DLJ Merchant Banking Partners Spins Off from Credit Suisse

Mar 31, 2014, 13:05 ET from Credit Suisse AG

NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Credit Suisse today announced that DLJ Merchant Banking Partners ("DLJ MBP"), the bank's mid-market leveraged buyout business, has spun off into an independent advisory firm, aPriori Capital Partners L.P. ("aPriori Capital"), established by the existing DLJ MBP management team led by Colin Taylor and Susan Schnabel.  

aPriori Capital will manage the DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III, L.P. and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners IV, L.P. private equity funds (together with related vehicles, the "MBP Funds"), collectively representing approximately $2 billion of value across 22 portfolio companies as of December 31, 2013. Colin Taylor and Susan Schnabel, Co-Heads of DLJ MBP, will continue to manage the MBP Funds and lead aPriori Capital.  All other investment professionals comprising the DLJ MBP management team are joining aPriori. As the new general partner and investment manager of the MBP Funds, aPriori is expected to be a strong platform for the DLJ MBP team to manage and maximize the value of the MBP Funds as well as raise capital in the future.  The new firm will continue to operate from offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Nicole Arnaboldi, Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse's Asset Management business, said, "We are pleased to have completed this spin-off and are grateful for the efforts and performance of the team over many years at DLJ and Credit Suisse.  We wish aPriori Capital much success in the future."

"The team is excited by the opportunity to establish an independent fund advisory business and a new platform for the future.  We appreciate the strong support we have received from our investors throughout this transition and in particular would like to thank Credit Suisse for their partnership and support over the past 14 years," said Colin Taylor and Susan Schnabel, Co-Heads of aPriori Capital.

This spin-off is part of Credit Suisse's previously announced divestment plans.

Credit Suisse AG
Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse is able to offer clients its expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management from a single source. Credit Suisse provides specialist advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high net worth private clients worldwide, and also to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 46,000 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

aPriori Capital Partners
aPriori Capital Partners is a leveraged buyout fund advisor that completed its spin-out from Credit Suisse on 31 March 2014.  Formerly known as DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, the firm is focused on mid-market opportunities in the US and Europe and manages the DLJ Merchant Banking Partners III, L.P. and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners IV, L.P. private equity funds.  These funds collectively represent approximately $2 billion of value across 22 portfolio companies as of December 31, 2013.  The firm is headed by former DLJ Merchant Banking co-heads Colin Taylor and Susan Schnabel and operates from offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

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