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Silver Lake - Overview


Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with about $45.5 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located around the world. Dedicated to the thesis that the dynamism and rapid pace of innovation in global technology demand intensely focused domain expertise, Silver Lake differentiates itself from generalist investment firms by devoting its full scope of talent and intellectual capital to the singular mission of investing in the world’s leading technology companies and tech-enabled businesses. Applying the strategic insights of an experienced industry participant, the operating skill of a world-class management team, and the investing capabilities of a leading private equity firm, Silver Lake leverages the deep knowledge and expertise of a global team based in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong.

Unparalleled Technology Sector Expertise

Applying an analytically rigorous and data-focused approach, Silver Lake invests strategically and selectively across the broad value chain and sub-verticals of the technology industry, from semiconductors, cloud computing, and IT infrastructure to tech-enabled financial markets, transaction processing, mobile communications, and e-commerce.   

Launched in 1999 as a specialist firm focused on private technology company investments, Silver Lake has maintained its strategic discipline since its founding but has expanded its sector expertise to encompass four primary investment strategies:

  • Silver Lake Partners (SLP) invests in large-cap technology companies and tech-enabled businesses.
  • Silver Lake Waterman provides growth capital to later-stage companies in the technology and technology-enabled industries, offering flexible solutions to finance expansion and acquisitions.
  • Silver Lake Kraftwerk provides growth capital to technology and tech-enabled businesses driving efficiency across the operations, energy, and resources industries.
  • Silver Lake Sumeru invests in middle market technology companies and tech-enabled businesses.

Investing in Market Leaders Positioned for Dynamic Growth

Leveraging a deep network of relationships throughout the global technology industry, Silver Lake seeks to cultivate proprietary or specialized investment opportunities not typically available to generalist investors. Silver Lake’s ideal target company has a leading position in its market, a competitively advantaged business model, a strong management team, proprietary core technologies, sound business processes, and the potential for transformational value creation. The firm seeks to formulate its investments to enable growth and frequently employs conservative capital structures designed to drive aggressive investment in new initiatives, innovation, and business expansion. Today Silver Lake’s portfolio of investments collectively generates more than $225 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 390,000 people globally.

Partnership with Premier Management Teams

Partnering with proven leaders drawn from across the global technology industry and tech-enabled businesses, Silver Lake and its portfolio company management teams work in concert to establish and sustain differentiated competitive advantage in their respective markets. Seeking to capitalize on innovative or disruptive business models, Silver Lake and its management partners aim to achieve performance metrics that are not dependent on prevailing macroeconomic conditions. Silver Lake believes that its portfolio companies interact with nearly every sizeable participant in the technology value chain, providing access, relationships, and insights across all sub-sectors of their opportunity set.

Value Creation Driven Through Strategic and Operational Discipline

Building upon a commitment to enhance the operational performance of its portfolio companies that has been a hallmark of the firm since its inception, Silver Lake has built a dedicated value creation team with extensive operating experience around the world, including professionals drawn from some of the largest and most successful companies in the global technology industry. The value creation and investment teams work collaboratively with Silver Lake’s portfolio companies to introduce new products and services, enter new global markets, launch new strategic partnerships, and expand the international network of relationships available to management. The value creation team also works closely with Silver Lake’s investment professionals to assist in the due diligence and evaluation of prospective investment opportunities, offering deep knowledge of a specific sub-sector or technology. Silver Lake believes its value creation initiatives have been essential drivers of past performance and will remain central to its differentiated, specialist investment strategy.

At A Glance

Founded in 1999, Silver Lake is a pioneer in private technology investing. Today Silver Lake's portfolio of investments collectively generates more than $225 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 390,000 people globally.