First Reserve Corporation is a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments in the energy sector. First Reserve was founded in 1984 and is the oldest private equity dedicated to investments in the energy sector..
As of the end of 2007, First Reserve had approximately 55 employees across three offices in Greenwich, Connecticut, Houston, Texas and London, England.
The firm is currently investing out of its eleventh private equity fund
First Reserve Fund XI LP, raised in 2006
with approximately $7.8 billion of investor commitments, which is the largest energy focused fund raised to that point. Fund XI was more than $5.5 billion larger (and three times the size) of Fund X which closed with $2.3 billion in 2004. First Reserve's fundraising has benefited from the recent focus on the energy industry in the broader market.
In 2008, First Reserve advanced its renewable energy investment program with the €261 million acquisition of Gamesa Solar. Additionally, First Reserve committed €600 million to form a European renewable energy group with the ability to deliver solar capacity of up to 400MW in Southern Europe by 2012. Among First Reserve's most notable transactions in the traditional energy sector include:
In September 2006
, First Reserve Corporation
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer donated $30 million to the City University of New York
(the largest single donation in the history of CUNY) to endow The William E. Macaualay Honors College
- Sorkin, Andrew Ross, ed. " Schlumberger and First Reserve in Talks to Buy Saxon" New York Times DealBook, April 22, 2008
- Expro International Group. Saigol, Lina and Pignal, Stanley " Candover courts oilfield operator Expro" Financial Times, March 1, 2008
- Simon, Bernard " First Reserve lines up offer for CHC Helicopter" Financial Times, February 22 2008.