Lead Left Interview – Mark MacTavish

This week we chat with Mark MacTavish, a Managing Director at ONCAP, which is the dedicated middle market private equity platform of Onex Corporation. Onex was founded in 1984 and manages approximately $24 billion in assets, principally through two private equity platforms, in which each Onex is the largest investor. In November 2016, ONCAP raised ONCAP IV, a $1.1 billion fund and seeks to invest $50 to $200 million for control or substantial minority ownership positions in North American headquartered businesses which generate EBITDA in excess of $15 mm across a broad range of industries.

Mark joined ONCAP at its inception in January 2000 in Toronto and relocated to New York in 2017. Mark oversees ONCAP’s U.S. office and leads ONCAP’s origination and due diligence and portfolio company efforts in the Consumer sector including Consumer Products, Food & Beverage, and Specialty Retail.

The Lead Left: Mark, thanks for making time for us today. Tell us about what’s going on at ONCAP.

Mark MacTavish: In the 18 years since inception, we’ve invested in 21 platform businesses and completed over 120 add-on acquisitions. In late 2016 we closed Fund IV at $1.1 billion and in early 2017 we opened on office in New York to establish ONCAP’s physical presence in the U.S. I should clarify, however, that we have been investing in U.S. headquartered businesses since 2000. 2017 has been another very busy year for ONCAP as we worked with our management partners to continue to grow our 10 current platform businesses and we are hopeful we’ll complete at least one more platform acquisition by the end of the year.

TLL: How has ONCAP evolved over time?

MM: ONCAP was created by Onex Corporation in 1999 to continue Onex’s success in the middle market as Onex Corporation moved to larger transactions. ONCAP’s first fund was a C$400 million fund and was initially managed by four investing professionals based Toronto – all of whom are still with ONCAP today. Our second fund, a C$574 million fund, was closed in 2006 and our third, a C$800 million fund, was raised in September 2011. Today, our team managing Fund IV is comprised of 21 investment professionals across two offices in Toronto and New York.