Warburg Pincus seeks $16b for latest private equity fund

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Warburg Pincus LLC is seeking to raise $16 billion from investors for its latest flagship global private equity fund, its biggest ever, according to people familiar with the matter.

The New York-based firm is in the early stages of raising Warburg Pincus Global Growth 14, and prospective investors are already looking to make commitments to the fund, said the sources, who requested anonymity because the matter is confidential.

A spokesperson for Warburg Pincus declined to comment.

The new fund is poised to surpass in size Warburg Pincus Private Equity X, a $15.1 billion private equity fund the firm launched in 2007 that had been its largest fund to date. Its Warburg Pincus Global Growth fund raised $15 billion in 2018 and had generated a net internal rate of return (IRR) of 24.5% as of the end of June, one of the sources said.

Prior funds, the $13.4 billion Warburg Pincus Private Equity XII and the $11.2 billion Warburg Pincus Private Equity XI, had an IRR of 21.7% and 13.5%, respectively, one of the sources said.

Warburg Pincus joins other major private equity firms that are raising or have recently completed flagship fundraising.

In May, KKR & Co Inc raised its biggest ever fund, collecting $18.5 billion for its flagship North America private equity fund. Bain Capital also amassed $11.8 billion for its flagship North America buyout fund in April. 

Warburg Pincus is one of oldest private equity firms, having been founded in 1966. The firm has $64 billion in assets under management in technology, business services, real estate and healthcare spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In addition to engaging in leveraged buyouts, Warburg is a leading venture capital and growth equity investor. Some of the firm’s recent investments include Edelman financial engines, a California-based investment advisory firm; Airtel Africa, an African telecoms operator owned by India’s Bharti Airtel; and Ant Group, the fintech affiliate of Chinese technology giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Reuters

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.