WAYNE, PA — Guardian Capital Partners), a lower middle-market private equity firm managing over $600 million in regulatory assets under management, announced that it has named Christopher Fugaro as a Partner.
Mr. Fugaro joined Guardian in 2010 as an execution investment professional, taking an active role in several Guardian portfolio companies. As Guardian expanded, Mr. Fugaro created and implemented the firm’s deal origination strategy. Peter Haabestad, Co-Founder of Guardian said, “We realized in the early days of forming Guardian we needed a deal professional dedicated to building the Guardian brand, maintaining external relationships with a broad spectrum of deal source providers and business owners, and continuing to evolve our deal sourcing capabilities. Chris stepped up in this role enabling Guardian to further differentiate itself in the lower middle market.”
Since joining Guardian, Mr. Fugaro has directly sourced 13 investments, including both platform and add-on investments, representing approximately $185 million of invested equity for Guardian and its co-investors. Today Mr. Fugaro oversees all platform and add-on investment deal sourcing strategies for the firm.
Scott Evans, Co-Founder of Guardian added, “competition to source high-quality deals has always been fierce and the current COVID restrictions have only highlighted the value of a formal deal sourcing strategy. The deal sourcing engine and long-term relationships Chris has established for the firm continue to yield actionable deals in sectors where we want to put dollars to work during the current challenging environment.”
“This is a well-earned advancement for Fugaro, given his leadership and commitment to the success of Guardian and its limited partners and other key stakeholders.”
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