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Accel-KKR, growth equity firms lead private equity performance

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Private equity firm Accel-KKR has topped this year's HEC - Dow Jones private equity performance ranking, followed by Francisco Partners and TA Associates. Firms focused on investing in tech and other growth industries dominated the list of top performers, a trend which tracks with recent data from CB Insights showing that the US created one new unicorn company every single day in 2021.

The list also includes a number of traditional industrial buyout funds, highlighting the staying power of traditional private equity strategies even in the era of tech.

The ranking lists the world's top PE firms in terms of aggregate performance based on all buyout funds raised between 2008 and 2017. The survey, led by HEC Paris Professor Oliver Gottschalg, analyzed performance data from 517 PE firms and the 991 funds they raised between 2008 and 2017 with an aggregate equity volume of $1.5 trillion.

Scale appears to be no obstacle to fund performance. A number of firms included this year have raised mega funds during the observation period and have still made the top 10 on a performance basis. "Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Hellman & Friedman each cumulatively raised and invested funds of about $20 billion in size over our observation period, which is about twice of the average scale of the top 10 firms," Gottschlag notes.


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