Private Equity

Our highly experienced private equity team creates and originates a variety of (often unique) investment opportunities, helping quality sponsors continue to back their best portfolio companies with innovative solutions.

Differentiated Approach

at the intersection of direct buyout and secondaries PE

Globally networked team

130 years of combined PE experience

Solutions driven

We provide bespoke solutions for all stakeholders

Our approach

What we do for Private Equity firms

We provide equity and structured capital solutions to leading private equity firms in North America and Europe in seasoned, performing assets. Our typical investments include follow-on equity capital to fund M&A for an existing portfolio company, taking a minority interest in a portfolio company to allow for partial liquidity or providing flexible capital for continuation situations around a single asset.

What we do for investors

We see our global, institutional investor base as true partners in our business. We offer them co-blended funds, co-investment opportunities and bespoke account solutions combined with global access to differentiated and often unique private equity situations; supported by rigorous due diligence, governance and risk analysis processes, combined with high quality fund administration and reporting.

How we operate

Our team operates at the intersection of the direct buyout, co-investment and secondaries markets. This hybrid approach and solutions driven attitude allow us to structure bespoke transactions to suit the specifics of a transaction opportunity.

Our team

DWS’s private equity business was established with a highly experienced, globally networked team with over 130 years of combined experience across direct buyouts and co-investments, complex secondaries, strategic advisory and M&A. This holistic skill set allows us to be innovative, flexible and offer holistic solutions for all stakeholders.

Mark McDonald

Global Head of Private Equity

Kumber Husain

Head of Private Equity, Americas

Daniel Green

Head of EMEA, Private Equity

Latest insights

May 25, 2020 Alternative Assets

A growing opportunity set

Covid-19 looks set to further accentuate secular private-equity trends towards add-on activity and sponsor-to-sponsor exits.
Apr 29, 2019 Private Equity

Have your private equity cake and eat it

Up until now, investors in private equity had to choose between the superior alpha of direct buy-outs or a secondary market that offered more liquidity and less risk.
Jul 19, 2018

Fortune favors the brave

A look at the implications of the phenomenal growth in private equity.

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