A different approach to private equity investing

Our approach


What we do for Private Equity firms

We provide equity and structured capital solutions to leading private equity firms in North America and Europe in seasoned, performing assets. Our typical investments include follow-on equity capital to fund M&A for an existing portfolio company, taking a minority interest in a portfolio company to allow for partial liquidity or providing flexible capital for continuation situations around a single asset.

What we do for investors

We see our global, institutional investor base as true partners in our business. We offer them co-blended funds, co-investment opportunities and bespoke account solutions combined with global access to differentiated and often unique private equity situations; supported by rigorous due diligence, governance and risk analysis processes, combined with high quality fund administration and reporting.

How we operate

Our team operates at the intersection of the direct buyout, co-investment and secondaries markets. This hybrid approach and solutions driven attitude allow us to structure bespoke transactions to suit the specifics of a transaction opportunity.

Our team

DWS’s private equity business was established with a highly experienced, globally networked team with over 130 years of combined experience across direct buyouts and
co-investments, complex secondaries, strategic advisory and M&A. This holistic skill set allows us to be innovative, flexible and offer holistic solutions for all stakeholders.

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Additional Alternatives

Real Estate

Private Infrastructure

Liquid Real Assets

  • $62.4 bn AUM*
  • 350+ dedicated on-the-ground professionals
  • 22 cities worldwide
  • 50+ years fiduciary experience
  • Deep insights from a research-driven approach, along with a bottom-up view from portfolio, asset management and transaction professionals shape decisions in core and non-core real estate and real estate debt.

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*As of 12/31/19

  • $14.4 bn AUM*
  • 20+ Year Track Record 
  • A diverse range of strategies across the globe span the risk/return spectrum, including private equity infrastructure and infrastructure debt
  • Our team specializes in transportation, utilities, telecommunications and other critical service sectors.

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*As of 12/31/19

  • $25.9 bn AUM*
  • An actively managed, fundamental, research-driven approach supports all activities in real estate securities, infrastructure securities, and active commodity investment.

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*As of 12/31/19

Sustainable Investments

  • $0.8 bn AUM*
  • 20+ years of experience in the microfinance space 
  • Our focus is on private debt and equity solutions in the energy, environment, employment/education, housing and financial inclusion sectors.

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*As of 12/31/19

Get in touch

Your Private Equity contacts

For general contact information, please visit our Contact us page under Profile

Audie Apple
Alternatives Investment Specialist
Anamica Broetz
Head of Business Development and Strategy, Private Equity