A differentiated strategy for secondary directs


    Welcome to Compass Partners International    

Compass Partners International is a private equity firm that believes in a fresh approach. We navigate transaction complexity to acquire multiple assets in portfolios from a variety of financial sponsors. 


Working in partnership with management teams, we bring deep operating experience to identify and realise untapped potential within each of our portfolio companies.


Transaction Sizes
€100m - €750m
Investment Team
100+ years Experience

Our Firm

Compass delivers innovative and creative liquidity solutions. We acquire multiple assets in portfolios from a variety of financial sponsors.  We are experts at navigating transaction complexity to acquire businesses directly or via existing holding company structures to achieve a vendor’s aim.


We work in partnership with our portfolio company management teams to identify untapped potential, create re-invigorated business strategies and deliver positive sustainable growth for our investors.


North America & Europe
€50m- €1bn
Investment Team

Our Team

Established in 1997, today Compass is a leading private equity firm pioneering secondary direct transactions acquiring multiple assets in portfolios or assets in special situations. Our partners are based in London & New York and have substantial experience of investing and operating businesses in Europe and North America.


We are specialists in complex situations, applying our unique approach and deep operating experience to investments across a wide variety of industries to achieve transformational outcomes for investors and management teams.



Our Approach

How we work with vendors

In Confidence: We acquire assets from a variety of financial sponsors, in a highly confidential setting to help vendors achieve their desired portfolio outcome. We acquire both control and minority equity positions, debt and other financial assets and have the ability to deliver up to €750m in a single transaction.


With Commitment: We are a lean, dedicated & experienced team who thrive on transactional complexity to deliver. We don’t have layers of bureaucracy which cloud decision making; we commit people, time, experience and hard work to getting deals done.


In Partnership: We know vendor expectations can change as circumstances change. We listen carefully and endeavour to create a bespoke transaction to find liquidity solutions which meet the needs of all key stakeholders.

How we work with our portfolio

Unlocking opportunity: We have helped many businesses achieve their potential. Working with our operating partners, we identify the work necessary to create value in the assets under our care from purchase to exit, making decision swiftly and resolving problems effectively.


Building relationships: Great management teams lead to great outcomes and we believe that building trusted relationships builds better companies. To build trust we act with integrity and seek to understand the people we work with. This means listening hard, backing judgements and always ensuring we are aligned with our investors.


Achieving transformation: As a team we have invested over $4bn helping construct strong companies and delivering industry-leading returns. Our ambition is to continue to build our business and create success for our investors, our management teams and our firm.

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Our Portfolio



We are proud to be working with and supporting each of these businesses to consolidate their position, accelerate their growth and create long-term shareholder value.


Explore our portfolio to find out more:-



Compass Partners International



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