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KKR Raises $3 Billion for Firm’s Second Asia Buyout Fund

KKR & Co., the buyout firm run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, has gathered more than $3 billion for its second Asia fund, according to a filing.

The New York-based firm raised $2.76 billion from outside investors, and its general partners have committed $250 million, KKR said in today’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The private-equity firm is offering investors the option of a lower management fee or a greater share of transaction fees levied on the companies it owns, according to marketing documents obtained by Bloomberg News in December.

KKR is targeting $6 billion for KKR Asia Fund II to make deals in the region, where private-equity investments jumped 38 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to estimates from the Asian Venture Capital Journal. Carlyle Group LP and TPG Capital are also amassing regional funds to take advantage of Asian economies growing faster than those in the U.S. and Europe.

KKR raised $4 billion for its first Asia fund in 2007. That fund was producing an 11 percent net internal rate of return as of Dec. 31, according to the Washington State Investment Board, an investor.

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