About Us

Founded in 2003, Cardinal Capital Group UC (Cardinal) is a specialist provider of alternative capital directing private equity capital, real estate finance and alternative lending to a broad range of business sectors including technology, food, healthcare, financial services and real estate.

Cardinal is an innovative investment firm that invests its own capital alongside international institutional investors to support entrepreneurs, corporate management teams, real estate investors and developers.

Cardinal has an extensive client base of institutional investors including domestic and international sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments, global public and private pension funds, family offices and insurance companies.

With a proven track record of successfully investing in over 40 private equity and real estate finance transactions with an enterprise value in excess of €1.75bn, Cardinal is one of the most active indigenous investment firms in Ireland. 

Cardinal is regarded as a trusted partner by its extensive client base of institutional investors including domestic and international sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, endowments, global public and private pension funds, family offices and insurance companies.

The Cardinal team consists of 15 experienced entrepreneurs, financial and operational professionals with a proven track record, internationally and domestically, of investing in and assisting the development and growth of companies.

The team has an extensive pedigree having managed and invested in global businesses operating across a broad range of sectors including;

  • Establishing and leading Zurich Capital Markets, IIU and NCB as well as leading the recapitalisation of Bank of Ireland;
  • Technology (AMCS, Fenergo, Baltimore Technologies, Payzone);
  • Healthcare (Helix Health, McCauley Pharmacy);
  • Food (Lily O'Brien's, Carroll Cuisine);
  • Infrastructure (London City Airport, Tynagh Energy);
  • Business services (Unidare, Intuition, Abtran, GSLS); and
  • Digital (PaddyPower, AA Ireland).

Cardinal is leading the long overdue structural changes to the Irish financial landscape through its innovative provision of equity and debt capital.

Cardinal Capital Group UC is authorised as an alternative investment fund manager and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.