According to Preqin's comprehensive Fund Manager Profiles product, there are 613 Europe-based fund managers which have collectively raised €380bn in the last decade. These 613 fund managers consider a buyout investment strategy, either exclusively or as part of a broader investment focus. Over the past decade, these 613 Europe-based fund managers have raised just over a quarter of the aggregate capital for all fund managers across the globe that consider buyout investments.
176 managers focus exclusively on buyout investments, raising €162bn in the last 10 years. The UK is home to 55 exclusively buyout-focused fund managers, which have raised €116bn over the past decade. France and Sweden are respectively home to 26 and eight buyout fund managers which have collectively raised €25bn over the past 10 years.
The top five Europe-based buyout fund managers are CVC Capital Partners, Apax Partners, BC Partners, Charterhouse Capital Partners and Cinven. These firms have garnered an aggregate €78bn over the last 10 years.
CVC Capital Partners has raised a total of €25bn over the past decade, and since the firm was established it has raised nine buyout funds, of which the largest was the CVC European Equity Partners V, which closed on €10.75bn in 2009. The firm invests in global industrial and service businesses, with stable cash-flows and sound business strategies.
Apax Partners has a global focus, and over the past decade it has raised €21bn. The fund manager is currently raising Apax VIII, a global-focused buyout fund with a €9bn target size. The five chosen global growth sectors for Apax Partners are technology and telecoms, retail and consumer, media, healthcare and financial and business services.