Carlyle raises $3.1 bn to invest in tech firms in Europe

U.S. buyout firm Carlyle Group has raised more than three billion euros ($3.12 billion) for a European technology fund targeting B2B technology businesses, Reuters reported.
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The fund, called CETP V, will focus on lower mid-market and growth technology companies across Europe. CETP V has exceeded its 2.5 billion euro target in less than a year of fundraising, more than doubling the size of the previous fund CETP IV.

The fund, which will have an average investment horizon of five years, is targeting areas such as cybersecurity, digital transformation and cleantech, as well as software applications for financial services, healthcare and infrastructure.

Michael Wand and Vladimir Lasocki, the co-heads of Carlyle Europe Technology Partners, said there were opportunities in less impacted private markets, despite the plunge in tech valuations and a broad tech selloff in public markets following the pandemic and crisis caused by the Ukraine war.

Carlyle aims to invest in approximately 20-30 companies through the new fund and in most cases will buy a majority stake.

Carlyle will reserve about 15 percent of the fund for growth equity transactions.

The Carlyle fund will write equity cheques of up to 250 million euros, resulting in deals from between 100 million euros and 500 million euros in enterprise value.

Carlyle will support portfolio firms with plans to become more international, for example breaking into the U.S. market.

Carlyle will also work with the companies to upgrade management teams and accelerate growth via M&A transactions.

The fund already has two investments – Euro Techno Com Group (ETC) a value-added distributor of telecoms equipment which it sold to Cinven in June, rolling on a minority stake into its new fund, and digital marketing agency Incubeta, which it acquired earlier this month.