History

Entrepreneurship and an industrial approach have been the core of the EQT business model since the start and from the very beginning, the focus has been on sustainable portfolio company development.

The heritage of the Wallenberg family's traditions of engaged and responsible ownership as well as the entrepreneurial spirit were key components when EQT and EQT Partners came about in the early 1990's. Since then, entrepreurship and an industrial approach have been the heart and soul of the EQT business model as well as the focus on supporting the development of good companies into great.

In addition, a long-term view and Industrial Advisors with deep experience from a variety of industries and regions combined with skilfull Investment Advisory Professionals have proven to be a powerful combination - in good times as well as in bad.

From Nordic to Global

1994
Investment advisory firm EQT Partners established by Conni Jonsson together with Investor AB, AEA Investors (a US-based private equity group) and SEB.
EQT Partners Stockholm office opens

1995
EQT I launched (Nordic buyouts)
Brukens Thermotreat first investment

1998
EQT Partners Copenhagen office opens
SEB sells its shares to Investor AB and AEA

1999
EQT Partners Helsinki and Munich offices opens

2001
EQT Partners Zürich office opens
Partners acquired 33% of Investor’s shares in EQT Partners AB.

2003
EQT Expansion Capital I Fund launched

2005
EQT Partners Frankfurt and Hong Kong offices open

2006
EQT Opportunity and EQT Greater China funds launched

2007
EQT Partners Oslo and Shanghai offices open
Partners increase ownership to 69% in EQT Partners AB, Investor AB holds remainder

2008
EQT Partners New York and Warsaw offices open
EQT Infrastructure I Fund launched

2010
EQT Partners London and Singapore offices open
EQT Credit Fund launched
Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI)

2011
EQT VI launched - raised in less than nine months at hard cap EUR 4.75 billion

2012
Future funds to be managed on-shore in Europe
EQT Holdings AB in Stockholm established
Tampnet (independent supplier of high capacity communication to offshore Oil & Gas installations in the North Sea) first investment within new on-shore structure

2013
EQT Infrastructure II fund launched - first fund domiciled on-shore in Europe
EQT Credit II fund launched at EUR 845 million
EQT Mid Market fund launched at EUR 1.1 billion

2014
Thomas Von Koch appointed new Managing Partner and Conni Jonsson becomes Chairman of EQT Holdings AB's Board of Directors
EQT celebrates 20 years in business
EQT files its first UN PRI Transparency Report

2015
EQT Partners' Madrid office opens
EQT VII launched - closes at the hard cap of EUR 6.75 billion

2016
EQT Mid Market Credit fund launched - closes at EUR 530 million
EQT Ventures fund launched - commitments totaling EUR 566 million
EQT's first US-dedicated fund, EQT Mid Market US, closes at USD 726 million