About Us

Founded in 1995, Boston-based J.W. Childs Associates is an established private equity firm focused on operational value creation in middle-market growth companies.

Our firm was founded on the principle that in a competitive environment, a successful private equity firm requires a highly focused, operationally intensive approach that will result in more discriminating investment selection and post-acquisition value creation. Our focused strategy of investing predominantly in consumer products and specialty retail/ecommerce businesses, and the extensive operating expertise of our partners, are the principal pillars of our success. Today, we have fourteen investment and operating professionals with decades of private equity and executive management experience.

We have broad experience acquiring businesses from a wide variety of sellers in various transaction structures, including the acquisition of:

Corporate Carve-Outs
Take Privates
Corporate Carve-Outs
Family-Owned Businesses
Take Privates
Sponsor-Owned Business

Additionally, the operating expertise of our management team has enabled us to pursue acquisitions of businesses with limited continuing management or with management succession issues for family run and controlled businesses.

We have produced strong returns throughout our history and across numerous economic and credit cycles employing our consistent, disciplined investment strategy.

Since our founding, we have invested approximately
$3.7 billion
of equity capital in more than
50 businesses
with an aggregate enterprise value at the time of investment of over
$13 billion