Building great businesses


We offer fair and flexible terms, with a customized structure for each situation.



For companies that meet our criteria, Russell Square can customize a transaction that meets the needs of all stakeholders. We are interested in buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital investments. We can also help facilitate generational transitions and succession plans. We are collaborative partners, comfortable with both majority and minority positions.


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Company Characteristics:


    • Stable revenue base with recurring characteristics
    • Diverse customer base
    • Strong and defensible market position
    • Favourable growth prospects

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Industry Attributes:


    • Stable or growing market
    • Barriers to entry
    • Fragmented competitors with opportunity for add-on acquisitions
    • Low regulatory and technological risk

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Financial Criteria:


    • Revenue of at least $5 million
    • EBITDA or operating profit of at least $1 million
    • Low capital intensity

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Management Orientation:


    • Thorough understanding of key business drivers
    • Realistic conception of the company’s strengths and weaknesses
    • Desire to work collaboratively and operate with openness and integrity
    • Willingness to maintain/take a material ownership stake in the business


Buyouts: Through a highly collaborative process, we are able to develop thoughtful and successful exit strategies for business owners. Our flexible approach allows us to partner with existing management teams or to engage new management if needed. We are particularly interested in owner-operated businesses, inter-generational transitions, and management-led buyouts.

Recapitalizations: Russell Square provides liquidity for entrepreneurs and shareholders looking to sell a stake in their businesses, while allowing them to either retain operational control or work with us to bring in a new management team. This allows owners of family-owned or privately-held businesses to diversify their holdings and achieve partial liquidity while bringing on a supportive and thoughtful partner.

Growth Capital: Growth equity allows businesses to expand more rapidly or to take advantage of opportunities that require immediate capital. Russell Square brings our business building experience and financial capital to bear to make significant investments that accelerate growth.

Corporate Carve-Outs: When a large corporation wants to sell a non-core business, Russell Square will work with corporate to facilitate the successful divestiture of the business unit and the acquisition of the operations by the management team.