Egis Capital Partners has hired Bill Polk as a new Managing Partner. Mr. Polk has more than 25 years of debt and equity investment experience and has been involved in more than $6 billion of middle-market security financing transactions. He will be responsible for origination and fundraising at Egis.
Prior to joining Egis Capital Partners, Mr. Polk served as Managing Director of the Security, Defense, and Technology Finance practice at Capital One where he and his team provided financing to companies who protect life, property, and information serving the commercial, residential, and government security markets. Particular areas of Mr. Polk’s focus include physical security products and services, information security, public safety and corrections, the national intelligence contracting community, and the federal, state and local homeland security marketplace. Prior to joining Capital One, Mr. Polk served as Managing Director of CapitalSource Finance’s Security Lending Group and served on CapitalSource’s Executive Committee. Before his tenure at CapitalSource, Mr. Polk was a co-founder and President of SLP Capital, a specialty finance company focused on security industry lending which was acquired by CapitalSource in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
“Bill is a rare individual who has significant capabilities in business strategy and M&A — and a deep understanding of the security industry. His breadth of skills, experience and insight will be extremely valuable in helping our firm achieve superior returns,” said Robert Chefitz, Managing Partner of Egis. “I also know that Bill and his colleagues at Capital One have been incredibly active in the security space over the past two years and we look forward to working closely with them as we target new opportunities.”
Egis Capital Partners is focused on middle-market buyout and late-stage growth investments in the security & homeland defense sector. Egis targets companies primarily located in North America with enterprise values ranging between $30 million and $200 million that require a total investment between $10 million and $40 million. Egis Capital Partners was founded by Robert Chefitz in 2007. The firm is based in New York (www.egiscapitalpartners.com).
“The global security business is now a $250 billion industry being shaped by very powerful market forces. In certain respects, the industry today is almost unrecognizable from the one I entered more than 20 years ago,” said Mr. Polk. “The developments that have taken place the past eight to 10 years have opened up immense opportunities for firms like Egis. I am thrilled to be joining Robert and starting this new chapter in my investment career.”
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