Americas Middle-Market Private Equity Strategy
Americas Middle-Market Private Equity Strategy

Americas Middle-Market Private Equity Strategy


Note: All energy, oil and gas, and natural resources sector investments will be completed through or alongside Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (MSEP).


The Americas Middle-Market Private Equity Strategy, managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP), focuses on privately negotiated equity and equity-related investments primarily in North America and seeks to create value in portfolio companies primarily through operational improvement.

Investment Approach

• We pursue opportunities in which we believe we have a differentiated “angle” that can give the Investment Team a distinctive competitive advantage versus other owners.

• Our focus is on value creation through operational improvement and “value added” oversight  coupled with thoughtful financing and advantaged sourcing. 

• We invest primarily in control transactions via corporate carve-outs, founder-led recapitalizations, growth equity investments, industry roll-ups, management buyouts, and platform builds.

• We’ve maintained a consistent, middle market focus investing in companies with Enterprise Values  from $100 million to $1 billion; EBITDA $10 million to $100 million. 

• Larger investments can be made in partnership with co-investors and target equity investments can be made over time to support a platform build.

Global Network

Capital Partners is believed to operate the only middle market private equity strategy with direct access to the network and resources of a global, bulge bracket firm; benefits of Morgan Stanley’s global network and resources materialize throughout the lifecycle of a deal, from sourcing to execution to portfolio company management and to ultimate exit.

Experienced Investment Team

The partners bring a complementary blend of investing and operating experience to the Strategy, and are bolstered by a diverse team of investment professionals, whose varied perspectives are a result of years of principal investing, operating, corporate business development, investment banking and consulting experience.

Integrated Operating Partners

Full-time operating partners are integrated into the entire lifecycle of a deal, from initial management meeting through investment exit, taking a hands-on role with each portfolio company to help drive strategic imperatives.


Current and exited portfolio investments of active Americas Middle-Market Private Equity Strategy funds

Fisher Container Corp. Acquired February 2017. Fisher Container Corp. is a converter of flexible packaging products primarily in the cleanroom and food end markets.
Cadence Education Acquired September 2016. Cadence Education, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, is one of the United States’ leading providers of early childhood education, focusing on the care and curriculum-based education of children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years old. The Company’s national platform of more than 150 schools has the capacity to serve more than 20,000 students across 20 different states.
Pathway Acquired August 2016. Pathway is a leading veterinary hospital owner and operator. The Company owns a portfolio of general and specialty veterinary hospitals, and, together with their veterinarians and staff, are dedicated to providing the highest and most ethical standard of patient care. The Company provides systems and processes to enhance productivity and improve medical services while maintaining the practice’s local culture and community identity.
24 Seven Acquired August 2016. 24 Seven is one of North America’s preeminent human capital management firms specializing in the placement of freelance and full-time creative, marketing and digital talent. The Company delivers advertising, creative, marketing and interactive / digital professionals for freelance and permanent placements.
CoAdvantage Acquired October 2015. CoAdvantage is one of the largest professional employer organizations in the U.S. It provides outsourced human resource services including payroll & tax administration, employee benefits, compliance assistance, training & development, and risk management to over 2,000 small and mid-sized businesses.
Hojeij Branded Foods Acquired July 2015. Hojeij Branded Foods is a leading operator of airport restaurants throughout the U.S. that specializes in operating franchised, proven restaurant concepts across over a portfolio of established brands. It operates in four core categories: (i) quick service restaurants, (ii) casual dining, (iii) coffee, dessert, and bars and (iv) healthier alternatives.
Access Cash Acquired March 2012. Access Cash manages the largest network of ATMs in Canada, offering products and services for over 9,000 ATMs in grocery stores, convenience stores and more. It processes more than 32 million revenue-generating cash withdrawal transactions annually. Access Cash also goes to market under the brand names Access Cash, EZEE ATM, Maritime Cash and Cash N Go and under a co-branding arrangement with BMO Bank of Montreal.
Sterling Energy Acquired August 2011. Sterling Energy is a privately-owned natural gas gathering, processing and marketing company serving oil and gas producers in northeast Colorado and northwest North Dakota.
Smile America Partners Acquired December 2010. Smile America Partners is the largest US provider of administrative support services to affiliated dentists in the mobile dental industry, promoting access to oral healthcare for children from low-income families.
Trinity CO2 Acquired August 2010. Trinity CO2 is one of the largest independent CO2 pipeline systems in the US. It transports and supplies CO2 to enhanced oil recovery projects in Texas and New Mexico, while its marketing business sources and supplies CO2 to regional third parties.
Triana Energy Acquired May 2009. Triana Energy is a natural gas company led by one of the premier management teams in the Appalachian Basin. Triana was founded by Henry Harmon, previously Chairman & CEO of the previous MSCP portfolio company of the same name.
Breitenfeld Acquired July 2008. Breitenfeld manufactures high-specification specialty steel for forging-related products. Located in Austria, key industries for its products include power generation, oil and gas, mechanical engineering, transportation and tool steel.
Creative Circle Exited June 2015. Creative Circle is a staffing agency representing advertising, creative, marketing, visual communication and digital/interactive professionals. It delivers talent to top advertising agencies and marketing firms as well as to the marketing and communications departments of industry-leading companies.
EmployBridge Exited February 2015. EmployBridge is a leading provider of outsourced HR and specialty-branded temporary staffing services in the US. It operates primarily under the ResourceMFG, ProLogistix and ProDrivers brands, providing skilled personnel for specialty manufacturing, warehousing/logistics and transportation companies.
Learning Care Group Exited May 2014. Learning Care Group is a provider of childcare services to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. LCG operates under 5 distinct brands: Children’s Courtyard, Childtime Learning Centers, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time Childcare/Learning Centers.
Zenith Exited March 2014. Zenith is one of the UK's largest independent fleet management and vehicle outsourcing businesses, managing over 27,000 vehicles. Founded in 1989, it is headquartered in Leeds, and operates under the trading name Zenith - Intelligent Vehicle Solutions.
Tops Markets Exited November 2013. Tops Markets is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York. Tops operates as an independent, locally owned organization and considers their stores to have a "neighborhood grocer" feel.
McKechnie Aerospace Exited November 2013. McKechnie Aerospace designs and distributes components for the aerospace industry, primarily structures, electromechanical, and fasteners. McKechnie sells its products through multiple channels including OEMs, distributors and the aftermarket.
Investment Professionals  View Team Details >
Head of Capital Partners
22 years industry experience
Senior Advisor to Capital Partners and Vice Chairman of Private Credit & Equity
28 years industry experience
Managing Director
34 years industry experience
Managing Director
30 years industry experience
Managing Director
16 years industry experience
Managing Director
30 years industry experience
Managing Director
21 years industry experience
Managing Director
14 years industry experience
Executive Director
25 years industry experience
Vice President
11 years industry experience
Vice President
7 years industry experience
Vice President
7 years industry experience
Vice President
10 years industry experience
Vice President
8 years industry experience
Manuel de Zarraga
Investment Professional
Harrison Grussmark
Investment Professional
Eric Kim
Investment Professional
Brendan McGrath
Investment Professional
Siobhan Monahan
Investment Professional
Maxwell Waterous
Investment Professional
Kathy S. Yuh
Investment Professional


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As of September 30, 2017. Team information may change from time to time.

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