Peterson Private Equity (PPE) is a middle market equity investor that is growth oriented, flexible, and has a long-term mindset. Over the past 11 years, Peterson has raised 7 private equity funds and has made investments across the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Our initial investments range from $2 million to $20 million.
We believe that individuals are the key differentiator in success, and we seek to back entrepreneurs who are strong leaders and creative thinkers. We seek to become a true partner to our entrepreneurs and support them however we can to achieve their dream and their vision.
PPE invests across a broad range of asset classes and geographies. We take a flexible approach to each investment and are able to tailor a transaction that makes sense for each situation and entrepreneur.
PPE is best known as a flexible growth investor. We look for opportunities where our invested capital will remain within the business to accelerate an inflection point opportunity.
Whether the goal is to strengthen a balance sheet, expand into new markets, acquire a competitor or any number of growth related opportunities, PPE aims to provide not just capital, but also support and advice to assist the entrepreneur in responding to growth opportunities.
As a testament to our partnership approach, many of our investments are minority deals. We look to support the pursuit of our entrepreneurs’ vision, through access to our capital, expertise, and network – whether or not we have majority control.
While Peterson is best known as a growth investor, we also participate in the more traditional buy-out investment opportunities. Our partner group has extensive experience executing buy-out transactions and has deep relationships in the middle market lending community. Still, in any of our leveraged buy-out investments, we are first looking to drive value through operational growth, and any leverage we use is conservative and context-driven.
Peterson frequently co-invests with other private equity firms and independent sponsors who are seeking our geographical or industry expertise. We have enjoyed productive, collaborative relationships with many co-investors over the years. Ultimately, our goal is to help our portfolio companies succeed – sometimes a mix of expertise is exactly what is needed.
"Peterson Partners understood the vision of what I wanted to accomplish in revolutionizing the airline industry. They were with me each step of the way in building that business."David Neeleman – Founder, Azul