Colonnade Advises Capital Z on its Acquisition of Portfolio Group

Colonnade Advises Capital Z on its Acquisition of Portfolio Group (1)

June 2016

Lake Forest, CA – Capital Z Partners Management, LLC (“Capital Z”), a New York-based private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Portfolio Group, Inc (“Portfolio” or the “Company”) from Frontenac Company, LLC (“Frontenac”), a Chicago-based private equity firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Lake Forest, CA, and with operations in Dallas, TX, Portfolio is a leading independent provider of finance and insurance products and services to automotive dealers across the country. The Company develops, sells and administers auto dealer extended warranty programs across a full-service product offering including vehicle service contracts, GAP insurance and ancillary products. Management will retain its current roles in day-to-day operations and retain significant ownership.

“We enjoyed strong growth during Frontenac’s ownership as we’ve executed a number of key internal growth initiatives that expanded the Company’s geographic footprint and dealership network, in addition to developing the support functions necessary to facilitate continued expansion” said President and Chief Executive Officer Brent Griggs. “In Capital Z, we have found a future partner who will continue to support our strong growth, knows the insurance markets, and shares our strategic vision.”

Robert Spass, Managing Partner of Capital Z, said, “We know the space well and believe Portfolio is one of the best platforms in the VSC industry. The strength of the management team, their vision for the future and unique business model makes Portfolio well positioned to take advantage of current industry trends. Capital Z is pleased to have reached this agreement and we look forward to partnering with management to take advantage of the significant growth opportunities available.”

Ron Kuehl, Managing Director of Frontenac, said, “Partnering with founder-owned businesses is a core pillar of our strategy and we are delighted in the successful partnership we forged with Brent and Portfolio’s founder Steve Burke. We are confident that management and their new partner Capital Z will continue the strong growth trajectory of the Company.”

About Capital Z

Capital Z is a leading global private equity firm focused exclusively on the financial services industry. Together with its predecessor funds, Capital Z has invested approximately $2.8 billion in over 40 transactions since 1990, including well over $2 billion in the insurance and insurance services sectors alone.

About Frontenac Company

Frontenac is a leading private equity firm, based in Chicago. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the food, industrial, and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with proven operating leaders, through our executive-centric approach called CEO1ST, to identify, acquire, and build market leading companies through transformational acquisitions and operational excellence. The firm has built a leading franchise working with over 225 owners of mid-sized businesses, almost always families or founders, as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit