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 by PE Capital[edit]

The following is a ranking of the largest private equity firms published in 2014. 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 2014
(billions of USD)
1 The Blackstone Group United States New York $ 65.70
2 Carlyle Group United States Washington, D.C. $ 62.90
3 TPG Capital United States Fort Worth $ 59.00
4 Kohlberg Kravis Roberts United States New York $ 54.50
5 Apollo Management United States New York $ 48.00
6 Goldman Sachs Capital Partners United States New York $ 39.90
7 Warburg Pincus United States New York $ 37.00
8 Bain Capital United States Boston $ 35.00
9 Advent International United States Boston $ 32.00
10 CVC Capital Partners United Kingdom London $ 18.08
11 Madison Dearborn Partners United States Chicago $ 18.00
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

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:

Parent bank Private equity firm Location Year founded Year independent
ABN AMRO AAC Capital Partners Netherlands Amsterdam - 2008
Barclays Capital Equistone Partners Europe 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
UniCredit UniCredit F&A, Principal Investments United Kingdom London
Italy Milan
Germany Munich
United States New York
2003 na
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]

See also[edit]

Related lists[edit]

Other lists[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Private Equity International, 2013
  2. ^ However, this list is by no means exhaustive but lists some of the most important current and once legendary investing shops. It's important to note 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.