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Arbor Investments raises its biggest fund, attracting $1.5bn

Friday, October 16, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Chicago private-equity firm Arbor Investments, which specializes in food and beverage acquisitions, has raised its biggest fund, the fifth equity fund, attracting $1.5 billion and doubling its assets under management.

The pool is roughly double the $765m secured by Arbor's fourth fund in 2016. It is also significantly above Arbor's $1bn target for Fund V.

The PE firm focused exclusively on acquiring premier companies in the food, beverage, and related industries also closed its second captive subordinated debt fund, Arbor Debt Opportunities Fund II (DOF II), with $168 million of outside commitments.

The close brings Arbor's total assets under management (AUM) to $2.9 billion, said a press release.

Gregory Purcell, Arbor co-founder, and CEO, said, "The quick and successful closing of Arbor Fund V, especially during this unique fundraising environment, is not only a testament to our outstanding investment track record but also a continued endorsement of the highly differentiated strategy we've refined over more than two decades."

He added: "We anticipate tremendous opportunity to deploy this new capital with outstanding entrepreneurial families and blue-chip strategic players."

"Contrary to typical private equity firms, Arbor has always been focused on adding value beyond just capital and our results reflect this unconventional approach," said Senior Operating Partner Timothy Fallon.

"We're firm believers ......................

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