Wellspring Raises $527M For Fund V

Firm: Wellspring Capital Management

Fund: Wellspring Capital Partners V

Raised To Date: $527 Million

Target: $1.3 billion

Placement Agent: Credit Suisse

Wellspring Capital Management LLC, a generalist that acquires North American companies with values of at least $75 million, has raised $527 million for its fifth fund as of March 12, a source familiar with the fundraising effort told Buyouts. The target for Wellspring Capital Partners V is $1.3 billion.

Credit Suisse is helping the firm raise the fund, which executives at Wellspring Capital hope to close by June 30.

Wellspring Capital’s fourth fund, Wellspring Capital Partners IV, closed in 2005 with a total of $1 billion.

The New York-based buyout shop typically invests between $75 million to $150 million in its deals, though it can target deals as high as $2 billion. Although the firm invests in numerous sectors, it avoids telecommunications, high technology, real estate and commodity based businesses.

Wellspring Capital’s most recent deal came in September, when it sold Vatterott Education Centers Inc., a St. Louis, Mo.-based postsecondary trade school, to TA Associates. The firm scored a good return on the deal, having already recouped its $40 million investment in the company with a refinancing in May.

Managing Partner Greg Feldman, the former head of acquisitions at EXOR America Inc., the U.S. investment arm of the Italian corporation Agnelli Group, co-founded Wellspring Capital in 1995. Other managing partners include William Dawson, an alumnus of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette who, prior to joining Wellspring Capital in 2001, was the head of Whitney & Co., a mid-market buyout shop; David Mariano, a former managing director in the restructuring group at The Blackstone Group who joined Wellspring Capital in 1997; and Carl Stanton, a former principal at mid-market investment firm Dimeling Schreiber & Park who joined Wellspring Capital in 1998. In all, the firm has 20 investment professionals.