Overview

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland (CCI) is a private investment fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group and its affiliates (“Carlyle”) and Cardinal Capital Group and its affiliates (“Cardinal”) that invests primarily in buyout and growth equity opportunities. Equity investments will range from €2M to €50M.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund
Investment Industry Acquired Status
AA Ireland

The AA Ireland is one of the largest insurance intermediaries and one of the best known motoring services providers in Ireland. The company is a highly diversified business with more than 350,000 customers across its motor, home, travel and life businesses. 

Financial Services Current
Abtran

Abtran is one of Ireland’s largest indigenous business process management service providers.

Technology & Business Services Current
Carroll Cuisine

Carroll Cuisine is a producer and distributor of branded cooked deli ham, pre-packed sliced cooked meats, chilled ready meals and other chilled food products in Ireland.

Consumer & Retail Current
General Secure Logistics Services

General Secure Logistic Services, or GSLS, is an Irish cash management solutions business. GSLS provides cash-in-transit and money processing services to banks, retailers and the hospitality sector nationwide.

Technology & Business Services Current
Learning Pool

Learning Pool is a technology-enabled services business focused on delivering eLearning-as-a-Service via hosted cloud access to customers under a subscription revenue model. 

Technology & Business Services Current
Lily O'Brien's

Lily O'Brien’s manufactures and markets premium chocolates and desserts. The company sells its products through retail outlets in Ireland, UK, US and Australia as well as direct to consumers through a dedicated online business.

Consumer & Retail Current
Payzone Ireland

Payzone is a provider of multi-channel consumer payments across Ireland. With 11,800 points of sale across over 7,000 merchants, Payzone has the largest physical terminal retail payments network in Ireland.

Technology & Business Services Current

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Fund (CCI) is a €292 million private equity fund that partners with management teams to grow and develop companies across the Island of Ireland.

CCI’s local presence and global reach make it an attractive long-term partner for Irish management teams seeking to grow their businesses domestically or internationally. CCI invests across a range of sectors and deploys equity amounts from €5 million to €50 million with co-investment available for larger opportunities.

Knowing that each situation is unique, CCI tailors its investment approach to each opportunity, providing support and partnership while ensuring alignment of interests. CCI also benefits from the One Carlyleculture whereby portfolio companies across the spectrum of the Carlyle organisation operate as a global platform to create value for investors. This enables CCI portfolio companies to benefit from the following:

  i)    Expertise across multiple sectors globally

  ii)   More than 200 portfolio companies employing 650,000 people around the world

  iii)   A network of Operating Executives with extensive operational experience

  iv)   700 investment professionals across 40 offices

CCI is actively seeking investment opportunities that exhibit a number of the following characteristics:

  1. Market leading companies

  2. Highly competent and motivated management teams

  3. Operational and strategic development potential

  4. Ability for the CCI team to create value

Team Member Title Location Industry
Jonathan Cosgrave Managing Director Dublin, Ireland Generalist
Adam Crinion Associate Dublin, Ireland Generalist
Robert Easton Senior Advisor London, UK Generalist
Peter Garvey Managing Director Dublin, Ireland Generalist
Esmond Greene Associate Director Dublin, Ireland Generalist