FranVestors lists private equity firms that own or have owned franchisors.  To learn more about any private equity firm below, including their approach to owning portfolio companies, click on their name and you will be directed to their webpage.

Many of these private equity firms have an active interest in buying and/or selling franchisors.  You are encouraged to visit their websites.

3G Capital
Burger King, Popeyes, Tim Hortons

ACI Capital
Hollywood Tans, Qdoba Mexican Grill

ACON Investments
Acon Franchise Holdings, Peter Piper Pizza, Spirit Halloween

Advent International
Bojangles’, First Watch, Party City, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Altaris Capital
Senior Helpers

American Securities
Caribbean Restaurants, Childtime Learning Center, El Pollo Loco, Montessori Unlimited, Oreck, Potbelly, Tutor Time

Altamont Capital Partners
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Byrider, Cotton Patch Cafe, Excel Fitness,

Angelo Gordon & Co.
Benihana, Crunch Fitness, White Hen Pantry

Apax Partners
America’s Swimming Pool Company, Authority Brands, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, CareGivers, Homewatch, Mister Sparky, Monster Tree Service, Mosquito Squad, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Takko

Carl’s Jr., CENTURY 21 ,Chuck E. Cheese, Claire’s, Coldwell Banker, ERA, GNC, Hardee’s, Sotheby’s

Ares Capital Corporation
Aero-Colours, Aire Serv, AAMCO Transmission, AutoQual, Curves, Cottman Transmissions, Drive N Style, Econo Lube, Glass Doctor, GNC, Ground Guys,Huddle House, Jenny C. Acquisition Inc, Leviathan Holdings, Maaco, Massage Envy, Meineke, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, Papa Murphy’s, Primrose Schools, Rainbow, Synergy Homecare

Church’s, Caribou Coffee, PODS

Argonne Capital Group
Applebees, IHOP, Krystal,Lube Stop, On The Border, Planet Fitness, Stevi B’s, Sonnys BBQ

Argosy Private Equity
AmBath, American Huts, Great Clips, Keystone Retaining Wall Systems, Million Air, ReBath, Rita’s

Arlon Group
Cici’s Pizza

Atalaya Capital Management

Axum Capital Partners
Back Yard Burgers, Wild Wing Café

Balmoral Funds

Bain Capital Private Equity
Baskin-Robbins, Bonefish Grill, Domino’s (Japan), Dunkin’ Donuts, Gymboree (China), Outback Steakhouse, Retail Zoo

BIP Capital
Tropical Smoothie Café

Boxwood Partners
AdvantaClean, Authority Brands, Color World, DoodyCalls, Dryer Vent Wizard, Fastest Labs, Franchise Fast Lane, Junk King, Koala Insulation, Hand & Stone, Monster Tree Service, Mr. Rooter, Mr. Electric, Outdoor Living Brands, Redbox+, Service Team of Professionals, ShelfGenie, Sir Grout, SMARTBOX, Stretch Zone, Superior Fence, SweetFrog, The Grout Medic, The Junkluggers, Two Maids,

Brentwood Associates
Blaze Pizza, Chicken Salad Chick, Hissho Sushi, Orangetheory, Lazy Dog

Bridgepoint Capital
Burger King, Fat Face

Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc.
Gold’s Gym

Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. LLC
Au Bon Pain, Bravo Brio, California Pizza Kitchen, Corner Bakery Café, El Torito, Eos Fitness, Logan’s Roadhouse, Real Mex Restaurants, Ruth’s Chris, 2A Thrift Superstore

Capital Growth Advisors
Stevi B’s Pizza, The Burger Joint

Castle Harlan, Inc.
Burger King, Marie Callender, Perkins

Catterton Partners
Baja Fresh, Build-A-Bear, Caribou Coffee, Cheddar’s, Edible Arrangements, First Watch, LTP Home Services Group, Noodles & Company, Pure Barre, Uncle Julios

Centerbridge Partners
Culligan, Gordon Biersch, Old Chicago P.F. Chang’s, Rock Bottom

Centre Partners Management
Buca di Beppo, Captain D’s, Johnny Rockets, Muzak, Pizzeria Uno

Centre Lane Partners
Coverall, Saladworks

Center Oak Partners
Cheddar’s, Wetzel’s Pretzels

Champlain Capital Partners

Charlesbank Capital Partners
Captain D’s, Del Taco, Papa Murphy’s, The Princeton Review, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tire Pros, Vision Source

CIC Partners
Red Mango

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
AmeriSpec, Culligan, Furniture Medic, Hertz, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Terminix, TruGreen,

Cohesive Capital Partners
Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, The Grounds Guys, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, Party City, Rainbow

Eagle Merchant Partners
Caribou Coffee, Chicken Salad Chick, Church’s, Krystal, Pods

