CVC sells ten per cent stake to three sovereign wealth funds

CVC Capital Partners, one of the biggest private equity firms in the world, has followed rivals such as Apax Partners and TPG by selling a stake in its parent company to a group of private investors.

It is understood the firm, which has investments in Formula One and theme park group Merlin Entertainment, has sold a ten per cent stake in its Luxembourg domiciled parent company to a consortium of private investors. These are thought to include Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore (GIC) and an unnamed Asian fund.

It follows a trend for private equity management to give large sovereign wealth funds a seat at the table.

In February 2010, Apax Partners sold off a ten per cent stake to investors including China’s sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation. TPG is also understood to have sold management stakes to KIA and GIC in April 2011.

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