PEI Media to launch the PEI 300

To be released on 23 April, the PEI 300 will expand on a popular top 50 list ranking the largest 300 private equity firms in the world. Bain Capital, Bridgepoint and Clayton Dubilier & Rice are among 10 firms to have advanced in the rankings for two consecutive years.

Leading alternative asset media group PEI Media will debut the PEI 300 ranking of private equity firms in the May issue of Private Equity International magazine.

The PEI 300 expands on the popular PEI 50 ranking of private equity firms by size. Those rankings, previously published in 2007 and 2008, measure a private equity firm's size by how much private equity direct-investment capital it has raised or created over a five-year period.

The 2009 PEI 300 rankings are still being finalised. David Snow, executive editor of PEI Media, said: “A sneak peek at this year's list reveals a private equity industry that continues to be dominated by a handful of US- and UK-based mega-firms. However, outside of the largest 50 franchises, the next 250 rankings show a notable geographic mix, and it is clear that a rising cluster of local champions will further globalise the private equity industry in the years to come.”

Among the revelations of this year's PEI 300, ten of the top 50 firms have advanced in the rankings for two consecutive years. The firms are: American Capital; Apollo Global Management; Bain Capital; Bridgepoint; Clayton Dubilier & Rice; Fortress Investment Group; JC Flowers & Co; TPG; Warburg Pincus and WL Ross & Co.

The 2009 PEI 300 rankings will be unveiled on PrivateEquityOnline on 23 April.

Last year's PEI 50 rankings can be seen here.