Cinven is a British
United Kingdom
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 private equity
Private equity
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 firm founded in 1977 with offices in London
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, Paris
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, Frankfurt
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, Milan
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 and Hong Kong
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. Currently, the company has raised four funds, with the last one signing up €6.5 billion. Cinven is solely focused on European acquisitions and buyouts, with investment coming from over 150 institutional investors from 23 countries.

Cinven’s funding base originally came solely from three UK pension funds (British Coal
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, the Railway Industry
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 and Barclays Bank) who remain as important partners. Cinven has been reported to originally stand for Coal Investment Nominees' for Venture Capital.

Cinven invests in six sectors on an international basis: Business Services; Consumer; Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrials; and TMT.


Cinven is one of the largest and most influential private equity firms in Europe. Some of their recent acquisitions include:
  • Avio — In 2006, Cinven purchased Avio from Carlyle and Finmeccanica for an enterprise value
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     of €2.6 billion.

  • Spire Healthcare
    Spire Healthcare
    Spire Healthcare is a large British healthcare organisation with 37 hospitals in the UK, and the second largest private hospital group in the UK. It was formed when private equity firm Cinven acquired Bupa Hospitals in 2007....

     (previously BUPA
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     Hospitals) — In June 2007, BUPA announced that it had agreed to sell its hospitals business, comprising 25 hospitals, to Cinven for £1.44 billion ($2.8 billion/€2.13 billion). Spire has since acquired the Classics Hospital Group for GBP 145 million, as well as a single site hospital in Gerrards Cross, England.

  • Gondola Holdings — acquired in 2007 for €1.36 billion, Gondola is the market leader in the UK casual dining sector, with brands such as PizzaExpress, ASK, Zizzi
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     and BYRON.

  • Amadeus
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     — in 2005 Cinven bought Amadeus, the global leader in distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industries, for €4.4 billion.

  • SLV
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    - acquired in April 2011, SLV is a provider of residential and technical lighting products
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