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Europe’s top five public pension funds actively investing in private equity

by Kevin Neadley

  • 08 Feb 2011
  • PE

Preqin's Investor Intelligence database shows that there are currently 138 public sector pension funds based in Europe that are actively investing in private equity, and that they have an aggregate current allocation to the asset class totalling EUR 38.8 billion.

The top five countries in Europe in terms of the largest exposure to private equity through public pension funds are the Netherlands, with EUR 18.7 billion; the UK, with EUR 9.3 billion; Sweden, with EUR 4.2 billion; Denmark, with EUR 1.9 billion; and Switzerland, with EUR 1.4 billion.

The five largest European public pension funds in terms of current allocation to private equity are: ABP, Stichting Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), Universities Superannuation Scheme, AP-Fonden 6 and AP-Fonden 3.

ABP and PFZW are both Netherlands-based public pension funds with current allocations to private equity at EUR 11.5 billion and EUR 6.8 billion, respectively. At EUR 1.9 billion, the UK-based Universities Superannuation Scheme currently has the third-largest allocation to private equity among European public pension funds.  Sweden-based AP-Fonden 6 and AP-Fonden 3 are the final two public pension funds in Europe’s top five, with EUR 1.3 billion and EUR 1.2 billion respectively currently allocated to the asset class.

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