PSG closes debut European fund at EUR1.25bn hard cap
PSG, a growth equity firm partnering with lower middle-market software and technology-enabled service companies, has closed PSG Europe, the firm’s debut Europe-focused fund, with EUR1.25 billion in limited third-party partner commitments.
The fund, which was oversubscribed, received commitments from existing and new PSG investors, including state pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and high net worth individuals. The final close of PSG Europe brings PSG’s aggregate capital commitments across the US and Europe to more than USD5 billion.
The London-based PSG Europe team consists of 22 investment professionals advising on fund investments in European growth-stage and lower middle-market software and B2B services companies. PSG’s European investment strategy mirrors the firm’s buy and build strategy in the US, which has a track record of partnering with management teams to scale businesses through organic and inorganic growth.
“The final close of PSG Europe represents a significant milestone for PSG and firmly establishes our firm as one of Europe’s leading growth equity investors,” SAYS Mark Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of PSG. “We’ve carefully built an exceptional investment team with deep industry expertise to capitalise on the opportunity we see across Europe.”
Peter Wilde, Chairman of PSG, says: “We are thrilled that our inaugural European fund has been met with such strong demand from a high-calibre and diversified group of limited partners. We are grateful for the support the fund has received from both new and returning investors, as it is a testament to the strength of the PSG platform and our investment approach.”
Dany Rammal, Managing Director and Head of the PSG Europe team, says: “The highly fragmented European market presents a significant opportunity for a firm like ours. The strength of our deal sourcing and operational capabilities mean we are well positioned to partner with founders and entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses into leading pan-European software champions.”
To date, PSG Europe has made seven platform investments in Europe with the acquisitions of Hornetsecurity, Imaweb, MAPAL Group, Nomentia, Signaturit Solutions, SKEEPERS and Sympa, as well as 12 closed add-on acquisitions. Today, PSG’s European portfolio consists of companies with operations across 14 countries, enabling the acceleration of digital software solution adoption across large sectors of the economy.