The Global League Tables are Out – Who’s on Top

May 27, 2019

The Global League Tables – those quarterly reports out of Pitchbook and affinity – are out for the first quarter of 2019. Which companies would you guess showed up on top and which were the bottom-dwellers? Here’s a look.

Large Private Equity Investors Across the Globe

First up, the large global private equity investors. Large private equity investors are investors with assets under management (AUM) of $5 billion or more. Of the big boys, which ones are on top?

Interestingly, the top private equity firm for the first quarter of 2019 was Audax Group with 20 deals.

In second place was Summit Partners at 18 deals, followed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts at 16, The Carlyle Group at 16, HarbourVest Partners at 14, and Insight Partners at 14.

The remainder big private equity investors in the top 14 include (number of deals in parentheses) GIC Private (13), Bpifrance (12), Harvest Partners (12), Thoma Bravo (11), TA Associates Management (11), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (11), Genstar Capital (11), ABRY Partners (10), Advent International (10), and Hellman & Friedman (10).

The “Close-to” Massive Group

The next largest group of private equity investors are firms with $1 billion to $5 billion in AUM. How surprising is the list that follows?

In first place is Aquiline Capital Partners at 12 deals. Tied for second place is K1 Investment Management (9) and Huron Capital Partners (9). Rounding out the top 5 are Altas Partners (8) and Siparex Group (8).

The remainder top “close-to” massive private equity investors were Trivest Partners (7), LLR Partners (7), Gryphon Investors (6), Argos Wityu (6), WP Global Partners (6), LBO France (6), HGGC (6), Ridgemont Equity Partners (6), and Alpine Investors (6).

The Middle-of-the-Road Group

The middle-of-the-road investment group includes private equity firms with more than $500 million in AUM but less than $1 billion in AUM. Given what’s been shown so far, the following results may be somewhat surprising.

In the top spot is Carousel Capital at 5 deals, followed by Harbour Group at 4, and The Beekman Group at 4. The remaining firms on the list all made 3 investments. Included in the list are Stellex Capital Management, Incline Equity Partners, Ironwood Capital, Maven Capital Partners, The Stagwell Group, Columbia Capital, Auctus Capital Partners, Cohesive Capital Partners, Unigrains, Health Enterprise Partners, Valedo Partners, and Varsity Healthcare Partners.

The Small and Uber-Small Private Equity Firms

The final section here covers the small and uber-small private equity firms. The top private equity investors among firms with AUM between $250 million and $500 million was ACE & Company (5) and Fidus Investment (5). Following their lead was Bain Capital Double Impact (4), St. Cloud Capital (3), Pfingsten Partners (3), CenterOak Partners (3), Delos Capital (3), Chicago Pacific Founders (3), Seal Rock Partners (3), ORIX Mezzanine & Private Equity (3), and Dubin Clark & Company (3).

Of the smallest private equity investors, all top 5 firms made 3 deals in the first quarter. The list includes TLG Capital, Orchard Holdings Group, Oakfield Capital Partners, Regal Healthcare Capital Partners, and Socadif.


Overall, lots of deals made in the first quarter as the private equity world continues full-steam ahead into what could be a booming or disappointing 2019. So far, the answer is the former.

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