Carlyle Group L.P. Profile
Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset management company that specializes in direct and fund of fund investments. The company was founded in 1987 by William E. Conway, Daniel A. D’Aniollo and David M. Rubenstein. The Carlyle Group would grow through a variety of successful investments and expand into European markets with offices in London, Munich, and Paris in 1997, also launching its U.S. venture business and U.S. real estate business the same year. In 1998, the company would open its first Asian office in Hong Kong and launch its venture business in Asia just two years later. Continuing with expansions, Carlyle Group would establish its Europe real estate and Asia real estate businesses soon after. In 2006, the company would establish its infrastructure team, establishing the Middle East and North Africa investment operation just one year later. In 2008, Carlyle Group would be named the most powerful buyout firm by Fortune. In 2010, the company began focusing on acquisitions to facilitate further growth, acquiring Claren Road Asset Management, Emerging Sovereign Group, and Churchill Financial to bolster its Global Market Strategies. In 2011, the company would establish its sub-Saharan Africa team and establish its Investment Solutions division with the acquisition of AlpInvest Partners. Carlyle Group currently has over $194 billion in assets under management that are spread across 130 funds and 156 fund of fund vehicles. The company has over 1,600 employees with 700 investment professionals spread across 40 offices around the globe. As of 2015, the company is was ranked the number one largest private equity firm in the world. Carlyle Group operates in four major business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies, and Investment Solutions with the majority of its clients being pooled investment vehicles. Some of the funds that the company offers includes the Carlyle Core Allocation Fund.