Private Equity Deal Origination

We are asked every day by private equity groups to help them find acquisition targets. A private equity firm is an investment management company that provides financial backing and makes investments in the private equity of startup or operating companies through a variety of loosely affiliated investment strategies including leveraged buyout, venture capital, and growth capital.

We have over 1,000 of them in our database and there are over two thousand of them in the US. Here are the first few in alphabetical order.

FirmCitySTEmailPhone
1847 HoldingsNew YorkNYeroberts@1847holdings.com`+1 954-453-9662
2M Investment PartnersPhiladelphiaPAfields@2minvestors.com`+1 617-835-8874
3 Rivers CapitalPittsburghPAzhong@3riverscap.com`+1 412-765-2491
39 North CapitalNew YorkNYjroffman@39northcapital.com`+1 212-482-1255
3iLondon Sachin.Jivanji@3i.com`+44 20 7975 3449
3P Equity PartnersSan JoseCAvadimy@3pequity.com+1 (408) 983-0720
40|73 CapitalNew YorkNYdsaksena@4073capital.com1 312-961-6485
633 GroupPortageMIadenooyer@633group.com`+1 269-323-1400
ABRY PartnersBostonMAnmassard@abry.com617-859-2959
ACON InvestmentsWashingtonDCahernandez@aconinvestments.com`+1 202-454-1137
Acorda TherapeuticsArdsleyNYslee@acorda.com9143265852
Acorn Growth Ok.CityOKrhinaman@acorngc.com+1 (703) 548-0809
ADCURAM GroupMunich rebekka.gaertner@adcuram.de`+ 49 (89).20 20 95 90
Addison Capital PartnersWest Palm FLrdevink@addcapmail.com+1 (434) 295-0332
AdvantusJacksonvilleFLbdunford@advantus.com`+1 904-482-0091
Advent-MorroSan Juan dramirez@adventmorro.com787-7255285
adventur.esColumbiaMOe@adventur.es+1 (573) 445-0678
AEA InvestorsNew YorkNYamehfar@aeainvestors.com212-702-0553
AGI PartnersNew YorkNYmlee@agi-llc.com+1 (646) 766-0676
AGIC CapitalMunich linus.lenhard@agic-group.com`+49 177 3205463
AIACNew YorkNYbshiau@aiacgroup.com203-952-9212
AkornLake ForestILSean.brynjelsen@akorn.com847-279-6100
Akoya CapitalChicagoILcpeterson@akoyacapital.com+1 (312) 604-3932
Alaris Royalty CorpCalgaryABgdelcourt@alarisroyalty.com+1 (403) 260-1452

Below are the biggest ones. The people who run these funds are sports fans just like everybody else. The top twenty alone manage two thirds of a trillion dollars and they are always raising capital and reinvesting it. 

RankFirmHeadquartersAssets in Millions
1The Blackstone Group New York City$82,851
2The Carlyle Group Washington D.C.$63,802
3Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. New York City$47,977
4CVC Capital Partners Luxembourg$47,413
5Warburg Pincus New York City$36,557
6Bain Capital Boston$35,554
7EQT Partners Stockholm$30,054
8Thoma Bravo Chicago$29,880
9Apollo Global Management New York City$29,001
10Neuberger Berman New York City$28,884
11Hellman & Friedman Boston$26,900
12TPG Capital Fort Worth$25,661
13EnCap Investments Houston$21,097
14Vista Equity Partners San Francisco$19,785
15Apax Partners London$18,615
16General Atlantic New York City$16,916
17Clayton, Dubilier & Rice New York City$16,509
18Permira London$16,394
19Advent International Boston$16,026
20Silver Lake Partners Menlo Park$15,000

These groups make no secret about where they are looking to invest. There are hundreds of thousands of private companies that fit their criteria, and we are very good at gauging their interest in an exit strategy. With over 700,000 companies in this pool, there is an inexhaustible supply of business.

Annual Revenues # Privately Held US Companies 
Less than $500,000              5,804,537
$500,000-1 Million              3,012,600
$1-$2.5 Million              1,905,292
$2.5-$5 Million                 729,262
$5-$10 Million                 398,285
$10-$20 Million                 190,484
$20-$50 Million                 123,037
$50-$100 Million                    42,083
$100-$500 Million                    27,350
$500m-$1 Billion                      3,466
Over $1 Billion                      4,770
  
$5-500 Million                 781,239
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