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Apax Partners

Investor type Private Equity Firm
Founders Alan Patricof Ronald Cohen


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Total investments 225
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 160
Rounds per year 5.49
Lead investments 37
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 111
Key employees 38
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Health Care
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical
  • Mobile

Apax Partners is the famous VC, which was founded in 1981. The fund was located in Europe if to be more exact in United Kingdom. The main office of represented VC is situated in the London.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 partakers. Despite the Apax Partners, startups are often financed by Sevin Rosen Funds, Domain Associates, Alta Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Domain Associates, Star Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Star Ventures, Intel Capital, Accel.

Comparing to the other companies, this Apax Partners performs on 16 percentage points more the average number of lead investments. When the investment is from Apax Partners the average startup value is 100-500 millions dollars. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 16 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. The high activity for fund was in 2004. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2005.

The current fund was established by Alan Patricof, Ronald Cohen. The overall number of key employees were 38.

For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Semiconductor, Software. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight, iGATE Global Solutions, Soufun. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Cloud Account

$910K14 Feb 2022 Beijing, Beijing, China

Property Management
Real Estate
$295M24 Feb 2021 Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

KAR Global

$550M26 May 2020 Indiana, United States

Accurate Background

Human Resources
Identity Management
Information Technology
04 Feb 2020 Irvine, California, United States

Inmarsat Plc

Communications Infrastructure
Satellite Communication
$1B24 Sep 2019 London, England, United Kingdom


01 Jul 2019 Durham, North Carolina, United States

Fractal Analytics

Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Business Intelligence
Machine Learning
$200M16 Jan 2019 New York, New York, United States

Human Resources
11 Sep 2018 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Bluestone Lane

Food and Beverage
$20M12 Jul 2018 New York, New York, United States
Tide Raises $100M in Series C Funding

– Tide from London, UK provides a business financial platform that offers business accounts and related banking services, as well as a comprehensive set of software solutions.
– The company raised $100m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by funds advised by Apax Digital, the growth equity team of Apax Partners, with participation from existing investors Anthemis, Augmentum, Jigsaw, Local Globe / Latitude, SBI, and SpeedInvest.
– The new investment will be used to continue to develop their business financial platform, grow their market share and expand globally.


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