The GIL Approach

Who or What is GIL?

GIL Investments is a UK-based private investment firm which acquires controlling stakes in businesses and aims to support their growth over the long term. We currently manage thirteen investments within our portfolio across a variety of sectors and geographies.

Since GIL’s formation in 1991 the team has worked with existing management teams in buy-outs from larger groups, acted as a responsible partner in family businesses involved in retirement sales and assisted in distressed or turnaround scenarios. Our personnel and current portfolio reflects this variety and flexibility of approach. Investment is predominantly made into manufacturing or distribution businesses, typically in partnership with management, and always with a long-term view of the success of that investment.

The GIL team of Investment Directors has managed investments including a FTSE350 infrastructure products group, a construction group which built the Severn Bridge, the largest fireworks manufacturer in the UK and a leading Tier One automotive components manufacturer.

What makes GIL different?

We are privately funded and as such do not suffer from many of the constraints associated with private equity houses. In particular we do not have a specific time horizon for exiting our investments and seek to help management teams build equity value, both for themselves and for us, over the long term.

We are proud of our twenty five-year track record of providing entrepreneurial management teams with the opportunity to make a fresh start and to develop the potential of their businesses and are always interested in new investment opportunities.

We aim to support our investments with pragmatic, straightforward advice and see ourselves as long-term partners for good management teams.

How does this help in constructing a deal?

Our funding structure enables us to be particularly flexible when developing a solution to meet all parties’ requirements. Where speed is of the essence the small size of our investment/funding team enables us to make decisions very quickly.

Typical opportunities will include management buyouts and buy-ins, restructurings, turnarounds and complex corporate carve outs but we will look at any situation where a change of ownership is an option.

What types of business does GIL acquire?

Our target businesses will typically be headquartered in Europe and be involved in sectors classified as ‘General Industrials’, ‘Distribution’, ‘Manufacturing’ or ‘Support Services’ but we will consider opportunities in established businesses across most sectors.

In addition to new investment opportunities we are always interested in evaluating bolt-on opportunities for existing portfolio companies.

For more details on our portfolio please click here