Edison Ventures
Liberty Tax

Emigrant Capital

Enhanced Equity Funds
Elements Massage, Fitness Together

Evolve Capital
Comfort Keepers

Fairmont Capital
Baker’s Square, Expressions Furniture, Village Inn

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Fionn MacCool’s

Falfurrias Capital Partners

Falcon Investment Advisors
Dent Wizard, The Princeton Review

Falconhead Capital

Franchise Group
Sylvan Learnig

Freeman Spogli
Batteries Plus, Camp BowWow, El Pollo Loco, First Watch, Piggly Wiggly, Popeyes

Freidman, Fleischer & Lowe
Church’s Chicken

FundCorp Inc.
Gatti’s Pizza, Gigi’s Cupcakes

Gala Capital Partners

Gart Capital Partners

Gemini Investors
Buffalo Wild Wings, Cool Cuts 4 Kids, Disaster Kleenup (DKI), Garbanzo, PrimerGarage, Wingstop

Golden Gate Capital
California Pizza Kitchen, Macaroni Grill, On the Border, Payless, Red Lobster

Goldman Sachs
Burger King, Del Taco, Hyatt Hotels

Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison
Baker’s Square, Houlihan’s, Village Inn

Graham Partners

Great Hill Partners
Passport Health

The Halifax Group
Animal Supply Co., Interim Healthcare, Meineke, Pirtek

Hancock Park Associates
Gordon Biersch

Harvest Partners
AutoQual, Aero- Colours, Drive N Style, Dwyer Group, Econo Lube, Maaco, Meineke

H.I.G. Capital
Dent Wizard, Ideal Image,Hooters, Vision Source

High Bluff Capital Partners

Highland Capital

Holding Capital Group
Nevada Bob’s

Incline Equity Partners
Jan-Pro, Maid Right, Intelligent Office

Investors Management Corporation
Golden Corral, Fleetfeet, IKOR, Right at Home

Irving Place Capital
Pet Supplies Plus, The Vitamin Shoppe

Jefferies Capital Partners
Au Bon Pain, California Pizza Kitchen, Chevys, Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana

J.H. Whitney
Brick House Tavern & Tap, Joe’s Crab Shack, Romano’s Macaroni Grill

JM Family Enterprises
AdvantaClean, Budget Blinds, Concrete Craft, Tailored Living

JPB Capital Partners
Baja Fresh, Kenny Rogers Roasters, La Madeleine, The Green Turtle, ZIPS Dry Cleaners

Habit Burger, Hooters, Marie Callender’s, Sprinkles

Kelso & Company
Logan’s Roadhouse

Kinderhook Industries
bd’s Mongolian Grill


KSL Capital Partners
Elements, Fit 36, Fitness Together

Larsen Maccoll Partners
Burger & Beer

Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
Captain D’s, Del Taco, Topshop

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Bluebird Care, Cici’s Pizza, FASTSIGNS, Great American Cookies, Hand and Stone, Interim HealthCare, Just Better Care, Lawn Doctor, Marble Slab Creamery, MaggieMoo’s, Mountain Mike’s, Pretzelmaker, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Senior Helpers, The Athlete’s Foot, Tropical Smoothies, Wetzel’s Pretzels

Lee Equity Partners
Papa Murphy’s

LightBay Capital
Boardroom Salon For Men, Camp BowWow, FastSigns, NerdsToGo, MY SALON Suite, Salon Plaza

Linden Capital
Vital Care

Lindsay Goldberg LLC
Value Place

LNK Partners
Au Bon Pain

Lone Star Funds
Lone Star Steakhouse, Shoney’s

Madison Dearborn Partners
La Fitness, Ruth’s Chris, Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical

Mainsail Partners
Togo’s, The Bar Method

Pinkberry, Potbelly

MidOcean Partners
Full Speed Automotive, Lynx Franchising

Mill Road Capital
Destination Maternity

Millstone Capital Advisors
Lion’s Choice

Mistral Equity Partners
Jamba Juice

Morgan Joseph TriArtisan
TGI Friday’s

MVP Capital Partners
A Pea in the Pod, Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity, Saxby’s Coffee, Swiss Farms

Nimes Capital

North Castle Partners
Curves, Jenny Craig

NRD Capital
Frisch’s, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Ruby Tuesday

Oak Hill Capital Partners
Checkers, Rally’s

Oak Investment Partners
Baja Fresh, Caribou Coffee, Cheddar’s, Jamba Juice, Potbelly

One Equity Partners
Travel Leaders

Onex Corporation
CiCi’s Pizza

Palladium Equity Partners
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Pronto Insurance, Rock N’ Jump, Taco Bueno, Sky Zone

Palm Beach Capital
Cruise Planners

Parallel Investment Partners
The Children’s Place

Timothy’s Coffee, Pet Valu

Pharos Capital Group, LLC
Back Yard Burgers

Pine Tree Equity Partners
Fast-Fix, Lady of America

Platinum Equity

PNC Riverarch Capital
The Cleaning Authority

Pouschine Cook Capital Management
Fantastic Sams, Griswold Special Care

Praesidian Capital Partners
Planet Fitness

Princeton Equity Partners
Bio-One, Bluefrog Plumbing and Drain, Card My Yard, D1 Training, European Wax Centers, Five Star Bath Solutions, Gotcha Covered, Massage Envy, Medspa 810, 1-800 Packouts, PIRTEK, Restoration Water Damage Experts, Stretch Zone, Strickland Brothers, UrbanAir Adventure Park,

