U.S. power and energy infrastructure manager LS Power Equity Advisors LLC has announced the final close of LS Power Equity Partners III, L.P. (Fund III) at a hard-cap of $2.075 billion, exceeding its initial target of $1.5 billion.
Evercore Private Funds Group acted as the global placement agent for the fundraising with Magenta Capital Services supporting the effort in the Middle East and Asia. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP served as legal advisor.
Fund III launched in July 2013 and closed within just seven months, following a first close completion in December 2013 of $1.52 billion. Fund III was oversubscribed, attracting commitments from a globally diverse group of returning and new investors to LS Power, including U.S. and European public and private pension plans, insurance companies, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, family offices, and Asian and Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds.
Paul Segal, Chief Executive Officer of LS Power said:
"We appreciate the continued support from our existing investors and the vote of confidence from our new partners. We are very excited about the potential of Fund III."
Richard Anthony, Chief Executive Officer of the Private Funds Group at Evercore commented:
"We are delighted that Fund III generated such high demand. The sheer level of investors' interest and, moreover, their willingness to move quickly to secure an allocation are undoubtedly testaments to the strength and quality of the LS Power team and track record in an attractive sector."
Jim Bartlett, President of LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC commented:
"We are very pleased with the outcome of the fundraising process. This capital, coupled with our capabilities, positions us well for the opportunities to come."
LS Power was founded in 1990, LS Power is an employee-owned, independent power company with offices in New York, New Jersey, Missouri and California. LS Power is a developer, owner, operator and investor in power generation and electric transmission infrastructure throughout the United States.
LS Power Equity Advisors, LLC is an established investment manager that has raised $6.36 billion in equity commitments across its three private equity funds.