Advent International raises $25 billion for 10th global private equity fund

  • Advent’s largest ever fundraise, GPE X, brings firm’s assets under management to over $100 billion
  • Fundraise demonstrates confidence in Advent’s long-established and highly effective strategy of investment, focused on specific sectors and operational improvement
  • GPE X follows the $4 billion raised by Advent Tech II, Advent’s second dedicated technology fund, in 2021
  • New Fund is more than 40% larger than Advent’s previous Global Private Equity (GPE) fund, GPE IX, which raised $17.5 billion in 2019

BOSTON and LONDON, May 24, 2022 – Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that it has completed fundraising for its flagship fund, Advent International GPE X (“GPE X” or the “Fund”). The Fund reached its hard cap of $25 billion (€22.1 billion) in commitments after less than six months in the market.

Together with GPE X’s companion fund, Advent Tech II, the firm has raised over $30 billion in commitments in approximately 12 months from its limited partners and internal capital from Advent.

Building on successful strategy
Following the same successful strategy as its prior GPE funds, GPE X will have the flexibility to deploy capital across geographies, sectors, deal types and sizes. GPE X will maintain its predecessor funds’ focus on Europe and North America, while also continuing to build Advent’s active local presence in Asia.

“In our nearly 40 years of experience, one thing we know is true is that when you partner with outstanding business leaders and together build great companies, great results follow. The GPE X fundraise, alongside our recent raise for its companion fund, Advent Tech II, are a testament to the trust our investors place in us, particularly in challenging global economic and political circumstances,” said David Mussafer, Managing Partner and Co-Chair of Advent’s Executive Committee. “We are humbled and invigorated by their trust and look forward to working hard every day to continue to earn it.”

Investments in GPE X will build on Advent’s global reach, strong operational resources and the deep expertise and entrepreneurial approach of the firm’s 265 plus investment professionals across five core sectors: Business & Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrial; Retail, Consumer & Leisure; and Technology. Advent will also continue to focus on investments where it has a strong track-record, such as complex carve-outs from major corporations and public-to-private transactions. Since its inception, Advent has invested more than $14 billion in over 70 corporate carve-outs across 23 countries and has completed more than 20 public-to-private transactions. The Fund also has the potential to co-invest with Advent Tech II and Advent’s Latin America-focused fund.

“Years of focus on operationally-intensive investing is at the heart of Advent’s track record of helping nurture and grow innovative, world-class businesses” said James Brocklebank, Managing Partner and Co-Chair of Advent’s Executive Committee. “Our expanding portfolio support ecosystem, our in-house data science capability “Advent Labs”, and our prioritization of ESG in the portfolio are all examples of how we continue to develop new ways to help management teams achieve sustainable growth at scale.”

Majority owned by its partners
Advent is a privately held firm majority-owned by its partners. This partnership model is designed so that control of the firm rests with the people who work there, creating a shared goal that ensures Advent is built to deliver for its investors, companies, team and community and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Established investor base
Commitments to the Fund were secured from a broad mix of international investors, including public and private pensions, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, institutional fund managers, family offices, and high net worth individuals. Most of the Fund’s commitments came from limited partners in prior Advent funds.

This press release is not an offer or solicitation of an offer, or an invitation or inducement, to invest in any Advent International fund. No person may invest in any Advent International fund except in accordance with and subject to the terms of the applicable fund documentation and applicable law.

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 390 private equity investments across 41 countries, and at the time of closing of GPE X, Advent has over $100 billion in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 265 private equity investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; health care; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. For nearly four decades, Advent has been dedicated to international investing and remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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