Gabelli Direct Investing: Merchant Investment Partners

Gabelli Direct Investments brings our skills, network and expertise to enhance the success of your business. Our group seeks to partner with owners and management in an effort to establish shared goals, bring support to restructuring and growth processes, and augment industry insights with creative capital markets solutions.

The Gabelli approach is to establish long term partnerships utilizing the resources of our organization to facilitate a full cycle of advice and investment in a Merchant Investment Advisory context for your company’s future. In 2017 we formed Gabelli Private Equity Partners (GPEP) with initial funding of $150 million to augment investments in conjunction with broader capital syndication for our clients. GPEP is organized to focus on growth opportunities, leveraged buyouts, and restructurings of small and mid-sized companies. This structure allows for Gabelli Merchant Investment Partners to be creative and nimble with no pre-determined exit time table. We focus on businesses with existing growth potential which through helping improve their capabilities, teaming up portfolio companies for strategic expansions and transforming the businesses through M&A opportunities.

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Investment Criteria

Using our proprietary “Private Market Value with a CatalystTM investment process, Gabelli Private Equity Partners has the following minimum investment criteria:


Our Target Companies:

  1. EBITDA range: $5 million - $15 million;
  2. Domiciled in the U.S. or Canada;
  3. Strong cash flow generating capacity backed by competitive products and/or services with defensible market positions;
  4. Currently undergoing growth, restructuring, ownership/management transition or corporate divestiture;
  5. Control investments with preference to partner with management that will maintain an ongoing equity interest and build value;
  6. Either from corporations, entrepreneurs, families or private equity funds


Our Target Industries:

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Media and Communication
  • Select Financial Services

    Gabelli Private Equity Partners

    Investors benefit from joining the Gabelli partners' industry expertise, M&A deal flow and well-respected investment methodology, to find suitable targets, and provide a path for differentiated corporate growth for the long term

    One Business at a Time