sale to Warburg Pincus

Technology & Services
sale to Warburg Pincus


Baird served as the exclusive financial advisor to Universal Services of America on this transaction.


Universal Services of America ("Universal" or the "Company"), a portfolio company of Partners Group (“Partners Group”), was recently acquired by Warburg Pincus (“Warburg”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Universal is a security services firm which provides a diverse mix of security and facility services, ranging from traditional manned guard services and janitorial services to cutting-edge technology systems. Over the past two years, Universal has completed over 20 acquisitions and also grown organically, resulting in a growth rate five times greater than the industry average. Universal is the fourth largest security services company in the United States and is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

Warburg is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $35 billion in assets under management. The firm's active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg has raised 14 private equity funds, which have invested more than $50 billion in over 720 companies in more than 35 countries. The firm is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mumbai, San Francisco, São Paulo and Shanghai.

Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with over EUR 37 billion (over USD 45 billion) in investment programs under management in private equity, private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The firm manages a broad range of customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors. The firm employs over 750 people and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: PGHN) with a major ownership by its partners and employees. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has additional offices in San Francisco, Houston, New York, São Paulo, London, Guernsey, Paris, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney.

For additional information about this transaction, please contact:

Ross Williams +1 (414) 298-6235
Brian McDonagh +1 (704) 553-6611
Tim Shea +1 (414) 298-6203
Tom Lacy +1 (414) 298-7648
Jonathan Harrison +44 (0) 20 7667 8414
Technology & Services
sale to Warburg Pincus
July 2015
Universal Services of America
Technology & Services
Target Location
North America
Acquiror Location
North America