Warburg Pincus Closes $15 Billion Global Private Equity Fund

Firm Remains Focused on Global Strategy and Growth Investing

Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from Warburg Pincus

    NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Warburg Pincus, the global private
 equity firm, today announced the closing of Warburg Pincus Private Equity
 X, L.P. (WP X), a $15 billion fund. Building on Warburg Pincus' proven
 track record, the global fund will be invested in core industry sectors,
 consistent with the firm's growth-oriented strategy to focus on
 early-stage, growth and late-stage businesses across North America, Europe
 and Asia.
     Commenting on the fund closing, Joseph P. Landy, Co-President of
 Warburg Pincus said: "We are gratified that limited partners continue to be
 attracted to our unique model -- to invest across domains, geography and
 across company stage of life out of a single, global fund. We have a
 time-tested approach -- growth investing in growth-oriented regions. This
 is a particularly attractive investment strategy in the current
     Warburg Pincus focuses on helping to create or build companies. This
 ranges from conceiving and creating venture capital opportunities,
 providing capital to meet the needs of existing businesses, and investing
 in later-stage buy-outs and special situations where growth is a key aspect
 of the investment thesis. Over the past 30 years, the firm also has
 enhanced its global position by establishing a strong local presence around
 the world and developing deep domain expertise in a number of sectors,
 including consumer and retail, energy, financial services, healthcare and
 life sciences, industrial and technology, media and telecommunications,
 with numerous sub-sectors of specialization.
     The firm made its first international investment in 1983. Warburg
 Pincus, which opened its London office in 1987 and its Hong Kong office in
 1994, also has been an active investor in emerging markets including China,
 India and Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, more than 40 percent of
 Warburg Pincus' investments and professionals are outside the U.S.
     "We've always viewed our mission as being investors, as opposed to
 asset managers," said Co-President Charles R. Kaye. "Our ability to
 generate superior rates of return has always been a function of our
 willingness to search for a market discontinuity, whether it be technology
 driven, or propelled by an economic dislocation or an entirely new business
 opportunity. Our fundamental goal is to build businesses that deliver
 sustainable value over the long term."
     Existing investors substantially increased their commitments to WP X.
 The fund's investors include leading public and private pension funds,
 endowments and global financial institutions including the Washington State
 Investment Board and GE Asset Management. The fund also attracted numerous
 first-time investors, including the Universities Superannuation Scheme and
 the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
     Joseph A. Dear, Executive Director, Washington State Investment Board
 said: "We are pleased to be participating in WP X, as it extends our long
 and successful relationship with the firm. A handful of firms have
 consistently delivered superior returns to our retirement assets -- and
 Warburg Pincus is one of them. As a result, we committed to invest in WP X
 because we're comfortable with the firm's proven and unique ability to
 deploy the right people with the right experience to each portfolio company
 investment. The firm is well-positioned to perform, particularly in light
 of today's turbulent market conditions."
     About Warburg Pincus
     Warburg Pincus has been a leading private equity investor since 1971.
 The firm currently has more than $35 billion of assets under management.
 Warburg Pincus' investments are focused on a range of sectors in North
 America, Europe and Asia, including financial services, healthcare,
 industrial, technology, media and telecommunications, energy, consumer and
 retail and real estate. Since inception, the firm has raised 12 private
 equity funds that have invested more than $29 billion in approximately 600
 companies in more than 30 countries. Warburg Pincus currently has an active
 portfolio of more than 100 companies. The firm has 59 managing directors
 and more than 160 professionals in Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London,
 Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai and Tokyo. For more information
 please visit www.warburgpincus.com.

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