The Carlyle Group is one of the world s largest private equity firms that has more than $85.5 billion under management. With a staff of more than 450 investment professionals, the firm has operations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Latin America. Founded in 1987, it serves the energy, finance, health care, retail, energy, transportation and telecommunications industries. The Carlyle Group offers more than 50 types of funds for various investment disciplines, including buyouts, growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance. The firm specializes in strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, and consolidations and buildups. Its clients include Alliance Boots, Claris Lifesciences Limited and Colin Medical Technology Corporation.