UK Private Equity Firms Investing in Retail

by Lola Aboderin

  • 21 Jul 2010
  • PE

Preqin’s extensive database shows that there are 62 active UK-based private equity firms investing in the retail sector. Collectively, these firms have raised $130 billion in private equity funds, and have $42 billion available in dry powder. Preqin research shows that the majority of these firms raise buyout funds, with 77% of the firms citing buyout as one of their main strategies.

London-based CVC Capital Partners has raised a total of $38 billion in private equity funds over the last 10 years and currently has $16 billion in dry powder. The firm’s latest fund, CVC European Equity Partners V, raised $10.8 billion invest in mid-market companies based in Western Europe. The fund targets the retail and consumer services sectors, as well as distribution, manufacturing, media and IT.

The retail and consumer sector is one of the five global growth sectors invested in by leading private equity firm Apax Partners. Preqin research shows that the firm raised over $24 billion between 2005 and 2007 for investments in retail as well as other primary growth sectors. It has $7.8 billion in dry powder.

Cinven is a large buyout firm that has raised USD 13 billion in private equity funds over the last 10 years. The firm targets good quality companies with strong market positions, and valued at over $500 million, for controlling investments of $100 million and more.

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