GI Partners, a private investment firm, has recapitalized of Patriot Growth Insurance Services LLC, a national insurance agency, in partnership with the company’s founder and CEO, Matt Gardner. Summit Partners, which invested in Patriot in 2019, and Patriot management will maintain significant minority ownership positions in the company.
Gardner commented, “Since creating Patriot in 2019, we have remained laser-focused on our core mission of providing capital and resources to great entrepreneurs to help them accelerate growth. With added support from GI Partners, we will continue our strategy of curating only the very best agencies and fostering a highly collaborative environment with an ‘agency-first’ mindset. Summit Partners has been shoulder-to-shoulder with us since our founding, and we are thrilled to have them remain as investors as we continue on our growth journey.”
Hoon Cho, managing director and co-head of Private Equity at GI Partners, added, “We have evaluated numerous opportunities in the insurance sector over many years and are thrilled to partner with Patriot. Matt and his team have built one of the fastest growing and most differentiated insurance brokerage platforms, and we are delighted to join them in pursuit of continued above-market growth in the years ahead.”
Matt Hamilton, managing director at Summit Partners, said, “Patriot was founded with a differentiated, partnership-driven approach, offering agency owners strategic, operational, and financial resources needed to accelerate growth. Matt and the team have executed on this vision impeccably, delivering strong, sustained growth over the course of the last several years. We are proud to continue our partnership with the Patriot team and support the company’s growth during this next chapter.”
Jeff Sheu, managing director at GI Partners, commented, “Matt has demonstrated an ability to attract outstanding talent to Patriot, both in terms of employees as well as acquisition targets that have expanded the company’s footprint and capabilities. Matt and his team have delivered remarkable results since 2019 and we look forward to supporting their continued growth.”
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and MarshBerry served as financial advisors to Patriot. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Patriot and Summit Partners. Jamieson Corporate Finance served as financial advisor and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as legal advisor to the Patriot management team. Barclays served as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to GI Partners.