Morgan Stanley Energy Partners primarily makes control investments in energy companies located in North America. The team focuses on the buyout and build-up of strategically attractive, established energy businesses across the energy value chain in partnership with best-in-class management teams.
We focus on value creation through management and operational improvements, value-added oversight, accretive add-on acquisitions, thoughtful financing and strategic alternatives for our portfolio companies.
Throughout our decades-long history, we have maintained a consistent focus on the middle-market, investing in companies with Enterprise Values from $50 million to $1 billion. We generally invest in North America, but we will pursue deals in other geographies on an opportunistic basis. We invest in corporate carve-outs, management buyouts, founder-led recapitalizations, platform build-ups of established companies and growth equity investments.
We focus on oil and gas and invest in companies in the core upstream, midstream and services and equipment subsectors. We seek to partner with world-class management teams to acquire and exploit reserves, move products from the field to markets, distribute products to end consumers, and invest in the service and equipment companies that support those businesses along the way.
We primarily seek control equity investments in well-established and differentiated businesses. Following our investment, these companies may serve as platforms for strategic follow-on investments. Our team may help source and fund add-on acquisitions, identify managers who we believe can add value and share our deep industry expertise and relationships, along with the vast resources of Morgan Stanley, with our management partners.
We generally seek to deploy capital in portfolio companies over time as part of a multi-step build-up strategy. We believe that this measured approach to investing enables our team to gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our portfolio companies and ultimately results in superior strategic and capital investment decisions and more effective risk management.
As an energy-focused middle-market private equity investment team with direct access to the network and capabilities of a leading global financial services firm, we can bring out-sized resources to our middle-market portfolio companies to help them thrive within their markets. We believe the Morgan Stanley franchise is instrumental in enabling us to recruit senior executives and board members to help our portfolio companies grow. In addition, we believe that our firm can provide market insights to drive better decision-making; proactive balance sheet management; introductions to potential acquisition candidates and other business partners; proprietary knowledge regarding financing, risk management and strategic alternatives; and access to institutional procurement, vendor management and sourcing programs that can deliver significant cost savings.