Advent International appoints Bryan Taylor as Managing Partner and Head of Technology Investment Team

  • Advent also plans to deepen its technology sector relationships with new office in San Francisco Bay Area
  • Initiatives will enhance Advent’s ability to capitalize on technology-driven value creation opportunities across its five core industry sectors

BOSTON and LONDON, February 4, 2019 – Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that it is deepening its commitment to the technology sector with the appointment of Bryan Taylor as a Managing Partner to lead Advent’s technology investment team and the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Taylor, who joined Advent on February 1, 2019, and will be located in the Bay Area, is an accomplished industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience investing in technology. Most recently, he was co-head of TPG Capital’s technology group, where he was instrumental in building the firm’s software investment capabilities and jointly led a 20-person team. He has a strong track record in the sector, having invested billions of dollars in numerous technology companies across a range of deal sizes, from later-stage growth equity investments to large-scale buyouts.

At Advent, Taylor will work closely with the firm’s 14-person technology deal team in North America and Europe. Eric Wei, a Managing Director on Advent’s technology team in New York, will be relocating to the Bay Area this summer. Wei and Taylor have known each other for more than 20 years from their time working together at Bain & Company.

Advent has been investing in the technology sector for 28 years and during this time has backed management teams at growth-oriented technology companies worldwide. Under Taylor’s direction, Advent’s technology team will build on this strong foundation and continue to focus on growth equity and buyout opportunities across a variety of software, data and technology-enabled services subsectors, primarily in North America and Europe. The team will also collaborate closely with Advent investment professionals in other sectors and regions around the world.

Advent plans to open its new office in the Bay Area later this year. A California presence will help the firm to deepen its connectivity to relationships and companies throughout the broader technology community and benefit all of Advent’s sectors globally.

David Mussafer, a Boston-based Managing Partner and Co-Chair of Advent’s Global Executive Committee, said, “Bryan is the ideal person to lead our technology investment activities as he understands our partnership culture, which emphasizes global collaboration and operational excellence to build sustainable long-term value in companies. He is a highly respected and successful investor whose leadership will ensure that we continue to capitalize on technology opportunities within each of our five industry sectors and across the markets where we operate.”

“Eric Wei approached me about joining Advent to help expand its technology franchise, and I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Bryan Taylor. “Advent’s strong global platform, collaborative culture and philosophy of backing innovative management teams at growth-oriented companies were key factors in my decision to join the firm. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at Advent to continue building market-leading businesses in the technology sector.”

Commenting on Bryan’s appointment, James Brocklebank, a London-based Managing Partner and Co-Chair of Advent’s Global Executive Committee, added: “Technology is an attractive area of investment in its own right, but its effective application is also central to success across all industries in the global economy. With our cross-border capabilities and sector expertise, we believe a deeper focus in technology will enable us to pursue investment opportunities in the technology industry more effectively and create additional value in our portfolio companies across all our target sectors.”

Prior to TPG, Taylor was co-founder of Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm focused on driving significant operational improvement in software companies. From 1992 to 2000, he was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Taylor holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA degree in political science with honors from Stanford University.

About Advent International

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 340 private equity transactions in 41 countries and as of September 30, 2018, it had $39 billion in assets under management. With offices on four continents, Advent has established a globally integrated team of over 190 investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; healthcare; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology, media and telecom. After more than 30 years dedicated to international investing, Advent remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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