Preqin data shows there are currently 145 private equity firms operating from France. The latest data from Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles database shows that collectively, these firms have raised over EUR 54.1 billion in private equity capital over the last 10 years, and have approximately EUR 18.3 billion available in dry powder.
The top five private equity firms in France, ranked according to total funds raised in the last 10 years, are AXA Private Equity, PAI Partners, LBO France, Euromezzanine, and Sagard Private Equity.
AXA Private Equity is a global private markets asset management firm that invests in private equity, and private infrastructure. The firm manages a broad range of private equity funds and has also raised many private equity funds of funds. It targets investments in a diversified range of industries including technology, IT, and life sciences. The firm has raised EUR 14.1 billion in the last 10 years and has an estimated EUR 5.7 million in dry powder.
PAI Partners is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity firms dedicated to investments in companies that are headquartered in Europe. It targets buyout investments in medium to large-sized companies in a range of industries including consumer products, media, healthcare and financial services. The firm has raised over EUR 7 billion in private equity funds over the last decade and currently has an estimated EUR 2 billion in dry powder.
LBO France is a private equity firm that mainly targets French firms or companies with French management. LBO France is dedicated to buyout investments in small to mid-market companies across a diversified range of industries. The firm has EUR 2.5 billion over the last 10 years and has approximately EUR 1.1 billion in available capital.
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