Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles product shows that there are currently 458 Western Europe-based firms that make buyout investments, either exclusively, or as part of a wider investment strategy. Preqin’s most recently collected data shows that 112 of these firms exclusively make buyout investments, and have collectively raised nearly EUR 115.6 billion over the past 10 years. These buyout firms currently have roughly EUR 33.3 billion in estimated dry powder available to them for investment.
Of these firms solely pursuing buyout investment strategies, 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. These five firms alone have collectively raised EUR 65.3 million, over 56% of the total capital raised over the past 10 years by the 112 firms. All five firms are headquartered in London, UK, and collectively have approximately EUR 20.0 billion available to them in estimated dry powder.
CVC Capital Partners has raised the most capital over the past 10 years, at over EUR 27.3 billion. The firm focuses its investments across a variety of industry sectors, including consumer, business and financial services, food and beverages, IT, pharmaceuticals, and media, and throughout a variety of locations worldwide, including Europe, North America, and Asia, and has offices located across each of these regions.
BC Partners has no specific industry focus, and targets its investments across North America and Europe, but is also willing to make investments in other regions. The firm has four other offices located in Paris, Milan, Hamburg and New York, as well as London. It has raised roughly EUR 11.8 billion over the last 10 years, and has approximately EUR 6.8 billion in estimated dry powder available for investment.
Unlike the two largest firms, Charterhouse Capital Partners focuses its investments exclusively in Western Europe. The firm has raised a total capital of over EUR 9.7 billion over the last 10 years, and has a diversified industry approach.