The Centre for Management Buy-Out & Private Equity Research (CMBOR) is the first centre of its kind devoted to the study of private equity and buy-outs.

Founded by Professor Mike Wright, CMBOR collects and aggregates quantitative data on buy-outs by management teams and private equity institutions and gathers information from a broad range of participating institutions on buy-outs and exits by geographical region. Using the data, the Centre produces internationally esteemed reports that include journalistic content summing up trends along with charts and graphs ideal for reporting purposes. The CMBOR reports are an essential investment validation tool for market practitioners looking for valuable evidence. Equistone Partners, a major European buy-out firm, frequently uses CMBOR information in its investment decisions. Christiian Marriott, Investor Relations Partner explains: “[CMBOR’s research] is vital to understand the market and assess the impacts of buyouts on the wider economic landscape.” As well as commercial and academic influence, CMBOR supplies comprehensive evidence and analysis for UK and European policy-making, allowing governments to develop legislation that can help firms to prosper in uncertain times. 

With a database of over 30,000 companies, CMBOR also undertakes bespoke research projects and supplies data from its resources.

Founded in 1986 at Nottingham University Business School, it moved to the Imperial College Business School in 2011. The Centre is supported by Equistone Partners Europe (formerly Barclays Private Equity) and Investec Bank.