Looking at the number of deals in 2018, we can identify leading private equity investors in 2018. According to the data presented in the 2018 PitchBook Annual Global League Tables. In addition, that year, Genstar Capital was the most active private equity investor.

That being said, Genstar Capital had 88 managed private equity deals and assets over five billion U.S. dollars. Mercer Advisors, another Genstar portfolio company, has had a busy year.

Therefore, the goal was to conduct more than a half-dozen add-ons of its own. Over the summer, reports emerged that Genstar was seeking a sale of the company.

Further, in September, the firm and co-investor Lovell Minnick Partners sold a portion of their stake in Mercer to Oak Hill Capital as part of a recapitalization.

Genstar Capital hitting the insurance space

Genstar Capital has been busy in the insurance space.

In other words, a trend that indicates just how active some private equity firms have been in attempting to combine the industry. The most acquisitive insurance company in Genstar’s portfolio is Alera Group.

Further, Alera Group as a provider of various insurance, employee benefits and other services that the firm helped create in 2017. For Genstar, a propensity for add-ons has helped fuel a recent surge in growth.

A recent surge saw both dealmaking and fundraising rates on the rise. Moreover, earlier this year, the San Francisco-based firm closed its latest vehicle on approximately $7 billion. This was a major step up from a $4 billion predecessor.

The most active private equity investor in Europe in 2018 was Hg with 73 deals. Further, Hg did not have any deals in Central and Eastern Europe out of the 73 managed deals in Europe. Also, the most active investors in CEE countries by the number of deals in 2018 were Russian Direct Investment Fund (8), Abris Capital Partners (5), Innova Capital (5) and Mid Europa Partners (5).

The Most Active Global Private Equity Investors

The most active global private equity investors by industry were: Audax Group (39) in B2B; Business Growth Fund (15) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (15) in B2C; Hg (45) in IT; HabourVest Partners (47) in financial services; Warburg Pincus (7), Ontario Teachers’ Pension plan (7), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (7) and EnCap Flatrock Midstream (7) in energy; Linden Capital Partners (20) in healthcare.

2018 most active global private equity investor exits were: The Carlyle Group (24), Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (22) and Oaktree Capital Management (21).

The most active private equity investor exits in Europe were: LDC (17), Ardian (14), Equistone Partners Europe (11), Bpifrance (11), Naxicap Partners (10).

Moreover, looking at the venture capital deal count in 2018, we can identify the most active global venture capital investors in 2018. Further reading on Investors in Venture Capital is available in our recent article.