Baird Private Equity Reports Significant Increase In Activity As Second-Half 2010 Momentum Continues

CHICAGO, May 2, 2011

Baird Private Equity, the global private equity group of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird), continues to be very active in the lower middle market, reporting a steady increase in activity for new and follow-on investments and exits across its U.S., UK and China-focused funds. Activity over the past nine months includes:

    • Twelve new and follow-on investments, including five new venture investments, one new China growth equity investment, one new UK buyout investment, and five follow-on venture investments. Several new domestic and international investments are pending. 

    • Approximately $200 million of investor proceeds from six successful exits, including Accuri Cytometers, Aston Carter Group Limited, Campbell Alliance, Encover Inc., Interlace Medical and Paddock Holdings Ltd.

“Our portfolio companies weathered the downturn well and are benefiting from the improving economy,” said Paul Carbone, Director of Baird Private Equity. “All of the elements of our strategy have come together, and we are seeing the clear rewards of having a global operating capability combined with a strong sector-focused investment team.”

Baird Private Equity makes venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments in smaller, high potential companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Baird Private Equity has raised and managed over $2.7 billion in capital globally, and is an active investor in companies in the Business Services, Manufactured Products and Healthcare sectors. 

About Baird Private Equity
Baird Private Equity, the global private equity group of Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird), makes venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments in smaller, high potential companies in the United States through Baird Venture Partners and Baird Capital Partners, in China through Baird Capital Partners Asia, and in Europe through Baird Capital Partners Europe. Baird Private Equity has a global team of investment and operations professionals across the United States, Europe and Asia, including a team of operating professionals in Asia. Baird Private Equity has raised and managed over $2.7 billion in capital and invested in more than 245 companies since the 1980s. For more information, please visit bairdprivateequity.com