Compass Partners brings elite experience and focus to help companies seize 21st century opportunities.

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Compass Partners brings elite experience and focus to help companies seize 21st century opportunities.

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Core Principles

Compass Partners brings elite experience and focus to help companies seize 21st century opportunities.

Leveraging an independent sponsor model, we are specifically focused on acquiring platform companies in the Aerospace & Defense and Industrials sectors. We are investors with a family-like emphasis on trust, collaboration, and a passion for excellence. Compass strives to foster partnerships that create enduring value for our investors.

Passion for Excellence.

Our superior execution and ability to solve complex, strategic challenges requires consummate skill, experience, and most importantly, judgment. Compass leverages its multi-faceted industry expertise, unique perspectives, and senior-level access to generate creative solutions for companies facing game-changing opportunities.

Enduring Belief in Humility and Adaptability.

Compass practices humility through both success and failure, treating each day as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve in everything that we do for our investors and our firm. We take pride in constantly challenging the status quo and possess a strong openness to new ideas in an ever-evolving world.

Family-like Emphasis on Trust and Collaboration.

With our client-first mentality, our approach is built on independence, absolute discretion, and conflict-free advice. Compass views collaborative trust as the cornerstone of our familial culture and critical to this outcome. Our team emphasizes internal transparency and mutual respect while encouraging rigorous debate.

Philosophy

Compass is developing a proprietary pipeline of companies to become part of unique 21st century platforms.

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Experienced Team

 
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Strong team with familial culture and ethics
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Prudent Use of Debt

 
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Modest use of debt up to 4x
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Expansive Network

 
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Seasoned expert executives with operational expertise
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Rigorous Risk Assessment

 
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In-depth understanding of investments and associated risk

Criteria

Compass is developing a proprietary pipeline of companies to become part of unique 21st century platforms.

Criteria

Compass is developing a proprietary pipeline of companies to become part of unique 21st century platforms.

  • Companies that serve Aerospace & Defense and Industrial markets
  • Synergy with sector-specific, 21st century themes developed by industry experts
  • Platform companies based in the United States, add-ons considered globally
  • Strong management teams looking to take their company to the next level
  • Robust existing book of business with opportunity to scale and/or make operational improvements
  • EBITDA of $5-50 million for platform companies, no size limit for add-ons

Meet Our Team

Stephen M. Waters

Managing Partner

Radek Kozlowski

Managing Director

James Waters

Chief Of Staff

Orson Clay

Associate

Torey Saager

Office Manager
 

Meet Our Team

Stephen M. Waters

Managing Partner

Steve founded Compass in 1997 and is its Managing Partner.

He assisted in raising and subsequently managed Compass’ successful $900+ million European Equity Fund.  In 2016 that Fund’s team completed a €1.7 billion portfolio purchase of assets from Bridgepoint.

Prior to Compass, Steve ran the Mergers & Acquisitions departments at Lehman Brothers and then Morgan Stanley, and was on the latter’s Operating Committee as Co-CEO of Morgan Stanley International in London.  He was Chairman of the US Naval Institute and remains on its Foundation’s Board, as well as those of Valero and Boston Private Financial, which he chairs.

Steve was a George F. Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, Lieutenant in the US Navy, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College.

Radek Kozlowski

Managing Director

Radek joined Compass in 2015. A mechanical engineer, M&A banker, and industrials specialist, he leads Compass deal teams from sourcing through execution.

Prior to Compass , Radek was an M&A advisor with a number of prominent investment banks in New York and Washington, DC. He also founded a successful M&A advisory firm. Prior to his work in finance he served in technical and management roles with global manufacturers of motion control components.

Radek received his BS Hons. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston and his MBA from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. 

James Waters

Chief of Staff

James joined Compass in 2014. He manages the firm’s investment business and day-to-day operations in addition to leading Compass deal teams from sourcing through execution.

Before joining Compass, James served as a US Navy SEAL platoon commander and as a White House staffer, including a stint at the Office of Management and Budget.

James received his BA cum laude from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.

Orson Clay

Associate

Orson joined Compass in 2018 and supports all aspects of investing execution through sourcing, detailed analysis, and diligence.

Prior to Compass, Orson worked as an investment banking analyst with Wells Fargo Securities in the Corporate Finance Advisory Group where he focused on capital structure and strategic transaction advisory for companies in various industries.

Orson graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Applied Mathematics in 2016.

Torey Saager

Office Manager

Torey joined Compass Partners in 2018.  She is responsible for managing the firm’s office, including HR & Recruiting, Accounting & Administration, and providing support to all team members.

Before joining Compass, Torey worked at Basso Capital Management, providing support to the CEO, Marketing & Investor Relations, Accounting, and Legal & Compliance teams.  She also worked as a conference coordinator in the Global Access group at Jefferies and as an associate at Silicon Valley Bank in Boston.

Torey completed her BA in Communication at Boston College while captaining its Division-1 swim team.

Investment News

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SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

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25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


25,250,000

SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN


Was provided to support the sponsor buyout.

The Fitness Club


News

Compass Partners Acquires Micro Precision

July 29, 2019 STAMFORD, CT Compass Partners Capital LLC ("Compass"), a Stamford-based investment firm, is pleased to announce it has completed the acquisition of Micro Precision, LLC ("MPI" or "the Company"), a critical supplier to the US submarine program. Founded in...

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