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Centre for Private Equity and MBO Research

CMBOR was set up in 1986 by Professor Mike Wight and is sponsored by Equistone Partners Europe. Since it was established, we have collected data on private equity investment and buyouts.

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CMBOR has a renowned track record for its interdisciplinary research and the impact of that research.

The CMBOR database is a unique data set of about 48,000 ‘private equity backed‘ buyout investments in Europe. The database is used to provide unique and bespoke intelligence on private equity investments to the media and industry practitioners. CMBOR has an unrivalled reputation in producing aggregated market data and industry analysis. A wide network of academics use the database for publication in prestigious academic journals. 

We want our network of partners in industry and academia to keep growing and to continue working with people that are passionate about understanding the role of private equity in the economy and its impact on businesses.

Kevin Amess




The CMBOR database facilitates inter-disciplinary research with international scholars on private equity and buyout activity. Academics using the database have produced a large volume of research published in books, journals, and other media on the impact of private equity on the businesses they invest in and buyout. 

Some of our research topics include :

  • corporate governance
  • performance
  • innovation
  • jobs
  • wages
  • HRM
  • capital structure
  • entrepreneurial incentives
  • longevity

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We actively seek to collaborate with academics passionate about researching private equity. Academics from any institution can freely access the database when collaborating with a scholar from Nottingham University Business School.



About our sponsor

Equistone Partners Europe are an independent investment firm operating across Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.



CMBOR in the media

CMBOR are often referenced across various media outlets. Below are links to the latest coverage. Please note some of these links to articles sit behind paywall, so will need sign up to those media outlets in order to access the articles.



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