List of private equity firms

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The following are several lists of notable private equity firms based on criteria laid out in each list.

Largest private equity firms[edit]

The following is a ranking of the largest private equity firms published in 2013. The ranking was compiled by Private Equity International.[1]

The list includes very few venture capital firms, which tend to be smaller than their leveraged buyout counterparts; for a list of those see List of venture capital firms.

Rank Name of the firm Headquarters Capital Raised as of May 2013
(billions of USD)
1 TPG Capital United States Fort Worth $ 35.73
2 Carlyle Group United States Washington, D.C. $ 32.82
3 The Blackstone Group United States New York $ 29.56
4 Kohlberg Kravis Roberts United States New York $ 28.41
5 Warburg Pincus United States New York $ 26.00
6 Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area United States New York $ 24.63
7 Advent International United States Boston $ 23.06
8 Apollo Management United States New York $ 22.07
9 Bain Capital United States Boston $ 19.36
10 CVC Capital Partners United Kingdom London $ 17.99
11 Riverstone Holdings United States New York $ 16.70
12 General Atlantic United States Greenwich, CT $ 15.60
13 J.P. Morgan Asset Management United States New York $ 13.71
14 Oaktree Capital Management United States Los Angeles $ 12.34
15 Lone Star Funds United States Dallas $ 12.18
16 EnCap Investments United States Houston, TX $ 11.78
17 First Reserve Corporation United States Greenwich, CT $ 10.91
18 Ares Management United States Los Angeles $ 10.81
19 NGP Energy Capital Management United States Dallas $ 9.16
20 CPP Investment Board Canada Toronto $ 9.12
21 Golden Gate Capital United States San Francisco $ 9.00
22 Hellman & Friedman United States San Francisco $ 8.90
23 BC Partners United Kingdom London $ 8.63
24 Bridgepoint United Kingdom London $ 7.93
25 Nordic Capital Sweden Stockholm $ 7.74
26 PAI Partners France Paris $ 7.55
27 Silver Lake United States Menlo Park, CA $ 7.40
28 American Capital United States Bethesda, MD $ 7.34
29 Ardian (formerly AXA Private Equity) France Paris $ 7.10
30 Cinven United Kingdom London $ 7.02
31 Mount Kellett Capital United States New York $ 7.00
32 China Investment Corporation China Beijing $ 7.00
33 Clayton, Dubilier & Rice United States New York $ 6.93
34 Citi Capital Advisors United States New York $ 6.57
35 CDH Investments Hong Kong Hong Kong $ 6.51
36 Cerberus Capital Management United States New York $ 6.40
37 J.C. Flowers & Co. United States New York $ 6.36
38 TowerBrook Capital Partners United States New York $ 6.30
39 Leonard Green & Partners United States Los Angeles $ 6.25
40 EQT Partners Sweden Stockholm $ 6.21
41 Hony Capital China Beijing $ 6.21
42 WL Ross & Co. United States New York $ 6.20
43 Onex Canada Toronto $ 6.16
44 Sequoia Capital United States Menlo Park, CA $ 5.97
45 American Securities Capital Partners United States New York $ 5.97
46 TA Associates United States Boston $ 5.93
47 International Petroleum Investment Company United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi $ 5.91
48 RRJ Capital Hong Kong Hong Kong $ 5.80
49 Hitec Vision AS Norway Stavanger $ 5.73
50 Energy Capital Partners United States Short Hills, NJ $ 5.70

List of investment banking private equity groups[edit]

The following is a list of notable private equity firms and merchant banking and other private equity groups that currently reside within investment banking firms or have previously completed a spinout from an investment banking firm:

[defunct]

