The Most Active Investors in Q1

May 24, 2022

Every quarter, private equity data provider Pitchbook releases their accounting of the most active investors each quarter by several measures. Here’s a look.

Most Active Globally

The first view is of the most active private equity firms globally. Before looking, can you guess any of the top 5? Likely unsurprising for long-time observers of the private equity industry, HarbourVest Partners shows up as the most active globally in the first quarter of 2022 at 69. Rounding out the top five were Silver Lake at 68, EQT at 60, Ares Management at 55, and Shore Capital Partners at 55. The remaining members of the top 10 include Mubadala Investment Company at 50, Sjatte AP-fonden at 45, the Carlyle Group at 40, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation at 39, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts at 38.

Source: Pitchbook

Most Active in the U.S.

Switching to the U.S., which investors would you guess show up on the list for investing in U.S.-based companies? On top is Shore Capital Partners at 55, followed by Ares Management at 42, HGGC at 28, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts at 25, and the Carlyle Group at 32. The remaining members of the top 10 included Martinson Ventures at 22, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation at 22, the Cambria Group at 21, and Silver Lake/HarbourVest Partners at 19 each.

Source: Pitchbook

Most Active Buyouts

Switching to the most active buyouts, on top is the well-known Kohlberg Kravis Roberts at 9. The top five also included Ares Management at 6, Bpifrance at 6, Brookfield Asset Management at 6, Blackstone at 5, Waterland Private Equity Investments at 5, and Partners Group at 5. The remaining top 10 members, each with 4 deals in the first quarter, included Nuveen Real Estate, Salt Creek Capital, Advent International, Argos Wityu, The Riverside Company, Bain Capital, BNP Paribas Development, and Maranon Capital.

Source: Pitchbook

Most Active Add-on Sponsors

Moving to the most active add-on sponsors, the top mover was HarbourVest Partners at 67. Other top five members included Silver Lake at 66, EQT at 58, Shore Capital Partners at 53, and Mubadala Investment Company at 48. The other top 10 members included Sjatte AP-fonden at 45, Ares Management at 39, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation at 35, the Carlyle Group at 31, and HGGC at 29.

Source: Pitchbook

Most Active in Growth/Expansion

Last, the most active firm in the growth/expansion classification was Martinson Venture at 22. Following Martinson Ventures’ lead was the Cambria Group at 17, Addor Capital at 10, Shenzhen Capital Group at 10, Bpifrance at 10, Ares Management at 10, BGF at 8, Vista Equity Partners at 7, Shenzhen Gaoxin Investment at 6, and the Carlyle Group at 6.

Source: Pitchbook

Summing Up

Overall, the private equity sector continues to be quite active based on several measures. Time will tell whether the activity will continue in the coming quarters as the economy potentially slows.

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