Our Approach

GI Partners has adhered to a consistent and disciplined investment approach since its founding in 2001. The Firm seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns by targeting investments in companies that GI believes provide downside protection as well as the opportunity for significant value creation post investment through strategic and operational improvement.

Central to GI's strategy is orientation toward substantial downside protection in the Firm's investments. GI's downside protection typically results from buying businesses in which a significant portion of the purchase price is represented by underlying asset values or recurring cash flows. GI aims to increase the value of these businesses by supporting strong management teams in strategic initiatives, including new product lines, organic growth, talent development, and synergistic add-on acquisitions.

GI's North American Private Equity team focuses on businesses and portfolio of assets in which meaningful opportunities to create value can be identified and executed. This includes the following types of scenarios:
  • Build-up of a platform investment: GI Partners targets platform companies that are well suited to carry out an acquisition program due to the companies' leading competitive position and/or operation within a fragmented or overlooked market.
  • Category leaders: GI Partners invests in leading companies that are differentiated within their category based on market share, product offering or financial profile.
  • Top management teams: GI Partners' investment philosophy is to partner with management teams that have strong track records within their industries. Our Boards work closely with management teams to help implement value-driving initiatives.
  • Corporate divestitures or spinouts: GI Partners also seeks corporations that frequently are re-evaluating their strategic plan, capital allocation policies, and portfolio strategy.
  • Performance improvement opportunities: GI Partners seeks to invest in companies and assets that are underperforming or undergoing some level of financial distress resulting from event-driven cyclicality or events unique to the industry or business.
  • Regulatory Complexity: GI Partners may seek corporations with strong buisness models operating under complex regulatory environments.