Market at a glance

U.S.-based buyout and mezzanine fundraising grew by about $4.4 billion in the past two weeks, upping the yearly total to $167.6 billion. This year’s total is almost $10 billion ahead of where it was at this time last year.

Carlyle Group added to the year’s aggregate by raising almost $2 billion for Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity Fund II. Meanwhile, JLL Partners is well on its way towards the $1 billion goal it set for its seventh primary fund. So far, JLL Partners Fund VII has pooled $800 million. Elsewhere, ACON Investments has collected $578.2 million in commitments for ACON Equity Partners IV, which is seeking $1.1 billion.

Another fund more than halfway to its target is BCP Energy Services Fund. Bernhard Capital Partners is looking for $750 million and has raised $542.9 million for the debut fund. Frazier Healthcare Partners, a growth equity provider in the healthcare sector, closed its eighth flagship fund on $262 million.

The completed deals side slowed in the last two weeks, seeing its 2015 total only inch up by $1.7 billion. Of the deals with disclosed values that took place, Apollo Global Management carried the torch. Apollo acquired OM Group Inc, a Cleveland-based maker of industrial equipment and materials, for a little over $1 billion.

Across the pond, Providence Equity Partners and WPP PLC teamed up to buy public relations firm Chime Communications PLC for $545 million. Another notable deal was for ABM Security Services Inc, a security services company bought by Warburg Pincus for $131 million.

See chart here: Market At A Glance 11 09 2015