Focusing on fast-growing businesses, strategic repositioning opportunities and companies that can expand into new geographies, we see ourselves as long-term partners to our portfolio companies, leveraging our experience and global resources to support our management teams in making the necessary changes to accelerate growth and take business forward.
Founded in 1984, we are one of the most experienced global private equity investors. To date we have raised $37 billion in private equity capital and have completed over 280 transactions in 36 countries through our buyout programs. We invest where we see opportunity for business transformation and long-term growth.
We are sector specialists, focusing on five sectors where we have developed significant experience and expertise: business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology, media and telecoms.
We are responsible long-term partners to our portfolio companies, working actively with our management teams to achieve a shared view of the future of their business. Typically, we invest for three to seven years or until the company is ready to move to its next stage of development.
Worldwide, we are a team of more than 350 people, including over 170 investment professionals. At the partner level, the average length of service is 14 years, ensuring rigor, discipline, continuity of experience and knowledge and, as importantly, preserving the uniquely collaborative culture of our firm.
Our offices are staffed by local nationals whose market insight and local connections are invaluable resources. Globally, we share knowledge and leverage relationships across our sector teams and operating partners to maximize our capabilities. The size of our team allows us to deploy significant resources to source deals and support our portfolio companies at regional and international levels.
Our Operating Partners
The use of operating partners is a key element of our investment approach. Acting as independent advisors, they provide flexible support to our management teams at portfolio companies throughout the investment cycle.
Currently we have more than 60 operating partners helping to source and evaluate investment and acquisition opportunities, extend industry networks and contribute to the strategic and operational development of our portfolio companies.
Advent International Corporation (AIC) manages funds on behalf of more than 360 institutional investors worldwide. Over 50% of our investors provide income for pensioners. Our strategy of long-term value creation has engendered strong partnerships with our investors. At times, investors co-invest with us in our portfolio companies.