Strategy

  • Buyouts
  • Special Situations

DEDICATED NORTH ASIA FOCUS

MBK Partners Buyouts has a dedicated geographic focus on North Asia – China, Japan and Korea. We focus our investment activities in these markets on the basis of our competitive advantage in these geographies, and we strive to harness our localness to develop “harmonious” Asian solutions. To cover these markets, our investment teams are located in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.1

1 Our investment team in Seoul is MBK Partners, Ltd., a separate Korean entity acting as the general partner of our Korea-registered funds, MBK Partners, Inc., MBK Partners II, Inc., MBK Partners III, Inc., MBK Partners IV, Inc. and MBK Partners V, Inc.

STRONG EMPHASIS ON CONTROL

MBK Partners Buyouts typically acquires companies through management-led buyouts, buys subsidiary businesses through corporate divestitures, partners with strategic buyers, takes publicly listed companies private and purchases and grows companies through add-on acquisitions. We focus on control investments because we believe control is essential to creating value.

VALUE CREATION EXPERIENCE

MBK Partners Buyouts acquires industry-leading companies with sustainable competitive advantages and strong cash flows and earnings. We have long experience in working with management to grow and create value in the companies by developing strategy, optimizing capital structure, adopting global best practices in operations, controls and corporate governance and pursuing strategic growth opportunities. MBK Partners typically has a long-term investment horizon.

LOCAL INVESTMENT TEAMS

All of MBK Partners’ investment professionals are natives of North Asia and have strong local relationships and market knowledge. Our localness, combined with our fund size, gives us an advantage in sourcing, executing and managing large, complex investments in our target markets. As an independent firm, with a locally based investment committee, MBK Partners makes decisions expeditiously.2

2 In Korea, we make investments out of our Korean funds, MBK Partners, Inc., MBK Partners II, Inc., MBK Partners III, Inc., MBK Partners IV, Inc. and MBK Partners V, Inc. All are registered with the Korean Financial Services Commission and are managed by MBK Partners, Ltd., a Korean entity formed by our partners. This enables our Korean investment team to operate as a local organization with a regional perspective in compliance with local regulations.

STRATEGIC FOCUS
ON CORE SECTORS

Buyouts has a balanced portfolio of market-leading businesses, with a concentration in three core sectors in which we have deep industry expertise and investment experience.

  • Telecommunications and media

  • Financial services

  • Consumer and retail

DEDICATED NORTH ASIA FOCUS

MBK Partners Special Situations has a dedicated geographic focus on North Asia – China, Japan and Korea. We focus our investment activities in these markets on the basis of our competitive advantage in these geographies, and we strive to harness our localness to develop “harmonious” Asian solutions. To cover these markets, our investment teams are located in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.

CAPITALIZING ON DISTRESSED
OPPORTUNITIES

Special Situations invests in companies which have limited access to capital due to their stage of development, macroeconomic and industry cycles or market inefficiency. We provide timely and customized capital solutions to these companies.

FLEXIBILITY ACROSS
THE CAPITAL STRUCTURE

Special Situations invests at various levels of the capital structure, encompassing minority equity, equity hybrid instrument, junior credit, senior credit in both primary and secondary markets. This flexibility, together with our team’s experience in closing transactions in complex structures, enables us to customize an optimal investment structure for each transaction.

LOCAL INVESTMENT TEAMS

All of MBK Partners Special Situations’ investment professionals are natives of North Asia and have strong local relationships and market knowledge. Our localness, combined with our ability to leverage the established MBK Partners platform, gives us an advantage in sourcing, executing and managing large, complex investments in our target markets. As an independent firm, with a locally based investment committee, MBK Partners makes decisions expeditiously.

EQUITY RETURNS
WITH DOWNSIDE PROTECTION

MBK Partners Special Situations makes investments across the capital structure for equity-like returns with structured downside protection.