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Forbes holds final closing of USD1bn Kerogen Energy Fund

Forbes Private Capital Group has held the final closing of Kerogen Energy Fund, an energy private equity fund managed by Hong Kong-based Kerogen Capital with capital commitments in excess of USD1bn.

Forbes managed and advised on the global distribution of the fund. Forbes is the wholly-owned distribution business of G2 Investment Group.

The fund provides growth and development capital to junior upstream oil and gas companies focused on international emerging oil and gas basins and unconventional assets.

Ivor Orchard, executive chairman, and Jason Cheng, managing partner, founded Kerogen and have worked together for over a decade in the energy and natural resources sector.

The fund will primarily invest in geographies of strategic importance to Asian demand, particularly China, which is expected to account for over 50 per cent of the net increase in world oil demand over the next 25 years according to the International Energy Agency.

Todd Morley, founder and chairman of G2 Investment Group, says: "Energy is a major focus for G2 as we believe the global energy markets are technically and fundamentally mispriced. The world has run out of easily accessed oil, and surging demand in Asia will require new and expanding capital to invest with A+ management teams. We are excited to partner with Kerogen on one of the few private equity energy funds focused on opportunities outside North America. Kerogen’s specialised industry experience, regional focus and relationships provide significant competitive advantages for our investors."

Cheng adds: "We’re very pleased with the positive reception to Kerogen by limited partners internationally. We believe the fund is well-positioned to capitalize on many attractive investment opportunities within our pipeline of internationally focused junior upstream companies."

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