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Press release issued by Waterland Private Equity Investments in respect of Waterland Private Equity Fund VII

Waterland announces closing of €2 billion for their seventh fund

29 August 2017

BUSSUM, THE NETHERLANDS (August 29, 2017) – Waterland Private Equity Investments (“Waterland”) is pleased to announce the closing of its seventh institutional fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund VII (“WPEF VII”) at €2 billion, less than two months after its initial launch.

WPEF VII was considerably oversubscribed with demand exceeding the fundraising target significantly, attributable to continued strong support from existing investors combined with significant interest of new investors.

The fundraising attracted commitments from world class institutional investors from Europe (40%), the United States (42%), Middle East (6%) and Asia Pacific (12%). Public pension plans represent the largest proportion of the investor base.

WPEF VII expects to make control investments in medium-sized quality companies in fragmented growth markets in Northern Europe (Benelux, DACH, Poland, UK/Ireland and Nordics) to finance organic and acquisitive growth. This is a continuation of the successful buy-and-build investment strategy applied to the Firm’s prior funds over the last two decades.

“The fundraising for WPEF VII has been a great success and we are grateful for the support of our investors. We look forward to making investments with our seventh fund, for which we see many attractive opportunities in our target region. We remain grateful for the continued support of our existing investors, and we are proud of the high quality of the new investors we now welcome into WPEF VII.” said Frank Vlayen, CEO.

MVision Private Equity Advisers acted as the global strategic fundraising adviser for Waterland. Clifford Chance acted as the global legal, tax and regulatory counsel.

Background on Waterland Private Equity Investments

Waterland is an independent private equity investment group that supports entrepreneurs in realizing their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions.

Waterland acts as an active shareholder in its portfolio companies, playing a key role in their strategic and operational development, growth and performance. With its experienced, entrepreneurial investment team, Waterland aims to help ambitious entrepreneurs obtain a strong market position in today’s increasingly competitive international business environment.

As of today, Waterland has invested in 80 platform companies and has made an additional 330 add-on acquisitions to expand those platforms.

Waterland has since its foundation in 1999 consistently achieved top tier investment performance. It ranks as the top performing buyout fund in 2016, according to HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Ranking compiled by Prof. Gottschalg of HEC Paris Business School, January 2017.

Waterland has offices in The Netherlands (Bussum), Belgium (Antwerp), Germany (Munich and Düsseldorf), Poland (Warsaw), the United Kingdom (Manchester) and Denmark (Copenhagen) and, with this latest fund currently manages €6 billion of investor commitments.

Waterland is registered as a fund manager in the register maintained by the Dutch regulator, the AFM (Autoriteit Financiële Markten).


For further information, please contact:

Frank Vlayen, CEO, Waterland,

Mounir Guen, CEO, MVision Private Equity Advisers,

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 This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States and interests in the Fund may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from legislation.