Terra Firma Capital Partners

Terra Firma Capital Partners is a company based in London, which operates in the field of private equity.

It was created in 1994 as an offshoot of the Japanese bank Nomura International. Decisive is conducting the investor Guy Hands. First investment occurred in the area of ​​waste disposal and the housing stock of the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Annington instead. By 2006, the company has invested a total of 4.7 billion pounds in the field of gastronomy, hospitality, cinemas and railways.

In Cologne, Terra Firma Capital Partners was started in 2002 to take over the municipal housing companies GAG and Grubo for € 420 million together, which despite several attempts ultimately failed because of the resistance of three CDU councilors 2003. In 2004, Terra Firma Capital Partners, the former state-owned motorway service station operator Tank & Rast for € 1.035 billion from the three previous capital owners Allianz Capital Partners, Lufthansa and Apax Partners. In January 2006, the press reported that the company was preparing to take over the RWE subsidiary Thames Water for £ 8 billion ( € 11.7 billion ), which was then but ultimately went to the Australian consortium Kemble Water.

In September 2007, the company for four billion pounds (then converted into approximately € 5.6 billion ) over the music company EMI ( among others Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Herbert Grönemeyer ).

Portfolio of companies


  • Angel Trains
  • Annington Homes
  • AWAS
  • BGCL
  • German Annington
  • EMI
  • First quench
  • Infinis
  • Le Méridien
  • Odeon Cinemas
  • Shanks Group plc
  • Tank & Rast
  • UCI
  • Waste Recycling Group
  • William Hill PLC