Centerbridge Partners

Centerbridge Partners is a multi-strategy private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts and distressed securities.

Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
Private ownership
IndustryHedge fund, Private Equity
Founded2005; 15 years ago (2005)
HeadquartersSeagram Building
New York City, New York, United States
ProductsLeveraged buyouts, distressed securities
Total assets$25 billion

The firm manages over $25 billion of assets[1] and is based in New York City, with an additional office in London. The firm invests in both control (private equity and public debt with a "loan-to-own" strategy) and non-control (public market debt, public market equities, and other publicly traded securities) opportunities.

The firm [2] was founded in 2005 by Jeffrey Aronson and Mark Gallogly. Aronson had previously been the head of distressed securities and had founded the leveraged loan business at Angelo, Gordon & Co., which he had joined in 1989 from L.F. Rothschild & Co. Gallogly was formerly a senior managing director and head of private equity investments at the Blackstone Group from 2003 until his departure. At Blackstone, Gallogly was heavily involved in the firm's investments in New Skies Satellites and Sirius Satellite Radio among others and had joined the firm in 1989 from Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, where he worked in acquisition finance.

In September 2006, the firm raised its debut fund with $3.2 billion of investor commitments to focus on control investments in distressed securities as well as leveraged buyout transactions.[3][4] The firm also raised a $2 billion noncontrol, activist-oriented credit trading fund known as Centerbridge Special Credit Partners through 2009 and 2010.[5] In 2010, the firm announced plans to begin marketing a second investment fund with a target of $3.75 billion of investor commitments.[6] In 2011, the firm closed its second flagship fund, Centerbridge Partners II, on $4.4 billion, including a commitment from the GP.[7] This was followed by a closing of its $2bn second Special Credit Partners fund in March 2012.[2]

In 2010, Centerbridge won control of Extended Stay Hotels, a company that Gallogly had been involved with at Blackstone.[8] That same year, Centerbridge acquired 'GMAC Commercial Finance', a subsidiary of Ally Financial[9] as well as Rock Bottom Restaurants and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group, merged to form CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries.[10] In 2012, Centerbridge acquired P. F. Chang's China Bistro, a chain of Chinese casual dining restaurants.[11] Three years later announced its agreement to buy Senvion SE from Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon[12] and acquired Great Wolf Resorts, the world's largest chain of indoor water park resorts for $1.35 billion.[13]


  1. ^ Centerbridge Closes $6 Billion Private-Equity Fund Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2014
  2. ^ a b Split in Private Equity Funding. WallStreetJournal, August 21, 2012
  3. ^ Centerbridge Raises $3 Billion for First Buyout Fund. Bloomberg, September 26, 2006
  4. ^ Centerbridge recruits for auto investments. Financial News, Nov 30, 2006
  5. ^ Investors Buy Into Centerbridge’s ‘Do Nothing’ Strategy. Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2010
  6. ^ Centerbridge Aims For $3.75 Billion On Distressed-Debt And Buyout Fund Archived 2015-11-19 at the Wayback Machine. Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, August 6, 2010
  7. ^ Centerbridge in lightning-quick fundraise. Private Equity International, May 25, 2012
  8. ^ Centerbridge Snares Extended Stay. Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2010
  9. ^ "Centerbridge Acquires Resort Finance Business From GMAC Commercial Finance". prnewswire.
  10. ^ "Gordon Biersch brewer in merger to become CraftWorks". Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  11. ^ Evelyn M. Rusli (May 1, 2012). "Centerbridge Buys P.F. Chang's for $1.1 Billion". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Deals of the day - Mergers and acquisitions". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
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