Baird Capital invests in high-potential companies across the U.S., U.K. and Asia.
We work as one global platform, collaborating across geographies and areas of expertise to share
knowledge, evaluate investments and support our global portfolio. We focus our investing in
Healthcare, Industrial Solutions and Technology & Services – areas where we have the investment
acumen and sector knowledge necessary to serve growing companies. At the end of 2017, our 58
portfolio companies had combined revenues of $2.2 billion and more than 13,100 employees.
Our team of 58 investment, operating and support professionals is based in offices across the U.S., U.K. and Asia.
Alignment of Interests
Our global platform supports two distinct global investment strategies. Our Global Private
Equity strategy makes growth and buyout investments in key sectors within our core geographies.
This flexibility enables our team to pursue compelling opportunities when and where they emerge.
Our U.S. Venture Capital strategy makes early-stage investments in Healthcare and Technology &
Services companies. The team focuses on pursuing companies with innovative ideas and disruptive
business concepts in non-coastal geographies. In addition to providing sector expertise, our teams
invest alongside our clients, creating a powerful alignment of interests and a differentiated
partnership with our portfolio companies and our investors.
Baird Capital not only provides financial capital to our portfolio companies – we deliver
resources, relationships and expertise to help accelerate their growth. Our global team of
58 investment, operating and support professionals works closely with one another and
management teams to help our portfolio companies grow and maximize value. Our Portfolio
Operations group provides additional support to our portfolio companies by helping them
identify operational efficiencies, establish best practices and create opportunities for
global expansion strategies. Every Baird Capital portfolio company also benefits from our
global relationship network and the insight of our operating resources.
An Active Year
We completed fund raising for Baird Capital Global Fund I in June, exceeding our target of $300
million and raising $310 million. The fund makes buyout and growth equity investments in lower
middle-market companies globally. Our U.S. Venture Capital team had a year of strong momentum
and saw value appreciation in its portfolio. Although 2017 presented difficult conditions for
capital deployment, Baird Capital continued to invest prudently in both new companies and our
existing portfolio. We realized $30.2 million, and deployed $76 million in six new investments. We also supported the growth of many
of our portfolio companies by making 17 follow-on investments totaling $21.7 million.