Brentwood Associates

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Brentwood Associates
Type Private
Industry Private equity
Founded 1972
Founders Frederick Warren, Timothy M. Pennington III, B. Kipling Hagopian
Headquarters Los Angeles, United States
Products Leveraged buyout, Venture capital
Total assets $2.3 billion (LBO $1.4b, VC: $900m)

Brentwood Associates is one of the oldest private equity firms in the US with groups focusing on both leveraged buyout and venture capital investments.

The firm, which is based in Los Angeles, was founded in 1972. The firm has raised approximately $2.3 billion since inception across 13 funds. The firm's leveraged buyout business raised approximately $1.4 billion across four funds, the earliest of which was raised with $140 million of commitments in 1990.[1] The venture capital group raised over $900 million across nine funds, the earliest of which was formed in 1980 and the last of which was raised in 1998, prior to the spinout of the firm's venture business.


Since inception in 1972, Brentwood has made dozens of investments across a wide array of industries. The firm's leveraged buyout practice has focused on acquiring more mature businesses, while its venture capital group has invested in earlier stage, startup companies.

Buyout investments[edit]

The firm's leveraged buyout practice has completed more than 30 acquisitions. Among the most notable companies in which Brentwood has invested include: Ariat, Oriental Trading Company,[2] Bell Sports,[3] Bell Automotive, Prince Sports,[4] C.C. Filson,[5] Graphic Controls Corporation,[6] The Teaching Company,[7] Stanley Works, Zoës Kitchen[8] and Zumiez.[9]

Venture capital investments[edit]

Brentwood's venture group, prior to its spinout separation in 1999, was among the most prominent investment firms in the 1990s Internet boom. Among the firm's most notable investments in software and internet businesses during this period included: Wellfleet Communications, Xylan, Documentum, ISOCOR, WebTV Networks and Freegate. After 1999, investments in the internet and information technology sectors were made by Redpoint Ventures.

Brentwood also had a long history of investing in health care companies with strategically important products or services. Today, the vast majority of Brentwood's successful healthcare investments have been acquired by and integrated into larger healthcare companies including Baxter Healthcare and Medtronic. Among Brentwood's most notable investments included Keravision, Aradigm, Webster Laboratories and Interflo Medical.


Brentwood was originally founded by Frederick Warren,[10] Timothy M. Pennington III[11] and B. Kipling Hagopian[12]

Leading investor in start up companies in the late 1990s. Raised a $300 million venture fund in 1998. Brentwood Venture Capital was founded in 1972 as Brentwood Associates. Over the last 26 years, Brentwood has grown to be one of the oldest and largest firms in the venture capital industry, having raised over $1 billion in capital and investing in over 300 entrepreneurial companies[13]

In 1999, the partners from Brentwood joined with partners from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Crosspoint Ventures and created two separate industry-focused firms with the relevant firm making new investments in each of the respective industries:

  • Redpoint Ventures, focusing on early stage information technlogy investments[14]
  • Versant Ventures, focused on health care venture investments

In 1999, Redpoint raised a $600 million venture fund Ventures I, at the time the largest first-time fund for a new firm.[15]


  1. ^ New Buyout Fund Set by Brentwood. New York Times, May 5, 1989
  2. ^ Brentwood Associates to sell Oriental Trading Company to Carlyle. June 14, 2006
  3. ^ BELL SPORTS AGREES TO BE BOUGHT BY HB ACQUISITION. New York Times, February 18, 1998
  4. ^ A 2d Pond's Unit Is Sold in a Month (Prince). New York Times, June 16, 1987
  5. ^ Brentwood Associates partners to buy Seattle garment maker. Los Angeles Business, January 24, 2005
  7. ^ "Berkery, Noyes & Co. represents The Teaching Company in its sale to Brentwood Associates", October 3, 2006.
  8. ^ Goodman, Sherri C. (November 2, 2007). "Zoe's Kitchen selling big stake Cassimus sees deal as spice for expansion". The Birmingham News. 
  9. ^ Zumiez Gets Investor To Help Growth. Transworld Snowboarding, November 5, 2002
  10. ^ Frederick Warren. Zoominfo profile
  11. ^ Sky diving into venture capital risks. Los Angeles Business Journal, Feb 19, 1990
  12. ^ B. Kipling Hagopian. Forbes Profile
  13. ^ Brentwood Venture Capital Closes $300 Million Fund. November 9, 1998
  14. ^ The gods of capitalism: Redpoint Ventures explains why making five times your money isn't enough. CNN Money, August 29, 2000
  15. ^ REDPOINT VENTURES CLOSES $600 MILLION FUND, New Firm Raises Largest First Fund Ever. November 8, 1999

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