PEI Media to launch the PEI 300

To be released on 23 April, the PEI 300 will rank the largest 300 private equity firms in the world. Dubai's Abraaj Capital, Sydney's Pacific Equity Partners and Tokyo's Advantage Partners are amongst the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern firms to make the cut.

Leading alternative asset media group PEI Media will debut the PEI 300 ranking of private equity firms in the May issue of Private Equity International magazine.

The PEI 300 expands on the popular PEI 50 ranking of private equity firms by size. Those rankings, previously published in 2007 and 2008, measure a private equity firm's size by how much private equity direct-investment capital it has raised or created over a five-year period.

The 2009 PEI 300 rankings are still being finalised. David Snow, executive editor of PEI Media, said: “A sneak peek at this year's list reveals a private equity industry that continues to be dominated by a handful of US- and UK-based mega-firms. However, outside of the largest 50 franchises, the next 250 rankings show a notable geographic mix, and it is clear that a rising cluster of local champions will further globalise the private equity industry in the years to come.”

In all, some 30 firms from Asia Pacific and the Middle East are expected to appear in the final PEI 300, amongst them Dubai's Abraaj Capital, Sydney's Pacific Equity Partners, Tokyo's Advantage Partners and Hong Kong's Affinity Equity Partners. A full list of these firms will be showcased in the June issue of PEI Asia magazine.

The 2009 PEI 300 rankings will be unveiled on PrivateEquityOnline and PEI-Asia.com on 23 April.

Last year's PEI 50 rankings can be seen here.