Bridgepoint is a UK private equity firm based in London with an international focus. The company focuses on financial commitments to medium-sized companies. In addition to the complete acquisition of companies and equity investments, credit-based financing solutions form another investment focus. The recent acquisition of EQT’s private debt business should also be seen in this context. This article is based on the unique List of the 150 most important private equity investors Germany.
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Private Debt – Financing without a bank in the SME sector
Private debt is understood to be non-securitised, illiquid and unrated debt instruments that are placed privately. They take a wide range of forms and include senior secured loans, subordinated loans and various forms of mezzanine capital. Their existence is often confirmed by a promissory note. Such loans outside the lending business of banks can be an interesting capital investment for private investors. Investment companies such as Bridgepoint offer the opportunity to invest through appropriate funds.
EQT Partners AB is a Swedish investment group with a similar structure to Bridgepoint. However, the private debt business has so far been of minor importance and is to be completely discontinued with the sale to Bridgepoint. Private debt assets under management reached a volume of approximately four billion euros and accounted for approximately ten percent of all assets under management. Bridgepoint has been in existence for a good quarter of a century and manages assets of almost 20 billion dollars. The investment focus is on successful medium-sized companies with a market value of up to one billion euros, operating in the business services, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and industry, media and technology sectors. With the acquisition of EQT’s Private Debt business, Bridgepoint’s Private Debt business now has a total value of approximately seven billion dollars.
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