Firm: Searchlight Capital Partners
Fund: Debut effort
Target: $1 billion
Amount Raised: $800 million
Filings indicate that so far the firm has raised more than $800 million. The goal of raising $1 billion is considered large for a first-time fund, although the firm’s three founders are by no means new to the private equity space.
The three founders of Searchlight have overseen deals in media and other industries at two top private equity firms as well as one of Canada’s leading pension funds. Before co-founding Searchlight, Eric Zinterhofer helped lead media and telecommunications investing at
Oliver Haarmann, a former partner at
Although Searchlight is said to focus on media, the firm’s Web site seems eager to broaden the firm’s scope beyond media, seeking deals in other industries like financial services, industrial goods and consumer services.