Riverstone Holdings

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Riverstone Holdings
IndustryPrivate equity, Energy & Power
Founded2000; 20 years ago (2000)
FounderPierre F. Lapeyre, Jr.
David M. Leuschen
Headquarters712 5th Avenue
New York, New York, United States
ProductsLeveraged buyout, Growth capital, Credit
Number of employees

Riverstone Holdings is a multinational private equity firm based in New York City focused on leveraged buyout, growth capital, and credit investments in the energy industry and electrical power industry sectors. The firm focuses on oil and gas exploration, midstream pipelines, electricity generation, energy and power services, energy and power technology, and renewable energy infrastructure and technology. Riverstone has raised approximately $34 billion since the firm's inception in 2000.


Riverstone was founded by Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr.[1] and David M. Leuschen, who had been instrumental in the formation of the Goldman Sachs Global Energy & Power Group in the mid 1980s.[2]

The firm is based in New York and has offices in Houston, London, and Mexico City. Riverstone and Carlyle closed on their first fund with $222 million of commitments in 2001. In June 2004, the firms completed fundraising for Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy & Power Fund II, with $1.1 billion of investor commitments, almost five times the size of the first fund. In 2006, Riverstone and Carlyle raised a pair of funds, including the third in its series of main funds, Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy and Power III, which raised $3.8 billion of capital. The two firms also raised their first renewable energy focused fund, Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund I, with $685 Million.[3]

Also in 2006, Riverstone was a member of a consortium of private equity firms including Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Carlyle Group that completed the $27.5 billion (including assumed debt) acquisition of Kinder Morgan, one of the largest pipeline operators in the US. The buyout was backed by Richard Kinder, a former president of Enron.[4]

In 2008, Riverstone and Carlyle raised $6 billion for their fourth main energy fund, Riverstone/Carlyle Global Power & Energy Fund IV. Additionally in 2008, the firms raised a $3.4 billion Riverstone/Carlyle Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund II as a successor to the $685 million fund raised in 2006 to focus on renewable energy investments.[5][6]

Then in 2013, Riverstone (operating without Carlyle) raised $7.7 billion for its fifth main energy fund, Riverstone Global Power & Energy Fund V.[7]

In 2016, Riverstone raised $5.1 billion for its sixth main energy fund, Riverstone Global Power & Energy Fund VI.[8]


As of 2016, Riverstone and Carlyle have six main funds focused on buyouts in energy[9] with approximately $36 billion of raised capital.[10] It also manages Riverstone Energy, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.[11]


In 2009 the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ordered Riverstone Holdings LLC to pay $30 million in restitution after Riverstone Holdings employed fixers to get them business from pension funds controlled by "corrupt" state officials.[12]

Green/Environmental initiatives[edit]

In March 2010, Riverstone/Carlyle made an investment in Enviva Partners LP. Enviva is one of the largest suppliers of sustainably sourced wood pellets and other processed woody biomass in the world. These products are used by industrial customers seeking to decrease their dependence on foreign fuel and their carbon footprint.[13] The AES Corporation and Riverstone Holdings LLC announced on March 25 that they have committed up to 1 billion as a part of a new joint venture to develop a global platform of utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects. Together, these firms have provided $500 million of capital over five years to invest in PV solar projects around the world. This jointly owned entity is known as AES Solar, they seek to be the leading global developer and operator of utility-scale solar installations that will be connected to power grids that supply businesses. These installations consist of land based solar PV panels that capture sunlight and convert it to electricity in order to feed the power grid.[14]


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  2. ^ Did Goldman Goose Oil? Forbes, April 13, 2009
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ MOUAWAD, JAD. "Kinder Morgan Agrees to an Improved Buyout Offer Led by Its Chairman." The New York Times, August 29, 2006.
  5. ^ Centopani, Paul (2016-05-16). "Buyouts Archive - PE HUB". Buyoutsnews.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Riverstone closes Fund V on $7.7 billion". Private Equity International. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Goldman-backed Riverstone readies for make-or-break fundraising: sources". Reuters. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Riverstone raises $7.7 billion for energy fund". Reuters. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Extol Energy Formed To Pursue Power Investment Opportunities With Riverstone Holdings". 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Riverstone Energy confirms London IPO raising £760mln". Proactive. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Pay to Play Scandal in NY Nabs Another Investment Firm". ABC. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Green Initiative Task Force" (PDF). Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Riverstone, AES partner for $1B solar projects venture". Reliableplant.com. Retrieved 2017-06-28.