Parent bank Private equity firm Location Year founded Year independent
ABN AMRO AAC Capital Partners Netherlands Amsterdam - 2008
Barclays Capital Barclays Private Equity United Kingdom London 1982 -
Barings Bank Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Baring Private Equity Asia
Russia Moscow, Russia
Hong Kong Hong Kong
1994
1997
2004
2004
Bear Stearns ^ Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Irving Place Capital (fka BSMB)
United States New York
United States New York
1965
1997
1976
2008
BNP Paribas PAI Partners France Paris 1993 1998
BT Alex. Brown ^ ABS Capital United States Baltimore 1990 1995
Charterhouse Bank ^ Charterhouse Capital Partners
Charterhouse Group
United Kingdom London
United Kingdom New York
1982
1973
2001
1989
CIBC World Markets Trimaran Capital Partners United States New York 1995 2001
Citigroup Court Square Capital Partners
CVC Capital Partners
Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.
United States New York
Luxembourg Luxembourg
United States New York
United States New York
1968
1981
1979
1995
2006
1993
1979
1995
Continental Illinois ^ Willis Stein & Partners
CIVC Partners
United States Chicago
United States Chicago
1983
1983
1995
1994
Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette DLJ Merchant Banking
Asset Management Finance (AMF)
Avista Capital Partners
Diamond Castle Holdings
Castle Harlan
United States New York
United States New York
United States New York
United States New York
1985
1985
1985
1987
na
2005
2004
1987
Deutsche Bank MidOcean Partners United States New York 2003 2003
First Chicago Bank ^ Madison Dearborn Partners
GTCR
United States Chicago
United States Chicago
1992
1980
1992
1980
Goldman Sachs Goldman Sachs Capital Partners United States New York 1986 na
Hambros Bank ^ Duke Street Capital United Kingdom London 1988 1998
Jefferies Group, Inc. ^ Jefferies Capital Partners United States New York 1994 -
JPMorgan Chase & Co. CCMP Capital (fka JPMorgan Partners)
One Equity Partners
United States New York
United States Chicago
1984
2001
2006
na
Lazard Lazard Alternative Investments United States New York - -
Lehman Brothers ^ Blackstone Group
The Cypress Group
Trilantic Capital Partners
United States New York
United States New York
United States New York
1985
1994
1986
1985
1994
2009
Merrill Lynch Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity United States New York 1996 na
Morgan Stanley Metalmark Capital
Morgan Stanley Capital Partners
United States New York
United States New York
1985 2004
National Westminster Bank Bridgepoint Capital United Kingdom London 1984 2000
Nomura Group Terra Firma Capital Partners United Kingdom London 1994 2002
RBC RBC Capital Partners
Canada Toronto
-
1995
1990
2000
na
2002
2003
2002
UBS UBS Capital
Affinity Equity Partners
Capvis
Lightyear Capital
United Kingdom London
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Switzerland Zurich
United States New York
-
1995
1990
2000
na
2002
2003
2002
Wells Fargo Pamlico Capital United States Charlotte 1988 2010
William Blair & Company William Blair Capital Partners United States Chicago 1982 2004

^ Defunct banking institution

Notable private equity firms[edit]

The following is a list of notable private equity firms:[2]

