Most Active Private Equity Firms
If you are considering financial buyers to close your deal, odds are, it won’t be one of the larger private equity firms at the closing table.
In 2016, we consistently added 450 – 500 new private equity portfolio companies to the database every month. While the most acquisitive private equity firms were those brands we all recognize, there was something fundamentally interesting in the data.
Top 25 Most Active Private Equity Firms
(in order of number of investments made in 2016):
- Carlyle Group
- Ardian (France)
- Warburg Pincus
- TA Associates
- Cathay Capital Private Equity (France)
- General Atlantic
- Foresight Group (UK)
- EQT Partners (Sweden)
- IK Investment Partners (Sweden)
- GIMV (Belgium)
- KKR & Co.
- First Reserve
- I.G. Capital
- Platinum Equity
- Providence Equity Partners
- Waterland Private Equity Investments (Netherlands)
- The Riverside Company
- Vista Equity Partners
- Abry Partners
- Equistone Partners Europe
- CVC Capital Partners
- Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Canada)
- Business Growth Fund
- OrbiMed Advisors
- HgCapital (UK)
No surprises so far. These firms are mostly all household names in private equity. But I would like to highlight two points from the data…
First, two of the top ten firms are based in Sweden. Relative to population or GDP, this is somewhat surprising and interesting. Stockholm has become both a technology hub and a financial powerhouse.
Second, while these 25 firms made approximately 13% of the total private equity investments in 2016, the vast majority of transactions (87%) were done by the middle market firms. In fact, nearly 60% of all private equity transactions were closed by firms that only made 1, 2 or 3 investments during the year.
This is why it makes sense to use a M&A research tool like www.PrivateEquityInfo.com – that includes all the middle market firms – because we do not charge the buy-side firms to be in the database. This gives you greater coverage of the potential buyer universe and increases the odds of closing your deal.