Carlyle raises $3.9 billion for private equity's second biggest Asia fund

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By Stephen Aldred

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Carlyle Group (CG.O: Quote), one of the world's largest private equity firms, said on Monday it has closed its fourth Asia fund at $3.9 billion, the second-largest private equity fund ever raised for Asia investments.

The new fund adds to an estimated record $140 billion of uninvested capital, or dry powder, that private equity firms have raised for the region, prompting worries that there is too much money chasing too few deals.

But Carlyle's co-head of Asia buyouts, X.D. Yang, dismissed those concerns.

"The regional economy has become much, much bigger. Ten years ago a $500 million equity investment was huge, but today it's a medium-sized deal," Yang told Reuters in an interview.

"The companies are getting bigger, the economies are getting bigger and the private equity funds and deals are getting bigger," he added.

Carlyle Asia Partners IV, which will invest in deals in Asia excluding Japan, is 53 percent larger than the firm's previous fund for the region, and exceeded its target of $3.5 billion.

It is second only to KKR & Co's (KKR.N: Quote) $6 billion Asia fund raised last year, and has already invested $700 million in equity in security systems firm ADT Korea.

By comparison, since the close of KKR's fund in July last year, KKR has announced eight deals which if completed would be worth around $2 billion in equity.   Continued...

A general view of the lobby outside of the Carlyle Group offices in Washington, May 3, 2012.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst