Avista Capital Partners

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Avista Capital Partners, LLP
IndustryPrivate equity
PredecessorDLJ Merchant Banking Partners
HeadquartersNew York, New York, United States
ProductsLeveraged buyout, Growth capital
Total assets$5 billion

Avista Capital Partners is an American private equity firm focused on growth capital and leveraged buyout investments in middle-market companies in the healthcare sector.


The firm, based in New York City, was founded in 2005 by Steven Webster, Thompson Dean and David Burgstahler, as a spinoff from Credit Suisse's private equity arm DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (Dean was head of DLJMBP).[1] Avista's spinoff from Credit Suisse was at the same time as private equity groups from other leading investment banks were formed including JPMorgan Chase's CCMP Capital, Citigroup's Court Square Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank's MidOcean Partners, and Morgan Stanley's Metalmark Capital.

In 2007, the firm closed its first fund at $2 billion.[2][3] This included a commitment from predecessor Credit Suisse, whereas fellow spin-off Diamond Castle did not.[4] Avista’s second fund closed with $1.8 billion of commitments, which was lower than its original target between $2.5 and $3 billion. The firm cited changes in North American alternative investment strategies for its lower target.[5]

Its third fund closed in 2013 with $1.4 billion in commitments and in 2016 Avista began raising its fourth fund with UBS acting as the placement agent. The fourth fund does not include an energy component and is focused exclusively on healthcare.[6][7] The former Avista energy team spun-out and formed an independent firm AEC Partners in 2017 and began raising their first fund in 2017.

Notable investments[edit]

In 2007, Avista acquired Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s medical imaging unit for $525 million. The company, later renamed Lantheus, went public in 2015.[8]

In 2008, Avista, together with Nordic Capital Fund VII, bought ConvaTec, a wound and ostomy care business, from Bristol-Myers Squibb for $4.1 billion. ConvaTec went public on the London Stock Exchange in 2016 and, in 2017, both funds sold approximately 20% of the company to Danish fund Novo.[9][10]

In 2009, one of Avista's media acquisitions, the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper, the nation's 15th-largest daily paper, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[5][11][12]

In 2010, Avista, together with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, purchased INC Research, a contract research organization, and later took the company public in 2012. Avista exited its position in 2016.[13] Together with DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Nordic Capital and Coller Capital, Avista sold Swiss drug-maker Nycomed for €9.6 billion in cash to Takeda Pharmaceutical Corp. in 2011.[14] Also in 2011, Avista acquired DataBank Ltd., an enterprise-class managed data center based in Dallas, Texas, and sold the company to Digital Bridge Holdings LLC in 2016.[15] Also in 2010, Avista invested in specialty pharmaceutical company OptiNose Inc. Avista took the company public in 2015.[16]

In 2012, Avista, together with Partners Group, purchased Strategic Partners, a manufacturer and marketer of uniforms and footwear to support healthcare professionals, schools, and parents. In 2016, Avista sold the company to New Mountain Capital.[17]

In 2013, Avista acquired a controlling stake in Vertical/Trigen Holdings for an undisclosed price and, in 2015, the company joined forces with Osmotica Pharmaceutical, a specialty pharmaceutical and generics company.[18] Also in 2013, Avista acquired Zest Dental Solutions, a maker of dental products, from the Jordan Company and, in 2018, Avista sold Zest to BC Partners for an undisclosed amount.[19]

In 2016, Avista acquired the contract research organization MPI Research, a provider of testing services for biopharmaceutical and medical devices. Avista sold the company to Charles River Laboratories for approximately $800 million in cash in 2018.[20] In 2017, Avista acquired Express Scripts’ United BioSource division and National Spine & Pain Centers (NSPC) from Sentinel Capital Partners, both for undisclosed sums.[21]

In 2018, Avista contributed to a $110 million round of financing for Braeburn Pharmaceuticals.[22] Also in 2018, Avista, together with Dana Holdings, purchased Kramer Laboratories, an over-the-counter healthcare platform. A month later, Kramer Laboratories acquired Nizoral, an anti-dandruff shampoo brand, from Janssen Pharmaceutical NV, part of Johnson & Johnson.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Farrell, Maureen (September 2, 2016). "Avista Capital Plans to Launch Blank-Check Company for Health-Care Deals". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 13, 2018. AltAssets, June 14, 2007
  2. ^ Avista closes $2bn fund Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. AltAssets, June 14, 2007
  3. ^ Moore, Heidi (14 June 2007). "Avista fund challenges Credit Suisse". www.fnlondon.com. New York. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Avista, With CS Backing, Makes Splashy Debut". PE Hub. 25 June 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Griffith, Erin (16 March 2010). "Better Late Than Never: Avista Closes Second Fund - PE Hub". PE Hub. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Dan Primack, "Avista Capital Makes Major Change to Fund Strategy," Fortune, December 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Luisa Beltran, "Avista Capital seeks $750 mln to $1 bln for Fund IV: sources," PE Hub, October 20, 2016.
  8. ^ “Avista Selling Shares of Lantheus in Secondary Offering,” The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Bill Berkrot and Ransdell Pierson, "Bristol-Myers to sell ConvaTec unit for $4.1 bln", Reuters, May 2, 2008.
  10. ^ "Nordic Capital, Avista Reduce Holding in ConvaTec," The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Steller, Chris (January 15, 2009). "A cold day indeed for Minnesota: It's bankruptcy for the Star Tribune". The Minnesota Independent. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  12. ^ Schmickle, Sharon (January 15, 2009). "Strib files for bankruptcy and lists unsecured creditors". MinnPost. Archived from the original on January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  13. ^ Akinnibi, Fola (17 August 2016). "PE-Backed Inc Research Unveils $204M Secondary Share Sale". Law360. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  14. ^ Primack, Dan (19 May 2011). "M&A Deals". Fortune. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  15. ^ Baker, Liana (July 14, 2016). "Digital Bridge acquires data center company". Reuters. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  16. ^ Armie Margaret Lee, "OptiNose Gears Up for a Big Year," TheStreet.com, October 30, 2017.
  17. ^ Dorbian, Iris (6 July 2016). "Partners Group and Avista to exit medical scrubs provider Strategic Partners". PE Hub. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  18. ^ Braden Kelner, "Avista-Backed Vertical/Trigen to Merge With Osmotica," The Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2015.
  19. ^ "BC Partners Buys U.S. Dentistry Products Maker," Private Equity News, February 9, 2018.
  20. ^ Dorbian, Iris (14 February 2018). "PE-backed Charles River to buy MPI Research for about $800 mln". PE Hub. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Avista to Buy Express Scripts Subsidiary". The Wall Street Journal. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  22. ^ Matthew Guarnaccia, "Opioid Addiction Treatment Co. Nabs $110M For New Product," Law360, January 11, 2018.
  23. ^ Laura Cooper, “Kramer Laboratories Acquires Dandruff Shampoo Brand,” The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2018.

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