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Top 5 Private Equity Fund Managers Based in Europe

by Adam Counihan

  • 23 Feb 2011
  • PE

Preqin research shows that there are 1,451 private equity fund managers with headquarters in Europe who have raised private equity funds totalling over EUR 411.1 billion in the last 10 years. Preqin data reveals that, in terms of total capital raised, the top five fund managers headquartered in Europe are CVC Capital Partners, Apax Partners, AXA Private Equity, Permira and Partners Group.

CVC Capital Partners are a UK-based buyout fund manager that has raised EUR 26.9 billion in the past 10 years. The firm has an extensive network of 20 offices across Europe, Asia and the US from which it invests globally with a long-term strategy focused on creating value and improving portfolio companies’ performance.

Apax Partners (excluding the independent Apax France) has raised EUR 20.9 billion over the last decade for investment in a broad spectrum of industries, with a focus on service-orientated, technology and communications investment globally since its establishment in 1972. The firm raise both buyout and venture funds.

AXA Private Equity was founded by Dominique Senequier in 1996 with the objective of creating a global leader in third party private equity asset management. The firm has grown significantly, in line with global private equity market expansion and have raised in excess of EUR 13.5 billion in the last 10 years for distribution from a mixed set of funds covering fund of funds, secondaries, mezzanine, co-investment multi-manager, turnaround, venture and buyout.

In terms of total capital accumulated in the past decade, Permira follow AXA Private Equity closely with EUR 13.1 billion raised in this period. The firm was founded in 1985 as a number of country-specific separate businesses operating under the Schroder Ventures brand. In 1996, the UK, French, German and Italian teams joined together to create Schroder Ventures Europe, raising its first pan-European fund. The firm name was changed to Permira in 2001 and opened its first office in North America, in New York, in 2002.

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm based in Zug, Switzerland and has amassed EUR 11.1 billion in committed capital over the past decade, managing a broad range of funds and customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors. The firm employs over 450 people and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange with a clear majority owned by its Partners and all employees.

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