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IndustryPrivate equity
PredecessorBarclays Private Equity[1]
Founded 📆1979; 45 years ago (1979)
Founder 👔
Number of locations
Amsterdam, Birmingham, London, Manchester, Paris, Munich, Zurich
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Guillaume Jacqueau (Managing Partner & Country Head, France), Steve O'Hare (Country Head, UK), Marc Arens (Country Head, DACH/NL)
Number of employees
> 60
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Equistone Partners Europe (Equistone)[2] is a mid-market European private equity firm. The firm currently manages five funds and targets a diversified range of enterprises with a value range between 50 and 500 million Euros.[3]

Operating out of seven offices across France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK, Equistone has invested €8.5bn since 2002.[4]


Equistone was founded as Barclays Development Capital in 1979[5]and was subsequently renamed Barclays Private Equity. Originally part of Barclays Capital and operating solely in the UK, the firm expanded to France in 1990 and Germany in 1998.[6] Following a management buyout in 2011, the firm became independent and was rebranded Equistone Partners Europe.[7]

Equistone has invested in over 170 companies and in turn supported their acquisition of over 300 additional companies,[8] with the firm’s most recent fund, EPEF VI, closing at €2.8 billion.[9]

In 2019, Equistone became a signatory to both the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI)[10] and the Association Francaise des Investisseurs en Capital-Risque (AFIC)’s Climate Initiative (iC20), the first initiative in the private equity industry to support the reduction and management of greenhouse gas emissions by portfolio companies.[11]

In 2020, Equistone ranked in the top 100 largest private equity firms globally, according to Private Equity International’s annual PEI 300 rankings of the world’s biggest private equity firms, measured by volume of capital raised over the previous five years.[12]


  • Accès Industrie[13]
  • Acuity Knowledge Partners (formerly Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services)[14]
  • Amadys[15]
  • CH&CO[16]
  • Courir[17]
  • DefShop[18]
  • Omnicare[19]
  • Novares Group (formerly Mecaplast Group)[20]



  1. "Barclays to Sell Private-Equity Unit Equistone to Management; Bloomberg". 11 November 2011.
  2. "Equistone Partners Europe Investor Profile: Portfolio & Exits | PitchBook".
  3. "Equistone raises record €2.8B Fund VI; PitchBook". 13 March 2018.
  4. "Equistone investments".
  5. "Q&A Steve O'Hare, Equistone Partners Europe; Real Deals". 30 September 2019.
  6. "Equistone".
  7. "Management buy-out at Barclays Private Equity; FT".
  8. "Equistone investments".
  9. "The 6 biggest buyout funds of 2018 (so far); PitchBook". 19 March 2018.
  10. "Equistone Partners Europe; UNPRI". 22 February 2019.
  11. "Equistone Partners Europe; UNPRI".
  12. "The world's largest private equity firms; PEI".
  13. "Equistone acquires Accès Industrie | Real Deals".
  14. "Equistone to acquire Moody's Analytics Knowledge Services | Institutional Asset Manager". 17 July 2019.
  15. "Equistone to buy Amadys from Vectis | Unquote".
  16. "Equistone Partners acquires CH&Co caterers in secondary buy-out | Private Equity Wire". 3 June 2019.
  17. "Equistone to acquire Courir from Go Sport in EUR283m deal; Private Equity Wire". 22 October 2018.
  18. WW, FashionNetwork com. "Equistone buys DefShop streetwear brand".
  19. "Equistone buys majority of Omnicare | PitchBook".
  20. "Mecaplast sells majority stake to private investment group". Plastics News. 27 January 2016.
  21. "Equistone agrees sale of Apogee to HP for £380m | Real Deals".
  22. "Equistone exits Audley Travel and 3i steps in with £159m investment". CityAM. 21 December 2015.
  23. Louch, William (17 July 2018). "Gilde Buys Online Gaming Retailer Caseking From Equistone" – via
  25. "Equistone to sell Group of Butchers to Parcom". 23 October 2020.
  27. "UK Power Reserve sold to Sembcorp for £216 million". 31 May 2018.

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