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Silver Lake - Overview


Silver Lake is a global technology investment firm, with approximately $75 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of investment and operating professionals based in Menlo Park, New York, London, Hong Kong, Cupertino and San Francisco. Silver Lake’s portfolio of investments collectively generates more than $180 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 400,000 people globally.

Dedicated to the thesis that the dynamism and rapid pace of innovation in global technology demand intensely focused domain expertise, Silver Lake devotes its full scope of talent and intellectual capital to the singular mission of investing in the world’s leading technology, technology-enabled and related growth businesses. Applying the strategic insights of an experienced industry participant, the operating skill of a world-class management team, and sophisticated investing and structuring capabilities, Silver Lake leverages the deep knowledge and expertise of a global team.

Launched in 1999 as a specialist firm focused on technology company investments, Silver Lake has maintained its strategic discipline since its founding and engages in a synergistic and collaborative approach to investing across the following investment strategies:

  • Silver Lake Partners (SLP) engages as a strategic market participant via large-scale investments in technology, technology-enabled and related growth businesses.
  • Silver Lake Alpine (SLA) targets structured equity and debt investment opportunities in large-cap technology, technology-enabled and related growth businesses. 
  • Silver Lake Waterman (SLW) offers flexible growth capital to later-stage private companies in the technology, technology-enabled and related growth industries. 

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 $180 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 295,000 people globally.

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.

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 operating team, including professionals drawn from some of the largest and most successful companies in the global technology industry. The operating 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 operating 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 technology investing. Today Silver Lake's portfolio of investments collectively generates more than $180 billion of revenue annually and employs more than 400,000 people globally.