Equistone Partners Europe is a private equity investment firm which focuses on management buyout, management buy-in, expansion capital, early stage and later stage investments. The firm was formerly known as Barclays Private Equity. It prefers to invest in companies based in Europe focusing on United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Equistone seeks to invest in the financial services, consumer and travel, energy, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defence, electronic engineering, power generation, healthcare, medical equipment, health insurance, biotechnology, household goods, clothing, footwear, food and beverages sectors. The firm was founded in 1979 and is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom with additional offices in London, United Kingdom; Manchester, United Kingdom; Munich, Germany; Paris, France and Zurich, Switzerland.