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Providence Equity Partners LLC
Type Limited liability company
Industry Private equity
Founded 1989
Founder(s) Jonathan M. Nelson, CEO
Headquarters 50 Kennedy Plaza
Providence, Rhode Island
Key people Glenn M. Creamer, Senior Managing Director
Paul J. Salem, Senior Managing Director
Products Leveraged buyouts, Growth capital
Total assets $40 billion
Employees 240
Website www.provequity.com

Providence Equity Partners LLC is an American global private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, education and information investments. The firm specializes in leveraged buyout transactions as well as growth capital investments and has invested in more than 140 companies globally since its inception in 1989.[1][2]

The firm manages funds with over $40 billion in commitments, making it a large global player in the private equity industry. The firm also invests in credit funds through its Capital Markets group and affiliate, Benefit Street Partners.[3] Benefit Street Partners closed on a $1.75 billion middle market direct lending fund in April 2014.[4][5] Providence was one of the principal pioneers of a sector-based approach to private equity investing. The firm’s sixth fund, Providence Equity Partners VI, closed on $12 billion in 2007,[6] making it the largest sector-focused private equity fund ever raised.[7]

Providence is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island with five additional offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing and New Delhi.


Providence is led by Founder and CEO Jonathan M. Nelson and Senior Managing Director Paul J. Salem. The firm raises investment funds from a broad array of institutional investors, including pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, insurance companies, fund of funds, and high net worth individuals.

Providence partners with companies across different stages in their development, from growth capital and complex recapitalizations of family-owned businesses to large buyouts and take-privates. The firm targets equity investments of $150 million to $800 million and can employ a variety of financing structures.[1] Providence prefers to lead its investments, serve on company boards, and work collaboratively with company management.[8]

In 2008, Providence hired Thomas Gahan as president of the firm’s new capital markets group.[9] Prior to joining Providence, Mr. Gahan was head of Deutsche Bank’s corporate and investment banking in the Americas and chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Securities. The credit platform has 18 investment professionals based in the firm’s New York office.[10]

Providence’s investments have included AutoTrader.com Group, Blackboard Inc., eircom, Hulu, Kabel Deutschland, MLS Media, NEW Asurion, Newport Television, Univision, VoiceStream (now T-Mobile US), Warner Music Group, Western Wireless, and World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman), YES Network, and ZeniMax Media.[11]

Recent investments by the firm include Ambassador Theatre Group, Altegrity Inc., Miller Heiman, Learfield Communications, The Chernin Group, GLM, UFO Moviez, and Study Group.[12][13][14] Providence’s recent exits by sale or IPO include iQivi, Hulu, YES Network, Decision Recourses, MobileServ (Phones 4U), Bresnan Communications, and Kabel Deutschland.[1][15][16][17] In March 2013, Providence and the National Football League formed a global partnership to invest primarily in sports and entertainment related media assets.[18]

In September 2012, Providence sold a less than 10% stake in the firm to Florida’s state pension system and a sovereign wealth fund.[19]

Senior Advisors[edit]

Senior Advisors that work with the firm on new investment opportunities and certain of the firm’s existing investments, include:


  1. ^ a b c "Company Overview of Providence Equity Partners LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Providence Equity buys Star India's stake in Star CJ". afaqs!. June 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ken MacFadyen (January 21, 2010). "Providence Expands Capital Markets Arm". Leveraged Finance News. 
  4. ^ Matthew Sheahan (April 10, 2014). "Benefit Street Closes $1.75B Credit Fund". Leveraged Finance News. 
  5. ^ Chris Witkowsky (April 10, 2014). "Providence Equity debt arm hits $1.75 bln hard cap on Fund III". PeHUB. 
  6. ^ "Providence Equity Raises $12 Billion Buyout Fund". The New York Times. February 21, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Private Equity International magazine's ranking of the world's largest private equity firms.". PEI - Alternative Insight. May 1, 2008. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Provequity.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  9. ^ "Movers & shakers: Sept. 26, 2008". The Deal (magazine). September 26, 2008. 
  11. ^ Phil Wahba (June 25, 2014). "Private equity fuels Ironman triathlon organizer's gauntlet". Fortune. 
  12. ^ Anne-Sylvaine Chassany (October 21, 2013). "Providence buys Ambassador Theatre Group for £350m". Financial Times. 
  13. ^ LEARFIELD MEDIA SERVICES (September 10, 2013). "Shamrock Capital to sell Learfield to Providence Equity". The Southern Illinoisan. 
  14. ^ "Providence Equity Partners Acquires Miller Heiman". PR Newswire. January 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Recent News". Provequity.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  16. ^ "Baidu Buys iQiyi.com from Providence Equity". PE HUB. November 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ Andy Fixmer (October 13, 2012). "Providence Said to Sell 10% Hulu Stake for $200 Million". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  18. ^ Nadia Damouni (March 18, 2013). "NFL, Providence Equity form strategic investment partnership". Reuters. 
  19. ^ "Providence Equity Said to Sell Stake in Firm to Investors". Bloomberg Businessweek. September 25, 2012. 

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