Preqin’s extensive research shows there are currently 89 private equity firms based in the Netherlands. The latest information from the Fund Manager Profiles database shows that these firms have collectively raised €12.6bn in capital commitments over the last 10 years and have approximately €4.5bn available in estimated dry powder.
The most prominent investment strategy utilized within this region is venture capital, with just under 60% of fund managers adopting it either exclusively or as part of a broader investment approach. Buyout is the second most popular, with 22% of fund managers utilizing this approach. Other investment strategies predominately used by fund managers include growth, distressed private equity, direct secondaries and mezzanine financing.
The top five fund managers headquartered in the Netherlands in order of total capital raised over the last 10 years are Waterland, Gilde Buy Out Partners, AAC Capital Partners, Bencis Capital Partners and Egeria.
The largest Netherlands-based private equity fund manager based on aggregate capital raised is Waterland Private Equity Investments. Waterland, a private equity firm, focuses on providing expansion capital through buyout and growth-stage investments to opportunities in Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the Benelux region. The firm has raised over €2.5bnin aggregate capital commitments over the last 10 years and currently has an estimated €1.4bn available in dry powder.
Gilde Buy Out Partners is the second largest private equity firm headquartered in the Netherlands. The firm, established in 1996, operates as a mid-market buyout firm investing in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Benelux region. Over the past 10 years the firm has raised €1.4bn in aggregate capital commitments and currently has an estimated €0.5bn available in dry powder.