Waterland Private Equity Raises €2B For Seventh Fund

Aug 29 2017 | 8:34pm ET

Waterland Private Equity Investments has raised €2 billion in capital commitments for its seventh institutional buyout fund, exceeding its target a mere two months after it hit the market.

The new fund, named Waterland Private Equity Fund VII, was considerably oversubscribed and saw demand from both existing investors and significant interest from new investors, the company said in a statement. LPs in Fund VII hail from Europe (40%), the United States (42%), Middle East (6%) and Asia Pacific (12%), while public pension plans represent the largest proportion of the new fund’s investor base.

As with its predecessors, Fund VII will make control investments in medium-sized quality companies in fragmented growth markets in Northern Europe (Benelux, DACH, Poland, UK/Ireland and Nordic nations) to finance organic and acquisitive growth. 

Waterland’s sixth fund closed in April of 2015 after raising €1.55 billion in three months.  

MVision Private Equity Advisers acted as the global strategic fundraising adviser for Waterland, the company said, while Clifford Chance was global legal, tax and regulatory counsel.  

Waterland, founded in 1999, is an independent private equity investment group that has invested in more than 400 companies to date. The company is a UN PRI signatory and currently manages approximately €6 billion of investor commitments.

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