VIG Partners, founded in 2005, has comprehensive experience and expertise in the Korean mid-market buyout sector, with successful track records across a diverse range of industries, including financial services, consumer goods, online and mobile commerce, and household appliances.
Since its inception in 2005, VIG Partners has invested approximately $3.0 billion of capital across 27 portfolio companies in Korea, with shareholding control in 24 of these companies.
The firm’s current investments include Preed Life (#1 funeral service provider), Autoplus (leading used car provider), PNC Labs (largest manufacturer of cosmetic facial mask sheets and medical masks), Youyoung (producer of fabric uppers for athletic footwear), Foodist (nationwide food wholesaler), Bonchon (global franchisor operating Korean fried chicken and fast casual dining restaurants), D.Share (leading online + offline education platform), The Skin Factory (fast-growing household and personal care company), BioEnergyFarmAsan (largest private waste-to-energy facility operator), FASSTO (fast-growing fulfillment service provider), Teazen (leading tea-based health drinks company), SMARTSCORE (#1 golf service platform company), and EastarJet (Korean low-cost carrier airline).
“VIG Partners is
the leading private equity firm in Korea
focusing on mid-market buyouts.”
VIG Partners has formulated and has been implementing a successful strategy of executing proprietary, control transactions in the Korean mid-market segment at disciplined entry multiples with well-prepared value up initiatives.
VIG Partners aims to create an exceptional return for investors by taking control in companies with strong fundamentals and actively engaging in creating value through hands on management.
VIG Partners has developed its investment strategy over the past 18 years, having been active in the Korean private equity market since its formation in 2005, and has demonstrated the ability to execute control-oriented investments with proven value creation capabilities.
“VIG Partners has formed and executed
a robust, repeatable investment strategy based on
its extensive experience in Korea”
VIG Partners’ investment philosophy is characterized by thorough “top-down” market research that allows the firm to identify industries and companies that are resilient to short-term market moves with long-term growth potential, and a hands-on approach to creating value through active involvement in managing its investments.
This investment strategy allows VIG Partners to source and execute investment opportunities in medium-sized, typically chaebol group carved-out businesses or founder-owned and operated businesses, and help these businesses achieve accelerated growth by providing capital and hands on operating support. It also allows VIG Partners to uncover “hidden jewels” - undermanaged mid-sized businesses or non-core assets in large conglomerates - and helping these companies reach their potential through focused management, proper incentivization and clear strategic objectives.
“VIG Partners aims to
invest in companies with strong fundamentals
and actively engage in their management
to create value.”
J. Jason Shin