Adams Street Partners is a diversified, global investment firm that targets direct, fund of funds, and secondary investments. Adams' direct investing group covers co-investments in buyout transactions, as well as growth equity and venture capital commitments. The direct buyout and growth equity team looks to commit $5 to $30 million per transaction. For venture related investments, commitments of $5 to $20 million are provided to companies in the technology, life sciences and technology enabled services sectors. Typically, target companies have received prior financing from early stage venture firms and are seeking additional capital to fund product development and commercialization. Adams Street Partners was formed in 1972 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
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Adams Street Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (24%) and internet software and services (20%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (73%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (13%). In total, Adams Street Partners has invested in 22 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Univision Communications for $13.7B.
In the last 3 years, Adams Street Partners has exited 13 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (58%). Adams Street Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Shred-it International for $2.3B.
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