As one of the most active middle-market private equity firms in the world, the Riverside Co. would likely be worth considering for first prize in the private equity category in any year, but the firm truly dominated in 2012. The firm, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013, marked many milestones in 2012, including closing its 300th deal. Riverside enjoyed impressive results across three areas - acquisitions, realizations and fundraising. Riverside set a number of firm records in terms of transactions during the year: 50 total transactions, 36 acquisitions and 14 exits. These tallies helped the firm achieve remarkable lifetime numbers, including 80 exits.
With chief operating officer Pam Hendrickson's being named vice chairman of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Riverside further solidified its role as a thought leader in the private equity industry, during a period in which the asset class was under public attack due to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's background as the co-founder of Bain Capital.