Los Angeles private equity firm Brentwood Associates has closed a fund with $688 million in capital commitments, during one of the best fundraising environments in years.  

The fund, Brentwood Associates Private Equity V LP, surpassed its $500 million target. The firm's previous fund closed with $439 million in commitments.

The firm has already made several investments from the fund, including Allen Edmonds, Lazy Dog Restaurants, Marshall Retail Group, which Brentwood picked up in August, and Z Gallerie, which the firm invested in in October.

Brentwood now manages more than $1.2 billion in capital. The firm focuses on consumer investments in the specialty retail, branded consumer products, consumer services, direct marketing, education, health and wellness and restaurant sectors.

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Other private equity firms are also finding fundraising success. Chicago PE firm Cressey & Co. announced it closed a $615 million fund, also on Dec. 8. 


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