List of the 100 largest private equity investors UK [2023 Update]

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Features-of-ResearchgermanyIncludes the largest private equity investors for management buyouts, management buyins, spin-offs, carve-outs, growth, crisis and succession situations.

Excellent depth of detail: Where available, detailed information on investment focus, assets under management (AUM), portfolio companies, contact details, management, etc.

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List of 3 major private equity investors in UK

In the following article we present 3 active private equity investors from the UK. They are active in the UK as well as in the rest of Europe – and are part of our UK PE funds list.

1. 3i Group plc

London-based 3i Group is one of the most renowned private equity investors in the world – and also one of the largest listed PE firms. The fund was launched in 1946 as a joint venture of British banks. In June 2022, for example, 3i announced that it had sold French healthcare company Havea to BC Partners for €1.1 billion. 3i invests in business and technology services companies, consumer goods companies, healthcare companies and industrial companies. The company is also an active startup investor.

Update 2023: New to the portfolio recently is Ahrensburg-based software developer xSuite Group GmbH. With the help of 3i Group, the company aims to continue working on its international presence and sustainably strengthen its position as a leading provider of APIA (Accounts Payable Invoice Automation).

2. Epiris LLP

Another major UK private equity investor is Epiris. Since 2011, the firm has invested over GBP 1.6 billion in 25 companies. Portfolio companies include animal identification provider Allflex and care company Appello. In July 2022, the company announced a GBP 1.7 billion takeover offer for financial publisher Euromoney Institutional Investor. The takeover bid was made jointly with Astorg.

3. OMERS Private Equity

OMERS is originally the private equity arm of the Pension Plan of the Province of Ontario, Canada. However, the private equity firm also has an office in London and is an active investor in the UK PE market. The firm manages assets totaling $19.8 billion and focuses on investments in the healthcare, services, industrial and technology sectors. In July 2022, OMERS Private Equity announced that it plans to acquire Network Plus. The company is a leading provider of utility and infrastructure repairs in the United Kingdom. Headquartered in Worsley, the company employs more than 5,000 people.

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Private equity funds in Great Britain

Private equity (PE) funds invest in (mostly unlisted) companies and, in the best case, sell their shares on after some time with high profits. Private equity firms are particularly suitable investors for company successions, growth opportunities and in crisis situations. A large number of such funds are active in the UK. They invest not only in their domestic market, but throughout Europe and the world. Our list of the largest private equity funds UK is a perfect introduction for every player dealing with this market.

Until now, it was almost impossible to get a detailed overview of the UK PE landscape. We have changed this. The PE funds UK list contains investment-specific data such as assets under management, investment volume and investment focus as well as several contact details. For this reason, the overview is ideally suited for lead generation and targeted approach.

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Included information in this list

  • Contact details (postal address, e-mail, telephone number, management)
  • Details of the reason for the investment (growth, restructuring, buy-out, spin-off) and the sector focus
  • Typical investment sizes and turnover of the target company in EUR million
  • Assets under management if indicated
  • Geographical focus

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