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Back to blog August 28, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Top Private Equity Investors by Deal Team Size

Instead of providing a general list of the Top 10 Private Equity Firms with the largest, well-known firms, I wanted to identify formidable acquirers that may be lesser-known. To do this, I normalized the number of platform acquisitions (2018 YTD) by the number of deal makers (titles of Vice President and higher) at each firm. The lists below show the top 10 most acquisitive private equity firms, grouped by deal team size.

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms by Deal Team Size (5 – 9 deal makers)

  1. Clearlake Capital Group
  2. EDBI
  3. ABN AMRO Participaties
  4. Merida Capital Partners
  5. Connected Capital
  6. Atlas Merchant Capital
  7. Radian Capital
  8. Health Enterprise Partners
  9. Delos Capital
  10. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms by Deal Team Size (10 – 24 deal makers)

  1. NVM Private Equity
  2. Accel-KKR
  3. Polaris Partners
  4. Kinderhook Industries
  5. Frontier Capital
  6. Longitude Capital
  7. Business Growth Fund
  8. Visionary Private Equity Group
  9. Thoma Bravo
  10. Level Equity

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms by Deal Team Size (25 – 49 deal makers)

  1. Insight Venture Partners
  2. Andera Partners
  3. Serent Capital
  4. LLR Partners
  5. Technology Crossover Ventures
  6. Altor Equity Partners
  7. GIMV
  8. IK Investment Partners
  9. Platinum Equity
  10. Inflexion Private Equity

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms by Deal Team Size (50+ deal makers)

  1. H.I.G. Capital
  2. Ardian
  3. TA Associates
  4. Riverside Company, The
  5. L Catterton
  6. CPP Investment Board
  7. Permira
  8. Silver Lake Partners
  9. Apax Partners
  10. TPG

Combining these lists into one list…

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms by Deal Team Size (all sizes)

  1. Clearlake Capital Group
  2. EDBI
  3. NVM Private Equity
  4. ABN AMRO Participaties
  5. Merida Capital Partners
  6. Accel-KKR
  7. Polaris Partners
  8. Connected Capital
  9. Atlas Merchant Capital
  10. Radian Capital

BONUS, in case you are curious…

Top 25 PE Firms by Number of Platform Portfolio Acquisitions (not normalized)

  1. H.I.G. Capital
  2. Accel-KKR
  3. Ardian
  4. TPG
  5. NVM Private Equity
  6. Andera Partners
  7. Goldman Sachs
  8. ESW Capital
  9. Platinum Equity
  10. Thoma Bravo
  11. Riverside Company, The
  12. KKR & Co.
  13. Carlyle Group
  14. EDBI
  15. Polaris Partners
  16. Inflexion Private Equity
  17. General Atlantic
  18. L Catterton
  19. Boyu Capital
  20. Longitude Capital
  21. YFM Equity Partners
  22. Technology Crossover Ventures
  23. ABN AMRO Participaties
  24. Serent Capital
  25. Marlin Equity Partners