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Trilantic North America Named to Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Founder-Friendly Investors List

Trilantic North America, a leading, growth-focused middle market private equity firm, has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 2021 Founder-Friendly Investors. The list, which recognizes Trilantic North America as 1 of 6 firms in the “Upper Middle-Market” category, highlights the investment partners that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth.

Over the last 12 years, Trilantic North America has committed $6.5 billion in capital to founder- and family-owned and operated businesses in the middle and upper-middle market, of which $2 billion was minority capital invested alongside founders and families. The firm is focused on backing deeply rooted entrepreneurial companies in the consumer, business services, energy and energy transition sectors, to help these growing businesses create a strong infrastructure to significantly scale, while acting as an invaluable source of strategic guidance. Recent investments Trilantic North America has made in founder-led companies include Gorilla Commerce, AEGIS Hedging, SemaConnect and companies that it’s launched in partnership with industry pioneers, including Outdoor Living Supply and accelerators Sunrise Strategic Partners and Tercera.

“Looking back on the unprecedented challenges and opportunities presented this past year, we understand more than ever what the value of a collaborative partner can do for these growing businesses,” said Charles Ayres, Managing Partner at Trilantic North America. “This is about much more than providing capital – it is the hands-on operational guidance and a shared commitment to a founder's long-term vision where we connect the deepest and see the most impact on growth.”

In order to compile the list, Inc. reached out to founders provided by applicants with a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships. To see the complete list, go to:

Oct 05, 2021

Trilantic Capital Management L.P. ("Trilantic North America") is a private equity firm focused on control and significant minority investments in North America. Trilantic North America’s primary investment focus is in the business services, consumer, and energy sectors. Trilantic North America currently manages six private equity fund families with aggregate capital commitments of $9.7 billion. For more information, visit

About Trilantic North America

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Awarded in October 2021, this list highlights the investment partners that Inc. Magazine determined entrepreneurs could trust and collaborate with while receiving financial support to accelerate growth, based on a firm's track record of exiting founder-led portfolio companies since January 2016. Inc. Magazine selected firms based on interviews with founders of portfolio companies that were submitted as references by firms. Compensation in the form of an application fee was provided by Trilantic NA to Inc. Magazine in connection with this award. To see the complete list of winners, click here.