Firm: Clarion Capital Partners
Fund: Clarion Capital Partners Fund II
Target: Up to $500 million
Placement Agent: Not yet selected
The New York-based private equity firm will pursue up to $500 million to launch its next fund, expected to be named
Clarion plans to use a placement agent to help with fundraising, but none has been selected. It used Far Hills Group to help raise its first fund. The source described Clarion’s second fund as being a continuation of its existing strategy and said the firm will keep pursuing lower middle-market deals.
Founded in 1999, Clarion didn’t raise its first fund until about five years ago. The firm was launched by Wasserstein Perella & Co. veterans, including Mark Utay, who remains with the firm as a managing partner. PeHUB was unable to find any performance data for Clarion’s first fund.
Clarion’s first fund has had at least one hit with Crowe Paradis Services Corp., an insurance services firm that has agreed to be purchased by Verisk Analytics for $90 million, according to Thomson Reuters, publisher of Buyouts. The deal will produce a return of about 25x for Clarion, according to a source familiar with the transaction.
Besides Crowe Paradis, Clarion’s current investments include Cross MediaWorks Inc., an advertising services company; Great Northwest Insurance Co., which provides auto, home, and small business insurance; Hartmann, which makes luxury luggage and business accessories; Lenox, a maker of high-end dinnerware and collectibles; Reliant Healthcare Professionals Inc., a nurse staffing provider; and Strategic Outsourcing Inc., which provides human resources outsourcing to small and medium-sized businesses.
In 2009, Cross MediaWorks accepted a $17 million investment from
Clarion’s Web site shows that its historical investments include All-Clad Holdings, which makes premium cookware; Snapple, the beverage company; and Imax, the entertainment technology company best known for enabling movies to be shown on gigantic screens.