Preqin’s Fund Managers data shows that there are currently 170 firms located in the UK that make buyout investments, either exclusively or as part of a wider investment strategy. The latest information shows that there are 48 firms that solely make buyout investments, and that collectively they have raised nearly USD 132 billion over the past 10 years. Currently, there is almost USD 40 billion in estimated dry powder available to these firms for investment.
Of these 48 UK buyout firms, the top five fund managers by total capital raised over the last 10 years are CVC Capital Partners, BC Partners, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Cinven, and Terra Firma Capital Partners. All five of these UK fund managers are located in London and make investments in a variety of regions worldwide, apart from Charthouse Capital Partners, which focuses its investments in Western Europe.
CVC Capital Partners has offices located in many regions worldwide, including Europe, Asia and the US. Its industry focus includes beverages and food, retail and consumer services, manufacturing and distribution, financial and business services, media and publishing, and timber. The firm holds an estimated dry powder of approximately USD 10 billion, and has raised nearly USD 37 billion over the last decade.
BC Partners has raised the second largest amount of capital over the last 10 years at roughly USD 16 billion. The firm’s investments have no specific industry focus, and it has an estimated USD 9 billion in dry powder. Although its headquarters are in London, BC Partners also has offices in a variety of European countries, as well as an office located in New York.
Charterhouse Capital Partners has raised over USD 13 billion in total commitments over the past 10 years, and invests in most industrial and commercial sectors, but has a specific focus on service companies. It has an estimated USD 5 billion in dry powder.