Prospect Capital Corporation
Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon. Coverall, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s

PWP Growth Equity Fund
Black Bear Diner, MOD Pizza

Rimrock Partners
Macaroni Grill

Riverside Company
AIA Corporation, Aire Serv, Best Life Brands, Bishops Cut/Color, CMIT Solutions, ComForCare, Eversmith Brands, Evive Brands, Five Star Painting, Glass Doctor, It’s Just Lunch, MaidPro, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, Neighborly, Rainbow International, Retail Zoo, The Dwyer Group, The Ground Guys, Threshold Brands, U.S. Lawns, Wiz Korea

Roark Capital Group
1-800- Radiator, ABRA, Aero-Colours, Anytime Fitness, Arby’s, ATI, Auntie Anne’s, AutoQual, Basecamp Fitness, Baskin Robbins, Batteries Plus, Bosley’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, CARSTAR, Carvel, Carl’s Jr, Cheesecake Factory, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cinnabon, CKE Restaurants, Culver’s, Drive N Style, Driven Brands, Dunkin’ Donuts, Drybar, Econo Lube, Fastsigns, Fitness Connection, Flower Child, Focus Brands, Hardees, i9 Sports, Inspire Brands, Installation Made Easy, International Car Wash Group, Jamba, Jimmy John’s, Jim N’ Nicks BBQ, KE Camps, Maaco, Massage Envy, Mathnasium, McAlister’s Deli, Meineke, Merry Maids, Merlin, Millers Ale House, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Money Mailer, North Italia, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Orangetheory Fitness, Pet Valu, Pet Supermarket, Primrose Schools, Pro Oil Change, School of Rock, Schlotzky’s, Seattle’s Best, Self Esteem Brands, ServiceMaster, SONIC Drive Ins, Streamline Brands, Subway, Take 5 Oil Change, The Bar Method, Two Men and A Truck, U.S. Baseball Academy, U.S. Sports Camps, UNIBAN, Waxing the City, Wingstop, Youth Enrichment Brands

RockPort Capital Partners
Solar Universe

Rosser Capital
Au Bon Pain, California Pizza Kitchen, Chevy’s, Corner Bakery, Golden Corral, Il Fornaio, Logan’s Roadhouse, Rax, Ruth’s Chris, Steak & Ale

Seidler Equity Partners
Sylvan Learning

Sentinel Capital Partners
Checkers, Cottman, Fazoli’s, Huddle House, Interim Healthcare, Massage Envy, Newk’s, Pet Supplies Plus, TGI Friday’s, Tony Roma’s, Vital Care

Serent Capital
C2 Educational Systems

Sorenson Capital

Starboard Capital Partners
Jan-Pro, Sonic

Starwood Capital
Four Points, Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, Westin

Sterling Partners
School of Rock, Sylvan Learning

Stone Goff Investors
Greene Turtle

Stonehenge Partners, Inc.

Summit Partners
Home Care Assistance, Round Table Pizza, Snap Fitness

Sun Capital Partners
Bar Louie, Bruegger’s, Captain D’s, Fazoli’s, Friendly’s, Johnny Rockets,  Real Mex Restaurants, Souper Salad

TA Associates
Cath Kidston, Dr Lal PathLabs, Jenny Craig

The Carlyle Group
Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, Hertz, Mrs. Fields, TCBY

The Gladstone Companies
B-Dry, It’s Just Lunch

Thomas H. Lee Partners
Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, Party City

Burger King, Club Pilates, Taco Bueno

Transition Capital Partners
Comfort Keepers

Tregaron Capital
BounceU, Pump It Up

Trilantic Capital Partners
Budget Blinds, Concrete Craft, Home Concepts, Tailored Living

Trimaran Capital
El Pollo Loco

DirectBuy, Herbal Magic, Lady of America

True North Companies
Passport Health

TSG Consumer Partners
Planet Fitness

TZP Group
Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, Rainbow International,Snap Fitness, The Ground Guys

Twin Bridge Capital Partners
AeroColours, AutoQual, DrivenStyle, Econo Lube n’ Tune, Maaco, Meineke

TriArtisan Capital Partners
Clair’s, P.F. Chang’s, TGI Friday’s

Univest Group
Pollo Campero

Vintage Capital Management

Vulcan Capital
AeroColours, AutoQual, DrivenStyle, Econo Lube n’ Tune, Maaco, Meineke

Webster Capital
Comfort Keepers, Jan-Pro, ReBath

Wellspring Capital Management

Weston Presidio
Jimmy John’s, Party City, RE/MAX

Wind River Holdings
The Goddard School

Z Capital
Chevys, Mrs. Fields, TCBY