Private Equity Firms in Canada

by Cindy Smith

  • 17 Aug 2011
  • PE

Preqin’s extensive research shows there are currently 92 private equity firms located in Canada. The latest data from the Fund Manager Profiles database shows that collectively these firms have raised USD 13.3 billion in capital commitments over the last 10 years and have USD 2.8 billion available in dry powder.

The five leading fund managers located in Canada, with regard to total capital raised over the last 10 years, are Brookfield Asset Management, ARC Financial Corp, Athlone Group, EdgeStone Capital Partners and KERN Partners.

Brookfield Asset Management is a global asset management firm with offices in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The firm manages a series of specialty funds focusing investment within the timber, property and other infrastructure assets sectors. The firm has raised USD 2.4 billion in the past decade and currently has an estimated USD 372 million in dry powder.  Brookfield is currently raising the Brookfield Timberlands Fund V that invests exclusively in timberland assets within Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, US and Uruguay, targeting USD 750 million in total capital commitments.

ARC Financial Corp is an established private equity firm based in Calgary, Canada. Founded in 1989, the firm concentrates investment within the Canadian energy industry with a specific focus on plays in oil and gas infrastructure, oil sands, oilfield services and emerging resources. ARC Financial Corp has raised USD 1.9 billion over the past 10 years and currently has an estimated USD 411 million in available dry powder.

Athlone Group is an international business development company with offices in North America, Libya and the United Arab Emirates. The firm’s investment focus pertains to companies operating in the oil, gas, IT and real estate sectors providing technology advisory services, operational strategies, human capital and sales growth solutions to its investee companies.  The firm has raised USD 1.3 billion in aggregate capital over the last decade and currently has USD 117 million in dry powder. 


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