Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity firms. With offices on four continents, we have established a globally integrated team of more than 195 investment professionals, focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in five core sectors. Since initiating our private equity strategy in 1989, we have invested $44 billion in over 345 private equity investments across 41 countries, and as of December 31, 2018, managed $36 billion in assets. Today, as we did more than 30 years ago, we seek to invest in well-positioned companies and partner with management teams to create value through sustained revenue and earnings growth.
We employ a long-established strategy of operationally intensive, sector-focused investing across all of our markets globally. We seek to invest in well-positioned companies with operational and strategic improvement potential and partner with management teams to create value by driving revenue and earnings growth.
How we add value
Across the globe, Advent employs a highly operational approach to investing. We partner with management teams to build long-term value in companies by accelerating revenue and earnings growth through operational improvements, strategic repositioning and market expansion, both domestically and internationally. Key to this approach is our resource-intensive platform. Our global team of more than 195 investment professionals, including an in-house Portfolio Support Group, is complemented by a network of over 95 independent Operating Partners, who work with us on a consulting basis to improve and grow the businesses in which we invest.
Advent has a collegial culture with a strong focus on partnership. As an integrated global firm owned by our partners, we work together across offices and share responsibility for the success of our organization as one team. Common values that shape our business include trust, intellectual honesty and mutual respect.
Our emphasis on teamwork and joint accountability extends to our portfolio companies. We aim to make a constructive contribution to businesses and leave them strongly positioned for the long term, working closely with management teams to achieve a collective vision for the future.