PE  Perseus

     Office Locations:

2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20006



  • Middle Market



  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Perseus is a merchant bank and private equity fund management company headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in New York and an associated advisory firm in Munich. Perseus has invested in numerous growth equity, turnaround, and buyout transactions in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. Perseus manages seven private equity funds and makes control equity investments in middle market companies that offer opportunities for value creation and enhancement. Since its inception in 1995, Perseus has made investments in more than 60 portfolio companies in a wide variety of industries in which Perseus and its principals have expertise, including energy, environmental, and engineering technologies; healthcare; and branded consumer products. Perseus has raised more than $1.6 billion in capital commitments. Perseus Partners VII, L.P., which was established in 2006, is a $602 million fund focused on control investments in middle market growth equity transactions principally in the energy, environmental, and engineering technology, healthcare, and branded consumer products sectors. This fund has been fully committed or reserved. Perseus also co-manages a $449 million fund that invests exclusively in life sciences companies. Growth equity and turnaround investing have been core investment focuses of Perseus since inception, supplemented by occasional opportunistic leveraged buyouts when supported by appropriate market conditions. After Perseus' Chairman Frank Pearl died in 2013, lawsuits were filed by major banks that had extended him loans, and Perseus itself alleged fraud.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Anjali V. Jolly Managing Director
    Christopher J. Davis Senior Managing Director
    J.T. Mauk Managing Director
    James A. Johnson Vice Chairman
    John C. Fox Senior Managing Director


    Portfolio companies include:

      Ascenta Therapeutics
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      Baumot AG
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      Beacon Power
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      BPL Global
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      Cardiac Science
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      Chroma Energy
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      Clean Energy Fuels
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      Distributed Energy Systems
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      Established Brands
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      Evergreen Solar
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      Fisk Electric Company
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      Ilex Oncology
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      ImageWare Systems
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      Iridian Technologies
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      Kokua Communications
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      Live Picture
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      Nexus Energyguide
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      The Harvill Press
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