Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles database currently shows that there are 172 private equity firms headquartered in Canada. Collectively, these firms have raised approximately USD 36.3 billion through private equity funds over the last 10 years, and have an estimated USD 12.2 billion available in dry powder. Approximately half of these firms have a predominant venture capital investment focus, with almost a quarter focusing mainly on buyout investments.
Preqin’s extensive research reveals that the five largest Canada-based firms in terms of aggregate capital raised for private equity funds over the last 10 years are Onex Corporation, Brookfield Asset Management, ARC Financial Corp, Brookfield Special Situations Group and Birch Hill Equity Partners.
Onex Corporation is a buyout-focused firm that targets large-scale, value-oriented acquisitions of leading businesses based in North America. The firm has raised USD 9.4 billion over the last 10 years and has approximately USD 3.7 billion in available capital.
Brookfield Asset Management invests on a global scale with a predominant focus on acquiring and actively managing quality timberland assets. The firm has raised almost USD 2.4 billion in the last decade and has approximately USD 407 million in dry powder.
ARC Financial Corp is one of the world’s leading energy focused private equity firms predominantly targeting early stage investments in Canada and globally. The firm has raised almost USD 1.9 billion over the last 10 years and has an estimated USD 514 million in dry powder.
Fund Manager Profiles is the most extensive, detailed source of information on private equity fund managers in the world. It contains detailed profiles of over 5,300 private equity firms around the world, and current and historic private equity dry powder levels across the globe by region and fund type.