Partners Group closes €279m European buyout fund

Newly-quoted Swiss alternatives manager Partners Group has closed its second fund in as many months

Partners Group, a  Swiss-based alternative asset manager, has held the final closing for Partners Group European Buyout 2005 at €279 million ($352.5 million).

Last month it closed Asia-Pacific 2005, an Asian fund of funds, on $375m.

The latest fund has an exclusive focus on European small- and mid-cap buyout partnerships and direct investments. It has already committed €114 million to nine European buyout funds.

Among the limited partners participating in the fund were banks, insurance
companies, family offices and pension plans from the US, Europe and Asia/Mid-

Partners Group said in a statement it is well positioned to provide investors access to leading small- and mid-cap partnerships, most of which have limited or no capacity for new investors.

It said this segment of Europe’s buyout industry will generate attractive returns by taking advantage of favorable market conditions.

Partners Group has approximately SFr11 billion ($8.9 billion; €7 billion) in private equity, private debt and hedge fund investment programmes under management. It floated on the Swiss stock exchange in March this year.