100 Federal St
Boston, MA, 02110 United States
(617) 227-1050 †
Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL) could be called the teddy bear at the gate. The company uses a mix of debt, funds from institutional investors, and its own money to buy companies. Unlike the fearsome leveraged buyout outfits of the 1980s, THL eschews the axe for the handshake; it builds up its stake, works with management, then ideally sells the revamped acquisitions or takes them public. The firm has invested some $20 billion since its 1974 founding. It targets companies in the business and information services, consumer products, financial services, health care, industrial, and media sectors. Major holdings include
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