European Private Equity Firms Investing in Business Services

by Siobhan Brewster

  • 04 Aug 2010
  • PE

Preqin data shows that there are currently 319 European private equity firms that invest in the business services sector. These firms have raised an aggregate USD 335 billion in private equity funds over the last 10 years, and have USD 113 billion available in dry powder. The business services sector includes financial services, insurance and outsourcing and Preqin data suggests that it has remained attractive to firms during the economic downturn.  Business services present private equity vehicles with opportunities to pick up assets that have held up well in the downturn and often offer a strong and stable cash flow.

London-based AnaCap Financial Partners is a pan-Europe buyout firm that seeks investment opportunities with high-growth potential or restructuring needs in the financial services market. The firm has raised just over USD 1.1 billion in the last decade and their most recent AnaCap Financial Partners Fund II closed with EUR 575 million in 2008.

Acoro Capital Partners invests solely in mid-market Central European, South Eastern European, and former CIS financial services and specialized banking companies. The buyout firm was established in 2008 and currently has USD 73 million of dry powder available.

CVC Capital Partners is one of the largest European private equity firms and the businesses services sector is just one the many different industries in which they invest. The firm was founded in 1981 and has a network of 20 offices across Europe, Asia and the US, reflecting their global investment focus.

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