The Ares Private Equity Group pursues opportunistic majority or shared-control investments, principally in under-capitalized middle market companies. We seek strong business franchises that have attractive growth opportunities, but are capital constrained in some way. Our Senior Partners average more than 20 years of experience investing in controlling, advising, underwriting and restructuring leveraged companies.
Our Private Equity Group seeks investments in companies with strong existing management teams where our capital can unlock value by serving as a catalyst for growth. We are not operating sponsors that demand day-to-day involvement in the business. Instead, we add value to our management partnerships by:
- Capitalizing the company for growth at entry
- Utilizing our network to enhance leadership and resources
- Leveraging our experience in capital markets activities
- Implementing best practices
- Assisting with strategic value-add initiatives, such as acquisitions
We manage approximately $9 billion of committed capital as of December 31, 2012 through five private equity funds: Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund, L.P. (2003), Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund II, L.P. (2006), Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund III, L.P. (2008), Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund IV, L.P. (2012) and Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund Asia, L.P. (2012). While traditional private equity funds (principally focused on control buyouts) may be restricted by charter or a lack of experience, we pursue a range of creative transaction structures in an effort to maximize the risk/reward profile of our capital. The combination of our flexible capital approach with the broad resources of Ares Management widens our universe of potential investment opportunities and allows us not only to remain active, but highly selective in making investments in all market environments.
||Lead investor as a catalyst for growth
||Majority/Shared Control Investments in Growth, Rescue and De-Leveraging Situations
|Types of Investments
||Common Equity, Preferred Equity, Convertible Equity/Debt, Debt