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|Founder||Benjamin Ball, Dipanjan Deb, Neil Garfinkel, Sanford R. "Sandy" Robertson, David Stanton|
|Headquarters||Letterman Digital Arts Center
San Francisco, California, United States
|Keith Geeslin, David Golob, Ezra Perlman, Andrew Kowal|
|Total assets||$10 billion|
Number of employees
|30 investment professionals|
Francisco Partners is an American private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Francisco Partners Management LLC was founded in August 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an additional office in London, United Kingdom. Since inception, the firm has raised approximately $10 billion in committed capital across four funds and has built an investment portfolio including over 60 companies.
Francisco Partners specializes in financing divisional buyouts, "take privates" of public companies, sponsored mergers and acquisitions, growth equity financing, recapitalizations, and restructurings. It prefers to invest in mature or maturing technology and technology-related companies. The firm seeks to invest in software, internet, healthcare technology, communications, hardware and technology services. It prefers to invest in companies with enterprise values ranging from $25 million to $2 billion. The firm makes equity investments ranging from less than $25 million to over $500 million. It typically acquires a majority or controlling stake in its portfolio companies, but will be a minority investor with board of director representation.
Francisco was founded in 1999 at the height of the dot-com bubble as interest in technology investments accelerated. The founders of the firm came from a group of west coast private equity firms including TPG Capital, together with the founder of technology-focused investment bank Robertson Stephens.
Francisco Partners has more than 30 active portfolio companies. Francisco has acquired former venture capital-backed companies as well as many divisions of large conglomerates and IT companies worldwide.
Francisco Partners have invested in or purchased the following companies:
|Ex Libris Group||Exited|
|Foundation 9 Entertainment||Exited|
|LYNX Medical Systems||Exited|
|NexTech EMR & PM||Current|
|SMART Modular Technologies||Exited|
|Therapeutic Research Center||Currenf|
|Ultra Clean Technology||Exited|
- Bring Us Your Small, Unloved Start-Ups. May 15, 2004
- ADVANCED MICRO TO SELL MOST OF COMMUNICATIONS UNIT. New York Times, May 23, 2000
- G.E. Is Selling Off Most of Electronic Commerce Business. New York Times, June 25, 2002
- Citing a Tight Bond Market, G.E. Makes a Loan to a Buyer. New York Times, September 28, 2002
- Francisco Partners (company website)
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