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Back to blog June 30, 2021 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 for each firm (over the last 12 months) by the number of deal makers at each firm (titles of Vice President and higher).

The lists below show the top 10 most acquisitive private equity firms per deal maker, grouped into categories by deal team size.

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms per Deal Maker for Firms with

5 – 9 Deal Makers

  1. Arcline Investment Management (San Francisco, CA, US)
  2. Clearlake Capital Group (Santa Monica, CA, US)
  3. DFJ Growth (Menlo Park, CA, US)
  4. Kennet Partners (San Mateo, CA, US)
  5. Triton (London, UK)
  6. CORE Industrial Partners (Chicago, IL, US)
  7. Alaris Equity Partners (Calgary, Canada)
  8. Housatonic Partners (Boston, MA, US)
  9. IA Capital Group (New York, NY, US)
  10. Globis Capital Partners (Tokyo, Japan)

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms per Deal Maker for Firms with

10 – 24 Deal Makers

  1. Polaris Partners (Boston, MA, US)
  2. Stripes (New York, NY, US)
  3. Foresite Capital (Larkspur, CA, US)
  4. Draper Esprit (London, UK)
  5. Plexus Capital (Raleigh, NC, US)
  6. SK Capital Partners (New York, NY, US)
  7. Shore Capital Partners (Chicago, IL, US)
  8. Elaia Partners (Paris, France)
  9. Trive Capital (Dallas, TX, US)
  10. Holland Capital (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms per Deal Maker for Firms with

25 – 49 Deal Makers

  1. OrbiMed Advisors (New York, NY, US)
  2. Thoma Bravo (Chicago, IL, US)
  3. Technology Crossover Ventures (Menlo Park, CA, US)
  4. Maven Capital Partners (Aberdeen, UK)
  5. Abry Partners (Boston, MA, US)
  6. Foresight Group (London, UK)
  7. Francisco Partners (San Francisco, CA, US)
  8. Advantage Partners (Tokyo, Japan)
  9. Providence Strategic Growth (PSG) (Boston, MA, US)
  10. IK Investment Partners (Stockholm, Sweden)

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms per Deal Maker for Firms with 

50+ Deal Makers

  1. Business Growth Fund (London, UK)
  2. Insight Partners (New York, NY, US)
  3. General Atlantic (New York, NY, US)
  4. H.I.G. Capital (Miami, FL, US)
  5. Warburg Pincus (New York, NY, US)
  6. KKR & Co. (New York, NY, US)
  7. Carlyle Group, The (Washington, D.C, US)
  8. TA Associates (Menlo Park, CA, US)
  9. Cathay Capital Private Equity (Paris, France)
  10. Advent International (Boston, MA, US)

Combining all firms into one list, regardless of size, we see the benefits of economies-of-scale… in that the largest firms still close more transactions, even when normalized by the number of deal makers at the firm.

TOP 10 Most Acquisitive Private Equity Firms per Deal Maker

All Firm Sizes Combined

  1. Bain Capital (Boston, MA, US))
  2. CVC Capital Partners (London, UK)
  3. EQT Partners (Stockholm, Sweden)
  4. Warburg Pincus (New York, NY, US)
  5. Advent International (Boston, MA, US)
  6. Carlyle Group, The (Washington, D.C, US)
  7. KKR & Co. (New York, NY, US)
  8. Ardian (Paris, France)
  9. HarbourVest Partners (Boston, MA, US)
  10. TPG (Fort Worth, TX, US)

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