Advent International

Global Highlights 2013/14

About Us

Firm Foundations

Founded in 1984, we are one of the largest and most experienced global investors dedicated solely to private equity. To date, we have invested in more than 290 buyout transactions in 39 countries. We invest where we see opportunities to partner with management teams to increase revenue and earnings, positioning businesses for sustainable growth.

Sector Focus

We focus on five sectors we know well: Business and Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrial; Retail, Consumer and Leisure; and Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT). This specialization allows us to develop unique insights into sector trends, enabling us to build effective strategies to better support our portfolio companies in achieving their growth objectives.

Shared Vision

We are a responsible, long-term partner to our portfolio companies. We aim to make a constructive contribution, working collaboratively with management teams to achieve a shared vision for the future of their businesses. Typically, we invest for three to seven years, or until the company is ready to move to its next stage of development.

Our Team

We are a team of more than 350 people worldwide, including over 170 investment professionals. At partner level, the average tenure at Advent is 14 years, providing experience, stability and continuity of knowledge, and, as importantly, preserving the uniquely collaborative culture of our firm.

Our offices are staffed by local nationals, whose market insights and regional connections are invaluable resources to both our broader organization and our portfolio companies.

The size of our team and our global coordination allow us to deploy significant resources to identify investment opportunities and support our portfolio companies at regional and international levels. Globally, we share our knowledge and experience across our sector teams to maximize our capabilities.

Our Operating Partners

The use of operating partners is a fundamental element of our investment style. Currently, we have approximately 60 operating partners who provide flexible support to our portfolio company management teams throughout the investment cycle.

Acting as independent advisors, our operating partners help to source and evaluate investment opportunities, extend industry networks and contribute to the strategic and operational development of our portfolio companies.