Italy-Based Private Equity Fund Managers

by Nicholas Jelfs

  • 06 Oct 2011
  • PE

Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles product currently holds information on 84 private equity firms that are headquartered in Italy. Over the past 10 years, these firms have collectively raised just over €15.2bn in capital commitments and have an estimated €5.3bn remaining in dry powder. Clessidra Capital Partners has raised the most capital out of the Italy-based firms across the period, with a total of just over €2.2bn raised through two buyout funds for investments within the country. 

Of these 84 firms, 56 are based in Milan, with only two located in each of the cities of Rome, Turin and Napoli. With regards to geographical focus, all the fund managers make investments throughout Europe or within specific countries in Europe, with the majority predominantly targeting opportunities in Italy, and only six firms investing at all outside the region. 11 of the firms make only buyout investments, with a further 29 Italian-based private equity firms that make buyout investments as part of a wider strategy. The remaining firms predominantly make growth or venture capital investments, with only 13 firms that make mezzanine or distressed private equity investments.

Following Clessidra Capital Partners, the next largest Italy-based fund manager by amount of capital raised over the last 10 years is Investindustrial. The firm has raised €1.6bn over the period to make buyout investments across Southern Europe across a diversified range of sectors. It focuses its investment activities on medium sized companies, in the later stages of their development, and principally targets firms based in Italy and Spain.


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