Firm: Atlas Holdings
Fund: Atlas Holdings LP
Target: $300 million
Placement Agent: Capstone Partners
Atlas Holdings has entered the market with its first traditional investment vehicle, two sources familiar with the situation said. The Greenwich, Conn.-based distressed investment firm had previously relied on investors to commit capital on a deal-by-deal basis, and typically depended on large chunks of its own general partners’s capital to close deals. The hope is that the $300 million-targeted fund will allow the firm to operate more efficiently in a market that’s currently flooded with distressed opportunities, a source said.
The firm retained the services of Capstone Partners to advise it in raising the fund, the sources said. Atlas Holdings invests in troubled companies in the lower-middle market distressed through a distressed debt-for-control, or “loan-to-own” strategy, similar to that of its founders’s prior firm,
That technique has produced strong returns for Atlas Holdings, placing it “at the high end of top decile returns” for some of its investors, a source said. The firm entered the market with its new fund in July and hopes to hold a first on more than $100 million by the end of this year or early in 2010, a source said. Atlas Holdings’ general partners intend to make an “abnormally large” capital contribution to the new fund, one of the sources said.
Atlas Holdings targets investments in the industrial, chemical, agribusiness and financial services industries. In August, the company purchased the Trus Joint Commercial division of Weyerhaeuser for an undisclosed amount. In May, the firm teamed up with