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LaSalle Capital execs spin out with aid of secondaries capital

Longshore Capital Partners will target control buyouts in the lower mid-market with a focus on founder-owned businesses in the business services sector.

A duo from LaSalle Capital, a lower mid-market private equity firm, have spun out via a secondaries process led by two former Coller Capital executives.

Longshore Capital Partners‘ debut fund has been backed by Spring Bridge Partners and other investors, according to a statement. The fund, Longshore Capital Fund I, raised more than $200 million in the process and houses five companies that were moved into the vehicle.

Longshore’s founders, Nick Christopher and Ryan Anthony, spent 14 and eight years respectively at LaSalle before spinning out. The firm will target control buyouts in the lower mid-market with a focus on founder-owned businesses in the business services sector such as outsourcing, revenue cycle management, managed services and payments, the statement noted.

Shannon Advisors served as placement agent for the fund and Winston & Strawn provided legal counsel.

Spring Bridge, which was founded in 2017 by Sebastien Burdel and Luca Salvato, and its consortium accounted for more than 75 percent of the capital used to back the fund, Burdel told Private Equity International. The other backers of the fund include asset management firms, insurance companies, funds of funds, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

The roughly $200 million figure includes capital for both fresh deals and for follow-on investments into the portfolio.

Burdel declined to comment on whether Spring Bridge also acquired a stake in the management company of Longshore, saying: “In general terms, we want the highest level of alignment for our GPs. As a general practice, we want their management companies to own the economics of their business, so it’s not our general practice to do that.”

Spring Bridge knew Christopher and Anthony prior to the spin-out process, he added.

“We were lucky that we were able to develop a relationship with them well prior to that and even to do the bulk of our diligence prior to covid.”

Sister title Secondaries Investor reported in October that that Spring Bridge was in market with its debut fund targeting $500 million.