Questions and Answers

What is EQT?

EQT invests in good companies across the world with a mission to help them develop into great and sustainable companies. EQT has several investment strategies - Equity, Mid Market, InfrastructureCredit and Ventures – guided by a responsible ownership approach and an industrial growth strategy.

What is private equity?

Private equity is an alternative asset class, generally comprising equity investments in unlisted companies. It plays a vital role in growing companies in many countries and industries.

What type of investments does EQT seek?

EQT invests in companies, in sectors and regions where it has the specialist expertise (both via the EQT Industrial Advisors and the investment advisory professionals of EQT Partners) to know it can make a genuine difference through the consistent application of the industrial approach and growth strategy. Focus is on control or co-control investments.

Why multiple investment strategies rather than one in which EQT can become specialist?

EQT offers access to key competencies in strategic business development, structural change and financial analysis. In principle, EQT invests in all sectors and companies in which EQT as an owner can serve as a catalyst for change to achieve genuine, permanent improvements. EQT has access to sector-specific knowledge through its extensive Industrial Network. The network is closely engaged in the process for acquiring, managing and exiting investments.

What is EQT's contribution to the companies acquired?

There are many companies that operate in attractive industries but lack entrepreneurial drive and business development competence. EQT invests in companies in which it can serve as a catalyst for change, to allow companies to transform into great and sustainable companies by making genuine, permanent improvements. EQT also offers access to an extensive network of experienced independent Industrial Advisors providing advice, credibility and serving as door openers in various situations.

Why does EQT prefer to invest in private companies?

EQT creates value by supporting the development of portfolio companies and allowing them to transform into great and sustainable companies. Achieving fundamental improvements requires total commitment from the Board of Directors and owners, full attention from management and a quick and expedient decision-making process. This is easier to achieve in private companies where EQT has full ownership and control.

What is the EQT view on social responsibility?

A long-term, responsible and sustainable approach to ownership is EQT's way of creating value, for investors, in portfolio companies and society at large. EQT is convinced that the best interests of investors are aligned with those of the portfolio companies, their customers, their employees and the communities in which they operate.

Economic returns are not a contradiction to social and sustainable investing; to the contrary, investing responsibly is a central part of EQT's ambition of delivering long-term superior value. It is basically good business practice.

Who owns EQT?

Simply speaking, EQT is owned by senior Investment Advisory Professionals of EQT Partners with Investor AB holding a minority stake.

What is EQT's relation to Investor AB and the Wallenberg family?

EQT, Investor AB and the Wallenberg family share historical ties although EQT is  strategically, financially and operationally independent. Investor AB was one of the founders of EQT Partners, investment advisor to all EQT funds, in 1994. 

Investor AB is also the sponsor and anchor investor in EQT's funds. Investor AB’s ownership in each fund varies but is around 10% in the more recent funds.