CHICAGO, June 28, 2017 – Baird Capital, the direct investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co., announced today the final close for its Global Fund with a total of approximately $310 million in committed capital, exceeding the original target of $300 million. The fund invests in lower middle-market companies in the Technology and Services, Healthcare, and Industrial Solutions sectors in the US, UK and Asia.
Baird Capital has already made two investments from the fund, in US-based digital marketing service provider R2i and in UK-based CAV Ice Protection Limited and CAV advanced Technologies Ltd (CAV) which supply safety critical and energy efficiency components to the global aviation industry.
"In today's highly competitive M&A environment, we believe that our global resources and ability to take a portfolio company global is a significant advantage," said Gordon Pan, President of Baird Capital. "Our approach allows us to capitalize on the opportunities that exist across different geographies, while having a global team that reviews potential investments through a shared lens."
"Our team of talented professionals operates as one global platform – sharing investment ideas, supporting our portfolio and collaborating to drive portfolio value – to help our portfolio companies compete in today's international marketplace," said Paul Purcell, Chairman of Baird Capital and Chairman of Baird. "We don't know of any other firm that is investing in lower middle market companies from a global fund. This a very innovative approach that positions us well to maximize the value of our extensive capabilities."
About Baird Capital
Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors around the world. Having invested in more than 300 companies over its history, Baird Capital partners with entrepreneurs and, leveraging its executive networks, strives to build exceptional companies. Baird Capital provides operational support to its portfolio companies through teams on the ground in the United States, Europe and Asia, a proactive portfolio operations team and a deep network of relationships, which together strive to deliver enhanced shareholder value. Baird Capital is the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. For more information, please visit www.BairdCapital.com.
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Annie Murphy, Baird Public Relations