Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is the investment arm of Goldman Sachs. The primary corporate investment group within the Merchant Banking Division is Goldman Sachs' direct investment arm. GS's direct investment arm consists of GS Capital Partners, GS Mezzanine Partners, and GS Growth Partners. GS Capital Partners is the direct corporate equity investment group which seeks LBO, recapitalization, and growth investments to help fund acquisitions, expansions, recapitalizations, restructurings, buyouts, and take privates. GS Capital Partners looks to invest between $50 and $800 million in opportunities in North/South America, Europe, Asia. GS Mezzanine Partners is the junior capital arm of Goldman Sachs. GS Mezzanine looks to invest between $200 million and and $800 million in transactions valued up to $10 billion. Investment proceeds are used to fund leveraged buyouts, expansion financings, recapitalizations, acquisitions, and restructurings. GS Growth looks to invest in growth equity transactions. The unit seeks to commit $20 to $200 million per investment. Other units within GS's merchant banking division include Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Urban Investments. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is based in New York City.
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In the last 3 years, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division has acquired 7 companies. It has also invested in 10 others.
Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division’s most common sectors for investment are software (8%) and business services (7%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (34%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (24%). In total, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division has invested in 27 US states and 21 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Energy Future Holdings for $44.4B.
In the last 3 years, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division has exited 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (31%). Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold Alltel for $28.1B.
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