|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Products||Leveraged buyout, growth capital|
Number of employees
Golden Gate Capital is an American private equity firm based in San Francisco. The firm makes investments in a number of select industries, including technology, financial services, retail and industrial, through leveraged buyout transactions as well as significant minority purchases and growth capital investments. As of April 2018 , it had over $15 billion in assets under management (AUM).
Golden Gate's investment fund is structured as an evergreen fund with no finite life, meaning Golden Gate does not have to sell all investments within five to 10 years in order to raise another fund and can instead fundraise as deals are made.
It has approximately 54 investment professionals.
In the aftermath of the bursting of the Dot-com bubble the firm has shown a pattern of investments in technology companies that may have been distressed by the recession of that time.
In 2006, it bought Neways International for $500 M, acquiring the company at an auction held by the divorce court after a $700 M transaction led by Ramy El-Batrawi was abandoned because of the feuding between the divorcing couple that owned Neways International.
On May 15, 2007, Limited Brands announced its intent to sell a 67% stake in Express to Golden Gate Capital Partners. When the sale was finalized in July 2007, Golden Gate's stake in the company was 75% for approximately $550M, instead of the announced 67%.
In 2008, the firm made a larger investment buying a majority stake in the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain for $131M.
In June 2009, the company announced the purchase of the J. Jill brand business from Talbots. In April 2011, the Bahrain-based private equity firm Arcapita bought Jill Acquisitions from Golden Gate.
In May 2015, the company backed Philip P. Gass and Kostas Cheliotis with $750 million for a reinsurance company.
In January 2017, the company purchased the Bob Evans Restaurants division from Bob Evans Farms for $565 million, stating that the foods segment is "its fastest-growing and most profitable segment and believes this transition will result in higher returns for shareholders." 
On August 8, 2017, Golden Gate Capital finalized the acquisition of Neustar, Inc. (previously NSR - publicly traded company prior to its buyout).
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