Current investments

  • Size: n/d
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Business Service
  • Year: 2017

Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) is an international consultancy business that provides forensic accounting, data analytics and e-discovery expertise to help businesses manage risk in an increasingly regulated global environment.

FRA works on some of the largest and most complex regulatory investigations globally. Its clients are typically blue-chip multinational corporates seeking advice to help navigate regulatory scrutiny, effect compliant cross border data transfer and manage risk.

  • Size: n/d
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Year: 2016

Kingsbridge is the UK’s market-leading provider of insurance services that are tailored to meet the needs of contractors, freelancers and independent professionals, as well as the compliance requirements of partners including recruiters and accountants.

Working alongside its strong partner network, Kingsbridge covers the broadest range of industry sectors in its market, including aerospace, banking and finance, rail, automotive, nuclear, oil and gas and information technology.

  • Size: £80m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Year: 2016

Alpha is the global market leader in providing specialist consultancy services to blue chip asset and wealth managers and their third party administrators.

Alpha has over 200 consultants deployed across six major financial centres (London, Paris, New York, Boston, The Hague & Luxembourg), working on behalf of more than 130 top asset and wealth management clients. Alpha currently advises three quarters of the top 50 global asset managers.

  • Size: n/d
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Business Services
  • Year: 2015

Headquartered in London, Blackrock PM is widely recognised as a market leader, employing individual directors who are experts in their field. Blackrock PM has worked on an extensive range of projects around the globe, including airports, roads, railways, power stations, process plants, manufacturing facilities, health and educational facilities and commercial buildings. The company has advised on many high profile projects in London and globally including The Shard, Blackfriar's Bridge, Heathrow Airport and the East London Line. Blackrock PM works with many of the world's leading construction litigation law firms and barristers.

  • Size: £69m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2014

EV designs, manufactures and provides high performance, ruggedised video cameras that are used to diagnose and analyse problems in oil and gas wells. It offers a highly specialist service, providing skilled engineers to operate its cameras in the harshest of down-hole conditions. The high quality video and still images produced by EV’s cameras allow oil and gas well operators to quickly identify problems and design appropriate solutions.

EV is based in Aberdeen and Norwich. It has a further presence in seventeen worldwide locations across Northern Europe, Canada, USA, West Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.  The business currently employs 100 staff.

  • Size: £90m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2013

Kee Safety is a global supplier of safety solutions and products designed to protect people from hazards.

Kee Safety employs 274 people and sells its products in over 50 countries. Headquartered in Birmingham, Kee Safety’s customers range from multi-national corporations, to major contractors, distributors and installers. Its products include: fall prevention equipment, roof edge protection, barrier and guardrail systems and safe access solutions. The business operates sales and distribution centres in the UK, Germany, the USA and Dubai; and sales offices in Canada, China, France and Poland.

  • Size: £43m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2012

Premier Hytemp is a global leader in the turnkey manufacture of precision engineered alloy components for the oil and gas industry. It has a particular focus upon providing specialised products used in subsea wellheads and assemblies. Premier is headquartered in Edinburgh and has operations in Sheffield, Dubai and Singapore.

The market for Premier Hytemp’s products is growing, driven by global demand for oil and gas and significant investment in new subsea oil wells. Premier is well placed to expand its technical capabilities, geographic footprint and product offering to further enhance its position in the global oil and gas market.

  • Size: £44m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Business Services
  • Year: 2011

Red Commerce is a supplier of a range of SAP staffing solutions to international corporations and consultancies. SAP occupies a strong position within the global ERP software systems market with a high quality, diversified and loyal customer base.

Red Commerce has a global footprint with access to SAP experts in 80 countries, and offices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland the USA and Brazil. Business growth is expected to come from expanding the international office network and continued focus on service differentiation.

  • Size: £130m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2010

U-POL is a manufacturer of automotive refinish products including body fillers, coatings, aerosols, polishing compounds and consumables.

From its UK manufacturing base in Wellingborough, U-POL exports a range of products to over 100 countries worldwide. The company has a strong market position in the UK and a growing position in other large markets such as the USA. Its growth strategy is to expand in both developed and emerging markets.

  • Size: n/d
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Business Services
  • Year: 2010

CitySprint is the UK’s leading same day distribution company. It operates from 40 service centres in the UK and its fleet of 3,000 couriers can deliver to over 80% of mainland UK population, within 60 minutes. It handles over five million critical same day deliveries a year, providing flexible, reliable and cost-effective solutions. CitySprint offers a range of services including SameDay Courier, UK Overnight and International courier services, as well as more complex logistics services.

CitySprint is growing rapidly servicing the healthcare and retail markets and has a buy and build growth strategy. The company has made nineteen acquisitions since the buyout in 2010.

  • Size: £120m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2010

Weldex is the UK market leading crawler crane hire company. Its fleet of cranes can lift up to 1350 tonnes and include some of the largest in the UK. The cranes have been used in a number of significant construction projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, the iconic arch at the new Wembley Stadium and the 2012 Olympic site. The company is well placed to benefit from the rapid growth in offshore wind farm developments, UK power station construction and nuclear decommissioning.

Weldex operates nationwide and overseas from its headquarters in Inverness and its depot at Alfreton.

  • Size: £29m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Financial Services
  • Year: 2008

Hawksford is one of the largest independent fiduciary services businesses in the Channel Islands, serving high net worth private clients and small and large corporates. It also provides a dedicated range of services for multi-generational families through its family office business and administers specialist investment funds.

In 2014 Hawksford completed the acquisition of Janus Corporate Solutions, the fifth acquisition since the management buyout in October 2008. This followed Hawksford’s expansion in Jersey, the Middle East and Switzerland.

  • Size: £19m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 2007

Formaplex is an advanced manufacturing services business focussed on tooling and component manufacture in advanced materials including plastics and composites.

Based in Havant, near Portsmouth, Formaplex has a market-leading position in the UK premium automotive and motorsport sectors, with a rapidly growing share of the UK and European high-volume automotive, defence, aerospace and industrial markets. It operates from three state of the art UK manufacturing facilities with a strong network of European and Asian supply partners.

  • Size: £10m
  • Type: MBO
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Year: 1998

CGI, trading under the Pyroguard brand, is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of specialist fire resistant glass. The company serves the construction markets in the UK, Ireland, France, Holland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East from its manufacturing bases in Haydock, UK and Seingbouse, France.

CGI has followed a commercial strategy which combines acquisition with organic growth. In 2012 it acquired Interver SA, the French-based manufacturer of fire glass products. Significant projects completed by CGI include the installation of fire resistant glass at Manchester Airport, Heathrow Terminal 5, Hong Kong Airport and the Houses of Parliament.

  • Size: €15m
  • Type: Fund
  • Sector: N/A
  • Year: 2008

Innova/5 LP is a Polish-based private equity fund targeting mid-market buyouts in Central and Eastern Europe.

It focusses on growth orientated buyouts where the underlying company has an Enterprise Value in the range of €50m to €125m. The fund focusses on the following sectors; Financial Services, Technology, Media, & Telecommunications (TMT), Business Services, Construction, Energy and Industrial & Automotive.

  • Size: €15m
  • Type: Fund
  • Sector: N/A
  • Year: 2008

Realza Capital FCR is a Spanish private equity fund making investments in Spain (predominantly) and Portugal.

The fund invests in companies with leading market positions and attractive growth prospects either through organic growth or through subsequent merger & acquisition activity. Realza seeks to invest in companies with an Enterprise Value normally ranging from €20m to €100m. The fund’s typical equity investment will range from €10m to €25m.