United Kingdom3i
Hong Kong A & F Capital Management
United States ABRY Partners
United States ABS Capital Partners
United States AEA Investors
France Ardian (formerly AXA Private Equity)
United Arab Emirates Abraaj Capital
United States ACON Investments
United States Advent International
Hong Kong Affinity Equity Partners
United States Allied Capital
Netherlands AlpInvest Partners
United States Altor Equity Partners
United States American Capital
United States American Securities
United States Angelo, Gordon & Co.
United Kingdom Apax Partners
United States Apollo Management
Bahrain Arcapita
United States Ares Management
United States Argonne Capital Group
United States Arlington Capital Partners
United States Audax Group
United States Avenue Capital Group
United States Avista Capital Partners
Russia Baring Vostok Capital Partners
United Kingdom BC Partners
Luxembourg BIP Investment Partners
Australia Babcock & Brown
United States Bain Capital
United States BDT Capital Partners
United States Berkshire Partners
United States Blackstone Group
United States Blum Capital
United States Brentwood Associates
United Kingdom Bridgepoint Capital
United States Brockway Moran & Partners
Canada Brookfield Asset Management
United States Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.
United States Brynwood Partners
United States Brysam Global Partners
France Butler Capital Partners
Canada CAI Private Equity
United States CCMP Capital
China China-Africa Development Fund
United States CI Capital Partners
United States CIVC Partners
Luxembourg CVC Capital Partners
Canada Campeau Corporation
United Kingdom Candover Investments
Switzerland Capvis
United States Carlyle Group
United States Castle Harlan
United States Catterton Partners
United States Centerbridge Partners
United States Cerberus Capital Management
United States Charlesbank Capital Partners
United Kingdom Charterhouse Capital Partners
United States Charterhouse Group
United States Chicago Growth Partners
United Kingdom Cinven
United States Clarity Partners
United States Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
United Kingdom Close Brothers Group
United States Code Hennessy & Simmons
United Kingdom Coller Capital
United States Colony Capital
United States Comvest Partners
United States Court Square Capital Partners
United States Crestview Partners
United States CrossHarbor Capital Partners
United States Crossroads Group
United States Cypress Group
United States DC Capital Partners
United States DLJ Merchant Banking Partners
United States Defoe Fournier & Cie.
United States Diamond Castle Holdings
Russia Digital Sky Technologies
United Kingdom Doughty Hanson & Co
Dubai Dubai International Capital
United Kingdom Duke Street Capital
Sweden EQT Partners
United Kingdom Electra Private Equity
United States Elevation Partners
United States Emerging Capital
United States Ennovance Capital
France Eurazeo
United States Evercore Partners
United States Evolution Capital Partners
United States Fenway Partners
Norway Ferd
United States First Reserve Corporation
United States Flexpoint Ford
United States Forstmann Little & Company
United States Fortress Investment Group
United States Fox Paine & Company
United States Francisco Partners
United States Freeman Spogli & Co.
United States Fremont Group
United States Friedman Fleischer & Lowe
United States Frontenac Company
United States GI Partners
Belgium GIMV
United States GTCR
United States General Atlantic
United States Genstar Capital
United States Gladstone Capital Corporation
United States Golden Gate Capital Partners
United States Goldman Sachs Capital Partners
United States Gores Group
Brazil GP Investimentos
United Kingdom Graphite Capital
United States Greenbriar Equity Group
United Kingdom HBG Holdings
Hong Kong H&Q Asia Pacific
United States H.I.G. Capital
United States HM Capital Partners
United States Harbert Management Corporation
United States HarbourVest Partners
United States Harvest Partners
United Kingdom Hatton Corporation
United States Heartland Industrial Partners
United States Hellman & Friedman
United Kingdom HgCapital
United States Highland Capital Management
United Kingdom IK Investment Partners
United States InterMedia Partners
United Kingdom Intermediate Capital Group
Bahrain Investcorp
United States Irving Place Capital
United States J.H. Whitney & Company
United States J.W. Childs Associates
United States JC Flowers
United States JLL Partners
United States JMI Equity
United States Jordan Company
United States Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
United States Kelso & Company
United Kingdom Kennet Partners
United States Khosla Ventures
United States Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
United States Kohlberg & Company
United States Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
United States KRG Capital
Liechtenstein LGT Capital Partners
United States LRG Capital Funds
United States Lake Capital
United States Landmark Partners
United States Lee Equity Partners
United States Leeds Equity Partners
United States Leonard Green & Partners
Hong Kong Leopard Capital LP
United States Lexington Partners
United States Lightyear Capital
United States Lincolnshire Management
United States Lindsay Goldberg Bessemer
United States Littlejohn & Co.
United States Lone Star Funds
United States Lux Capital
United States Madison Dearborn Partners
United States MatlinPatterson Global Advisors
Korea MBK Partners
Korea IMM Private Equity
Vietnam Mekong Capital
United Kingdom Mena Capital
United States Metalmark Capital
Hungary Mid Europa Partners
United States MidOcean Partners
United States Morgenthaler
United States Morgan Stanley Private Equity
United States Newbridge Capital
United States New Mountain Capital
Sweden Nordic Capital
United States NRDC Equity Partners
United States Oak Hill Capital Partners
United States Oak Investment Partners
United States Oaktree Capital Management
United States Olympus Partners
United States One Equity Partners
Canada Onex Corporation
Portugal Portugal Ventures
Portugal PME Investimentos
France PAI Partners
Australia Pacific Equity Partners
United States Paine & Partners
United States Pamlico Capital
United Kingdom Pantheon Ventures
Switzerland Partners Group
Brazil Pátria Investimentos
United States Patriarch Partners
United States Patriot Capital
United Kingdom Permira
United Kingdom Phoenix Equity Partners
United States Platinum Equity
United States Primus Capital
United States Prospect Capital Corporation
United States Prospect Partners
United States Providence Equity Partners
United States Quadrangle Group
United States Redpoint Ventures
United States Rhône Group
United States Riordan, Lewis & Haden
United States Ripplewood Holdings
United States Riverside Company
United States Riverside Partners
United States Riverstone Holdings
United States Roark Capital Group
United States RPX Corporation
United States Saratoga Investment Corp
United States Seaport Capital
United States Sentinel Capital Partners
United States Silver Lake Partners
United Kingdom Silverfleet Capital Partners
United States SK Capital Partners
United Kingdom SL Capital Partners
United States Starwood Capital Group
United States Stone Point Capital
United States Summit Partners
United States Sun Capital Partners
United Kingdom SVG Capital
Switzerland Swiss International Finance Group AG
United States Symphony Technology Group
United States TA Associates
United States TCW/Crescent Mezzanine
United States The Rohatyn Group
United States TPG Capital
United States TSG Consumer Partners
United States Tavistock Group
United States Terra Firma Capital Partners
United States Thayer Hidden Creek
United States Thoma Bravo
United States Thoma Cressey Bravo
United States Thomas H. Lee Partners
United States Tinicum
United States TowerBrook Capital Partners
United States Triangle Capital Corporation
United States Trilantic Capital Partners
United States Trivest
Japan Unison Capital
United States Valenti Capital Management
United States Veronis Suhler Stevenson
United States Vestar Capital Partners
United States Victory Park Capital
United States Vista Equity Partners
United States Vulcan Capital Management
United States Warburg Pincus
Hong Kong Welkin Group
United States Wellspring Capital Management
United States Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
United States Wesray Capital Corporation
United States Weston Presidio
United States WL Ross & Co.
United States Willis Stein & Partners
United States Wind Point Partners
United States Wynnchurch Capital
United States Yucaipa Cos.
United States ZelnickMedia

See also[edit]

Related lists[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Private Equity International, 2013
  2. ^ However, this list is by now means exhaustive, but lists some of the most important current and once legendary investing shops. It's important to not that countless private equity firms exist in the U.S. so the list below makes attempt at including important players based on investment stage, industry expertise and location. Includes only private equity firms with existing articles, establishing notability of each firm