Springer Nature

  • Region: Europe
  • Sector: TMT
  • Investment Year: 2013
  • Transaction Value: €4,819m


BCEC IX acquired Springer Science and Business Media (Springer) in August 2013. Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical information service provider. In May 2015, Springer merged with Holzbrinck Publishing Group Science and Education (“HPG”) to form Springer Nature.

Springer Nature has three business lines:


  • Publication of academic subscription and Open Access journals, databases, books and monographs in STM disciplines.
  • No. 1 in top 50 journals by impact factor.
  • No. 1 in English language journals and English language academic books.
  • No. 1 Open Access player globally (alternative payment model demanding fees from the author instead of subscription payments).


  • Provides high‐quality special interest information and services for several professional markets in Europe.


  • Provides students, teachers and institutions with high quality educational content in developing regions of the world.

ESG Report

Spring Nature published it's most recent ESG report which can be found here. We’re proud of the work Springer Nature has done in this area, and it serves as an example of the strength of ESG within the BC portfolio.

Company News

10 June 2021

BC Partners Announces Springer Nature Acquisition Fund, Led by Neuberger Berman

One of Europe’s largest Single Asset Acquisition Funds launched to support the continued growth of Springer Nature, a leading global scientific, technical and medical information service provider and education publisher. Fund includes over €1 billion of capital commitments from a range of new and existing institutional investors, as well as BC Partners.

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15 January 2015

Holtzbrinck publishing group and BC Partners announce agreement to merge majority of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media

Merger will create a leading publishing group with c. EUR 1.5 billion turnover and 13,000 employees

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19 June 2013

BC Partners to acquire Springer Science + Business Media

Funds advised by BC Partners (“BC Partners”), the European private equity firm, together with management have agreed to acquire the leading global STM publisher Springer Science + Business Media (“Springer” or the “Company”), from EQT Partners and the

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