Meet The Team

Private Equity

We back strong management teams, with investment and expertise to help accelerate growth.

York’s Private Equity Special Opportunities Funds (YSOF) primarily target control investments in middle-market businesses. YSOF seeks companies that can benefit from York’s resources and experience. YSOF seeks to back experienced management teams with strong visions for their businesses.

YSOF has a broad investment mandate, enabling it to tailor each platform investment to the needs of existing shareholders and managers. YSOF has flexible capital and can offer creative structuring options. YSOF generally employs a conservative approach to leverage, targeting investment returns from growth and achieving management plans.


Transaction Types

  • Companies undergoing ownership transitions or recapitalizations
  • Partial buyout and partnership with founders/owner-operators
  • Corporate divestitures
  • Growth capital
  • Special situations (e.g., turnarounds, out-of-favor businesses)
  • Equity project financings
  • Asset purchases (e.g., real estate, manufacturing plants)


Industry Focus

YSOF is generally industry agnostic. Historically, YSOF has targeted companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • Automotive
  • Building products/residential services
  • Business services
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Consumer/specialty finance
  • Energy and energy services
  • Fitness/health & wellness
  • Industrials
  • Leisure, resort, hospitality and retirement
  • Transportation and logistics
*As of January 1, 2020. Includes only YSOF I and II.


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Strategic partnership
with management
to unlock value.

The dedicated private equity team works collaboratively with businesses to execute growth initiatives and seek to unlock value.


York’s partnership model is focused on:

  • Backing, building and incentivizing

    strong management teams.

  • Developing

    value creation roadmaps prior to investing.

  • Partnering

    with management to seek to drive value creation.

  • Supporting

    management teams by leveraging internal or external resources.

  • Focusing

    on exit and monetization process prior to, and throughout, ownership.