Private Equity Capital for Financial Services


Lightyear is a specialist in financial services, a dynamic and diverse industry representing as much as 20% of the U.S. economy. Financial services is opportunity rich but oft-overlooked: regulatory, tax, accounting, and business model complexities all require expertise. Our knowledge, gained over a decade in financial services, positions Lightyear well to navigate the opportunities of this specialized space.


Our Investment Committee has, on average, invested together at Lightyear for 12 years, worked together for over 15 years, and been in financial services for over 30 years, including in senior operational roles. Having completed over 35 investments since 2000 through its affiliated investment funds, the Lightyear team has extensive experience investing in and managing financial institutions.
Lightyear is deeply embedded in financial services, having invested in the industry for over 15 years through multiple market cycles and environments. We believe our expertise in financial services and its sub-sectors allows Lightyear to quickly identify opportunities and offer resources beyond capital to portfolio companies.

Industry Expertise

Financial services is a large and complex industry, representing approximately 16% of the S&P 500. We use top-down analysis, theme-based research, and our well-established network to drive our sourcing. We view the industry as composed of six sectors and target growth sub-sectors within these six. Within each fund, we strive to create a diversified portfolio.
  • Asset Management
  • Financial Technology
  • Banks
  • Insurance
  • Brokerage
  • Specialty Finance

Creating Value

We believe our extensive experience in the financial services industry helps create value for our portfolio companies and our investors. We strive to work hand-in-hand with management teams and owners to unlock value and create stronger companies. Below are some of the benefits and value drivers Lightyear aims to offer to our portfolio companies.

  • Access to Lightyear Network
  • Transaction Structuring
  • Add-on Acquisition Support
  • Experience in Regulated Environments
  • Operational Improvements
  • Data Analytics and Reporting Enhancements
  • Strengthened Governance
Lightyear Capital Announces Sale of RidgeWorth Investments to Virtus Investment Partners
Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments Complete Purchase of Advisor Group
Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments Agree to Acquire AIG Advisor Group
Lightyear Capital Announces Sale of Clarion Partners to Legg Mason
Lightyear Capital Names Daniel Freyman Managing Director
Lightyear Capital Completes Acquisition of Majority Equity Stake in Pathlight Capital
Lightyear Capital Completes Acquisition Of Majority Equity Stake In Wealth Enhancement Group
Lightyear Capital Completes Sale of Paradigm Acquisition Corp. to Summit Partners
Lightyear Capital Names Martin Sullivan Operating Partner
RidgeWorth Buyout Closes, Becomes Independent Investment Firm
Lightyear Capital Completes Sale of Cetera Financial Group
Lightyear Capital Names Michal Petrzela Managing Director
Lightyear Capital Announces the Sale of Antares Holdings
Lightyear Capital Announces the Sale of Cetera Financial Group
Lightyear Capital Announces Closing of Controlling Investment in Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford
Lightyear Capital Leads Significant Investment in Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford
Lightyear Capital Closes Third Financial Services Buyout Fund
Lightyear Capital Completes Acquisition of the Healthcare Benefit Solutions Business from FIS
Lightyear Capital to Acquire FIS Healthcare Benefit Solutions Business for $335 Million
Lightyear Capital Acquires Control Stake In Paradigm Acquistion Corp.
Lightyear Capital Announces Sale of BakerCorp to Permira
Lightyear Capital Sells Argus Software to Altus Group
Leading Asset Manager ING Clarion Partners In Agreement to Be Acquired by Management Team and Lightyear Capital
Lightyear Capital Completes Sale of Leading Crop Insurer NAU Group
Lightyear Capital Sells Majority Stake in Leading Crop Insurer NAU Group
Lightyear Capital Completes Acquisition of Three Broker-Dealers from the ING Advisors Network
Lightyear Capital to Acquire ING Advisors Network
Lightyear Capital Makes Significant Investment in Higher One Holdings
Lightyear Capital Completes Antares Holdings Transaction
Lightyear Capital Leads Investor Group to Create Antares Holdings
Lightyear Capital Completes Final Closing on Second Financial Services Buyout Fund
Lightyear Fund Completes Acquisition of Baker Tanks
Lightyear Fund To Acquire Baker Tanks
Lightyear Capital Sells Kepler Equities to Landsbanki Íslands. Transaction Valued at €94 Million
The Lightyear Fund Invests in The NAU Group. Investment Positions Crop Insurance Company for Growth
Lightyear Capital Launches New Triple-A Rated Credit Protection Company
Lightyear Capital

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