The Blackstone Group is one of the best and largest private equity firms in the world. It has received a number of top awards such as the Global Private Equity House of the Year (Euromoney Awards 2009). Fee earning assets under management in Blackstone private equity funds totaled $24.3 billion as of September 30, 2010. The firm’s investment strategy seeks out a diverse range of proprietary transactions in companies of various sizes including build-ups, growth capital, rescue financings and buyouts.
The Carlyle Group is rated the biggest private equity firm in the world in 2007, according to a ranking called the PEI 50 based on capital under management. The firm acts as lead equity investor in management-led buyouts, equity private placements, strategic minority equity investments, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financings. It focuses on sectors in which it has demonstrated expertise such as consumer and retail, energy and power, financial services, industrial, infrastructure, and so on.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) is the second largest private equity firm in the world. The firm typically makes investments in large businesses with strong franchises, attractive growth prospects, leading market positions and the ability to make high returns on investments. It has made some of the largest completed or announced buyouts in the United States, Denmark, India, Australia, and so on.
Goldman Sachs Capital Partners is a global leader in private corporate equity investing. It invests across a wide range of industries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm seeks to generate superior returns in a variety of situations including leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, growth investments and stressed investments across a range of industries and geographies.
Brentwood Associates is a leading California private equity investment firm with an extensive history of investing in leading middle-market growth companies. The firm targets investments in middle-market, consumer-related businesses operating in growth sectors. Its primary areas of interest include: action sports/outdoor lifestyle products; business services; consumer products/services; direct marketing; distribution; education; health, wellness & conscious living; marketing services; restaurants; specialty media; specialty retail; sporting goods.
NBGI Private Equity Limited is a top UK private equity firm with offices in London and Manchester. The firm invests in small and medium sized UK based companies, with a particular interest in the sectors of consumer and leisure; manufactured, industrial and building products; business and support services.