Private Equity Funds

Bain Capital

Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private equity investment firms with more than 270 investment professionals and over $50 billion in assets under management may cross its affiliated advisors. Since its founding in 1984, the private equity arm of Bain Capital has raised a total of nine private equity funds and has invested in more than 240 companies.

Starling currently has a holding in Bain Capital Asia with a size of $1 billion and Bain Europe Fund III which has a size of €2.5 billion.

Bc Partners

Operating in Europe and America, the BC Partners is a leading private equity investment group in the large buy-out market. Since its formation in 1986, BC Partners has invested in 66 acquisitions with a total value of €61 billion. Currently, BC Partners advised funds have more than €11 billion under management.

Starling was one of the first limited partners to invest in the initial BC partnership, BCP I and since then has invested in all the successor funds. Starling currently has interests in BC Partners’ active funds, BCP VII and IX.

The Carlyle Group

Carlyle, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is one of the world’s largest private equity firms, managing more than $81.1 billion through sixty different funds.With a team of 575 investment professionals, it makes global investments operating from 21 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East/North Africa and Latin America. Since its inception in 1987, Carlyle has invested $43 billion of equity capital in 774 transactions.

Starling currently holds an interest in Carlyle Asia Fund, Carlyle Asia Partners Fund III, Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity Fund and Carlyle High Yield Fund I.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

One of the oldest and most respected private equity investment firms, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. (CD&R) manages a pool of capital of more than $9 billion on behalf of private equity investors like public and private pension funds, college endowments, private foundations, banks and insurance companies. Since its founding in 1978, CD&R has led investments in 42 businesses, with aggregate transaction value of over $50 billion. It has offices in New York and London.

Starling currently invests in Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund VI, VII, VIII and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund VII Co-investment Fund.

Polaris Venture Partners

With more than $3 billion under management in 90 companies, Polaris Venture Partners is a private equity firm that invests in early stage companies in IT and life sciences, as well as middle market companies in high growth industries such as technology, healthcare and communications. The Polaris team is committed to helping entrepreneurs grow strong businesses by offering early-stage operational and investment expertise as well as providing critical support services. The company has offices in Boston and Seattle.

Starling is an investor in Polaris Venture Partners III, L.P.

Saratoga Capital

Saratoga Capital is a leading private equity firm focusing in growth capital and special-situation investments in Indonesia.

Saratoga Capital was founded in 1998 by Edwin Seoryadjaya and Sandiaga S. Uno. Over the years, they have invested in and transformed multiple businesses into world-class enterprises, instilling the spirit of entrepreneurism, years of operational expertise, financial discipline and good corporate governance in delivering long-term values to all stakeholders.

Starling currently invests in Saratoga Asia III, a USD $490 million fund closed in April, 2012.


SBCVC is a leading professional venture capital firm headquartered in Shanghai, China. It invests in high-tech companies that are in various stages of their life cycles. SBCVC has created collaborations with over 600 technology firms across the United States, Japan, Europe, Latin America and other emerging markets.

Starling is an investor in three of SBCVC’s PE funds namely SBCVC Fund II, SBCVC Fund II Annex, SBCVC Fund III and SBCVC IV.

Origin Partners

Origin Partners is a venture capital investment firm focused on early-stage companies in IT, communications and medical technology. Geographically, it concentrates on opportunities in the Northeast US and Texas.

Starling was one of the first Origin limited partners, having also co-invested with Origin Partners, LP. It currently has a holding in Origin Partners I.

Morgan Stanley

Since 1986, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP) has invested $7 billion of equity capital in private equity funds in over 100 countries. Starling was one of Morgan Stanley’s first limited partner investors, and has participated in co-investment deals with the firm.

In 2004, the management team of MSCP branched out of Morgan Stanley and renamed themselves Metalmark Capital. Starling is a private equity investor in three of Morgan Stanley’s funds namely Morgan Stanley Leveraged Equity Fund II, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Capital Partners IV all of which are managed by Metalmark Capital. In addition, Starling also invests in Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Venture Partners IV, an early-to-later stage VC fund, which continues to be managed by Morgan Stanley.

Avigo Capital

Avigo Capital Partners, an Indian private equity fund manager was formed in Sep 2003 with a focus on Private Equity Investments in the SME sector in India.

The Investment Team at Avigo has a cumulative experience of over 200 years in Private Equity, Investment/Corporate Banking, Consulting, and Operations.

Their philosophy is to be the first institutional investor primarily providing growth capital to fast growing SME companies in the industrial sector in India.

They have built up and demonstrated extensive on-the-ground expertise and experience in building businesses in the growth stage and handling various investment related issues. Avigo is currently investing its third Fund, The Avigo SME Fund III, which had its final closing in June 2010 at USD 240 million.

Starling currently has a holding in Avigo SME Fund III of USD $240.

Vista Equity Partner

Vista was formed in 2000 to pursue buyout transactions of companies in the enterprise software sector. As of December 31, 15 firm has raised over $14 billion in equity capital commitments to the Vista Funds and carried out over 190 transactions representing over $59B in value and deployed $11.8B

Vista has consistently demonstrated an ability to create value through a disciplined investment focus on companies that provide mission-critical software, data and technology-enabled solutions, have attractive recurring revenue attributes and offer opportunities for improvement in their operations.

Vista Equity Partners operates two different types of funds. While the sector focus and strategy of both funds is the same, the main difference is that Vista Equity Partner Funds (VEPF) targets companies with enterprise value above $400 million while Vista Foundation Funds (VFF)
acquires controlling interests in lower middle market and middle-market enterprise software, data and technology-enabled solutions companies with enterprise values generally between $50 million and $400 million.

Starling currently holds an interest in VFF III which has size of $2.5 billion