The Group was founded in 2002 by Peter Dubens and David Till primarily to invest in mid-market companies, located predominantly in Western Europe.
Between 2002 and 2006 members of the Oakley team directly managed and developed two UK-listed companies, 365 Media Group plc and Pipex Communications plc, through intensive buy & build and operational improvement programmes. The businesses together generated a total return of 29% per annum and a money multiple of 2.6x.
The senior team was expanded on the launch of Fund I in 2007, with three of the seven Partners in the Oakley Capital Private Equity business today having worked together since this date.
Since its first fund, raised in 2007, Oakley has regularly achieved its objective of returning gross 3.0x money multiple / gross IRR 30% on realised investments using its distinctive approach to deal sourcing and portfolio management.
Oakley Capital Private Equity’s first fund was a €288 million 2007-vintage fund, and has been succeeded by Fund II, a €524 million 2013-vintage fund. Fund III is the most recent, an €800 million 2016-vintage fund.
Today, Oakley’s senior team comprises a mix of backgrounds, further complementing our network and the Oakley Investment Team has experienced consistent growth since the launch of the business.