Avista Capital Partners
|Predecessor||DLJ Merchant Banking Partners|
|Founder||Thompson Dean, Steven Webster|
|Products||Leveraged buyout, Growth capital|
|Total assets||$5 billion|
The firm, which is based in New York City, was founded in 2005 when a team of professionals, led by Thompson Dean and Steven Webster, completed a spinoff from Credit Suisse's private equity arm DLJ Merchant Banking Partners to form a new private equity firm. Dean had previously been the co-head of DLJMB.
Avista completed fundraising for its first $2 billion fund in 2007. Avista closed on its second fund with $1.8 billion of commitments, which represents only 60% of its original $3 billion target.
Avista was formed one year after Larry Schloss left DLJ Merchant Banking Partners to found Diamond Castle Holdings, a middle-market focused private equity firm. Unlike Diamond Castle, Avista received support from Credit Suisse for its debut fund.
The spinout of Diamond Castle and Avista from Credit Suisse First Boston came at the same time as the spinouts of private equity groups from other leading investment banks including: JPMorgan Chase (CCMP Capital), Citigroup (Court Square Capital Partners), Deutsche Bank (MidOcean Partners) and Morgan Stanley (Metalmark Capital).
In 2011, Avista acquired DataBank Ltd. an enterprise-class managed data center based in Dallas, TX. The company is expected to open a new facility towards the end of 2012.
- Avista closes $2bn fund. AltAssets, June 14, 2007
- Avista fund challenges Credit Suisse Buyouts, June 14, 2007. 
- http://www.pehub.com/66368/avista-closes-fund-at-18-billion/ Better Late Than Never: Avista Closes Second Fund
- Avista, With CS Backing, Makes Splashy Debut. Reuters Buyouts, June 25, 2007 [dead link]
- Steller, Chris (January 15, 2009). "A cold day indeed for Minnesota: It’s bankruptcy for the Star Tribune". The Minnesota Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- Schmickle, Sharon (January 15, 2009). "Strib files for bankruptcy and lists unsecured creditors". MinnPost. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
- Avista Capital Partners (company website)