About Us

Founded in 1986, M/C Partners has over 30 years experience investing in the communications, IT and media industries.

Our Mission

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We aim to leverage our specialized domain expertise and resources to create unique and attractive investment opportunities for our investors;

To conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our core values of integrity, transparency, and excellence;

To build lasting relationships with our investors, entrepreneurs, and partners; and

To foster a team-oriented culture to sustain the legacy and longevity of the Firm’s core principles.

The Advantage ofInvestors Who Lead

M/C Partners is the quintessential lead investor, combining broad company building knowledge with deep domain expertise to guide companies from early stages to profitability and ultimately to successful exits. We take an active role in our investments, working closely and effectively with management teams to deliver success and strong investment returns. Our investment style is characterized by several key elements:

  • Thesis Driven

    The firm specializes in the early identification of the most promising emerging services sectors within communications, technology and media. We proactively seek out well-positioned entrepreneurial managers and companies that fit our thesis. We back aggressive, insightful executives who have the capacity to build substantial companies and to create significant shareholder value.

  • Lead Investor

    We are typically the first institutional investor in our portfolio companies and in most cases, lead the round if there are co-investors. Our proven company building expertise frequently draws entrepreneurs and organizations that are seeking investment leadership and organizational management guidance.

  • Value Add Investor

    We participate actively in the company's growth and success as a member of the Board of Directors. The proactive role we take in assisting management has contributed significantly to our long term track record of top quartile performance. We maintain a hands-on approach with the company's senior executive team to provide value-added input that includes perspectives on strategy development, recruiting senior team members, capital raising, and M&A.

  • Industry Focus

    M/C Partners focuses primarily in the services sectors of communications, technology, and media.

  • Investment Size

    Our investments typically range in size from $10m to $50m of equity.

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Gillis S. Cashman

Managing Partner

Through our experience with ICG, we were able to identify a number of valuable investment trends in the fiber services sector. This effort led to the genesis of Zayo Broadband, which has now become a leading growth investment and consolidator of fiber assets in the US.

Brian M. Clark

Managing Partner

Our wireless heritage goes back 27 years to the very first spectrum auction by the FCC. We have dedicated ourselves to the wireless services sector where we have executed over a dozen investments including MetroPCS, Western Wireless and Open Mobile.

David D. Croll

Managing Partner

With over three decades of private equity investment history, M/C Partners has invested through many economic cycles and across a variety of emerging sectors. This knowledge base is shared across our firm and our portfolio companies.

James F. Wade

Managing Partner

M/C Partners' strategy is built on identification and pursuit of long-term trends that have transformational investment potential. Over our investment history, we have executed transactions leveraging major trends such as the broad transition to wireless services, deregulation of the telecom industry, the increasing availability of broadband services and the pervasiveness of the Internet for consumers and businesses.





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