Pacific Equity Partners

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Pacific Equity Partners
Proprietary limited company
Industry Private Equity
Founded 1998
Founder Simon Pillar,
Rickard Gardell,
Paul McCullagh,
Tim Sims
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Products Private equity funds, Leveraged buyouts
Total assets AUD 5.6 billion

Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) is an Australasian private equity investment firm focusing on leveraged buyout and growth capital transactions primarily in Australia and New Zealand. PEP invests across a broad array of industries and will invest in turnaround and growth capital transactions.

PEP is based in Sydney, Australia and was founded in 1998 by Simon Pillar, Rickard Gardell, Paul McCullagh and Tim Sims. The majority of the firm's founders originally worked together at consulting firm Bain & Company.

The firm has approximately AUD 5.8 billion of capital under management and was among the 50 largest private equity firms.

Among the firm's most notable investments are Hoyts,[1] REDgroup Retail (Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls, Borders Pacific Region), Independent Liquor,[2] Godfreys, Griffin's Foods (2006-2014; now owned by the Filipino company Universal Robina),[3] Frucor, Peters Ice Cream and Tegel Foods.[4]


  1. ^ Hoyts to be sold to private equity group. Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 September 2007
  2. ^ Asahi to Buy New Zealand Liquor Company. New York Times, 18 August 2011
  3. ^ "Pacific Equity buys Griffin's Foods". The Age (Melbourne). 1 April 2006. 
  4. ^ Pacific Equity Mulling Options for Tegel Foods. New York Times, 20 August 2010

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