Founded in 2007, Vida Partners is an independent private equity management firm. While the company is newly set up, Vida’s founding partners have 38 years of combined experience in private equity management.

Presently, Vida manages private equity funds from institutions, corporations and high net worth individuals.

Vida’s founding partners were the pioneering team and senior management of Commerce-Ventures Group, formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bumiputra Commerce Holdings Bhd and now part of the CIMB Group, the second largest financial institution in Malaysia.

Vida Partners brings a wealth of in-depth private equity experience through its partners and investment professionals. The partners pride themselves with a strong track record and team cohesion. Previously, in Commerce-Ventures, the partnershad a successful 10 year track record in investing, realization and fund raising activities. Over the last decade, Commerce-Ventures grew its funds under management from RM15.0 million to RM900 million.

Vida Partners through its experienced continuing team is familiar with the challenges of identifying, nurturing and taking a pro active role in value adding to portfolio companies. The team’s track record is a reflection of their investment discipline, philosophy, passion and motivation for the business.

VIDA’s Experience

Vida Partners brings to you a union of individuals who have a solid track record in the private equity management arena. Over the last 10 years together, the individuals have proven that they have the track record, investment discipline, passion, team stability and cohesion that are mandatory criteria of any investors in the private equity arena.

Vida’s partners, both individually and as a team have acquired and built invaluable experience and knowledge in their previous careers together. This partnership can be viewed as an extension of their careers from Commerce-Ventures.

Between themselves, they managed RM900 million of funds (as of June 2007) in diverse industries i.e. Information Communication Technology, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Consumer and Industrial Services, Education, Healthcare and Agriculture.

Besides their broad industry coverage, they also have the understanding and know-how to manage the challenges of various stages of investments. Stages of investments they made were wide ranging from start-ups to buy-outs. These investments required an amalgamation of approaches and skill sets to manage. They practise a disciplined hands-on investment management approach i.e. functioning together with the entrepreneurs and management of the investee companies in achieving the end and yet not stifling the growth of the relationship, always a delicate balance. They strongly believe that value can only be created or added if comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the business is observed.

Essentially, over the last 10 years together, they have made 87 investments, exited in 34 investments via IPOs, Trade Sales, M&A exercises and Buy Backs. More importantly, they have consistently managed to return a minimum average Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 20% per annum to their investors.

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