Who is Equistone Partners Europe?

Originally founded as Barclays Private Equity in 1979, Equistone Partners Europe is now one of Europe’s leading lower mid-market private equity investors.

What does Equistone Partners Europe ("Equistone") do?

Equistone has a team of 37 investment professionals operating in France, Germany and the UK, investing €25 million to €125 million of equity in private companies.

Equistone is a ‘hands-on’ investor, active in the companies in which it has invested. It achieves this through strong board governance, partnering with management and a focus on growth and sustainable profit enhancement, using its regional European network.

"We have a consistent focus on identifying and partnering with winning management teams…to achieve long-term growth and impressive returns for our investors" - Equistone Partners Europe

Some companies Equistone has invested in

  • Kurt Geiger
  • Antler

Why do we back Equistone?

"We like Equistone Partners’ robust approach to investing which has delivered strong performance over the years. Their ability to deploy capital and return it quickly is a further attraction of the firm" – Merrick McKay, abrdn


Central Europe

Core sectors


Target company size

€50 million to €300 million

Investment strategy