Statement on the Sale of Sacramento Kings Ownership Stakes to Arctos Sports Partners

September 30, 2021

Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento Kings released the following statement from Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé and Arctos Sports Partners on the sale of ownership stakes. Ranadivé and Arctos Sports Partners have officially bought the shares of former owners Mark Friedman, Brad Jenkins, Mark Mastrov, Andy Miller and Kevin Nagle.

“We are tremendously thankful to Mark Friedman, Brad Jenkins, Mark Mastrov, Andy Miller and Kevin Nagle for their transformational investment in our franchise,” said Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “They have been instrumental in our vision for the organization and their commitment made it possible for the team to stay where it belongs – in Sacramento. We are excited to welcome Arctos Sports Partners to the franchise and look forward to continuing to make Sacramento Proud.”

Arctos Sports Partners works with world-class franchises and visionary ownership groups across the professional sports ecosystem with an emphasis on creating value through sport-specific operational expertise. The deal is Arctos’ second investment in the NBA since January of this year, when the league began allowing private equity investments in franchises.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Vivek Ranadivé and the rest of the Kings’ world-class leadership team,” said Arctos Founder and Managing Partner Ian Charles. “We believe the Kings franchise has a compelling growth trajectory and vision that our capital and resources can help accelerate, making Arctos an ideal partner to enable investment and spur continued expansion.

The Kings have long pushed the boundaries of digital innovation across the franchise and use groundbreaking technologies to experiment with new ways for fans to experience the game inside and outside the arena. The continuing investment in innovation allows for the Kings to remain on the cutting edge, deliver value to fans, and increase the opportunity for long-term value.

“Vivek has long been a true innovator with a deep commitment to the Sacramento community,” said Arctos Founder and Managing Partner Doc O’Connor. “We are thrilled to join such a talented and dedicated organization to continue to grow the franchise and invest in the local community.”

Contacts

Arctos Media Relations media@arctospartners.com.

Kari Ida kida@kings.com

Arctos Sports Partners Welcomes Robyn Sacks Slutzky as Partner

April 5, 2021

DALLAS — Arctos Sports Partners, the first private investment platform dedicated to providing growth capital and liquidity solutions to professional sports franchise owners in major North American leagues and European soccer, today welcomed Robyn Sacks Slutzky as a Partner and Head of Capital Solutions. Robyn will lead Arctos’ investor relations and capital raising activities, investment strategy, and overall firm governance.

Prior to joining Arctos, Slutzky served as co-Head of Private Equity Due Diligence for JPMorgan’s Private bank, where she led a team that sourced and oversaw more than $40 billion in client commitments. Previously, she was a private equity investor at Prudential Financial. In addition to her extraordinary career as an investor, Slutzky led and contributed to several major diversity and inclusion initiatives at JPMorgan as a founder and chair of the Solutions Women’s Network, which focused on building inclusive cultures where women can thrive.

“Robyn has been my friend and a frequent strategic investment partner for almost fifteen years,” said Arctos founder and Managing Partner Ian Charles. “She is one of the most rigorous and thoughtful private equity portfolio managers in the industry. Her ability to bring an analytical, ‘thought partner’ approach to our Capital Solutions function is going to be a tremendous asset to our firm and our investors.”

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Robyn’s caliber, experience, and character joining us at Arctos,” said Managing Partner David “Doc” O’Connor. “Robyn is a proven builder, leader, and diversity champion and we are fortunate to have her as a Partner. Her impact and influence can already be felt at Arctos and she’s only just begun.”

“Arctos has an opportunity to pioneer and innovate at an important time in the history of sports ownership,” said Slutzky. “Departing JPMorgan was not an easy decision—I’ve been privileged to work alongside an outstanding group of people on truly impactful work. I am excited to join Arctos and build a firm alongside a leadership team I have so much conviction in.”

About Arctos

Arctos Sports Partners works with owners and leagues across professional sports to increase liquidity and financial flexibility for ownership groups. With a focus that spans the professional sports ecosystem and places an emphasis on creating value through sport-specific operational expertise, Arctos is uniquely positioned to execute this strategy on behalf of institutional investors while supporting sports owners and leagues. Led by longtime executives and investors Ian Charles and David O’Connor, Arctos is positioned to execute deals across all major sports leagues.

 

Contacts

Arctos Media Relations media@arctospartners.com.

Theo Epstein Joins Arctos Sports Partners as Executive-in-Residence

February 1, 2021

History-Making Baseball Executive Brings Leadership and Analytics Expertise To Ascendant Sports Franchise Investment Platform

DALLAS —Arctos Sports Partners (“Arctos”), the first private investment platform dedicated to providing growth capital and liquidity solutions to professional sports franchise owners in major North American leagues and European soccer, today announced that Theo Epstein has joined the firm as an Executive-in-Residence. Epstein will focus on launching new initiatives for the firm as well as bringing his nearly three decades of experience in sports operations, leadership and analytics to identify opportunities and unlock value for institutional investors, professional sports organizations and partners across the professional sports ecosystem.

“Theo will bring extraordinary value and an unrivaled perspective to Arctos,” said Arctos Managing Partner Ian Charles. “His experience driving organizational excellence and building winning cultures will be a priceless resource for us and our partners. Theo brings a deep understanding of virtually every aspect of sports management, and an undisputed track record of success at the highest levels.”

During his nearly 30 years in Major League Baseball, Epstein was the architect of three championship teams, famously breaking two of the longest championship droughts in all of professional sports while leading the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to World Series titles. He is widely credited with building winning cultures that emanate across all levels of the organization, and was at the forefront of baseball’s data analytics revolution. In his role as Executive-in-Residence at Arctos, Epstein will be involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment operations including sourcing, underwriting, diligence, and new product development.

“I have known Theo for more than 15 years, and the Theo I know is much more than just a baseball guy,” said David “Doc” O’Connor, Managing Partner at Arctos. “Theo is a builder, an analytical thinker, an innovator, a manager of executives and talent who gets results. He’s a leader, a winner.”

“Arctos has such a brilliant mission and such unique expertise that in just over a year of existence, the firm has already started to reshape the sports landscape for the better,” said Theo Epstein. “I’m excited to explore all the ways we can partner to bring new opportunities, creative solutions and real value to professional sports franchises and leagues.”

Arctos’ investment expertise, coupled with its focus exclusively on the professional sports ecosystem, provides institutional investors with access to a new market while giving owners options for increased liquidity and structured growth capital solutions as a passive, but value- added partner

About Arctos

Arctos Sports Partners works with owners and leagues across professional sports to increase liquidity and financial flexibility for ownership groups. With a focus that spans the professional sports ecosystem and places an emphasis on creating value through sport-specific operational expertise, Arctos is uniquely positioned to execute this strategy on behalf of institutional investors while supporting sports owners and leagues. Led by longtime executives and investors Ian Charles and David O’Connor, Arctos is positioned to execute deals across all major sports leagues.

Contacts

Arctos Media Relations media@arctospartners.com

Arctos Sports Partners Announces the Addition of Six New Team Members

August 18, 2020

Firm’s Investment and Operations Team Supplemented with Six Accomplished Professionals

Arctos Sports Partners today announced the addition of six new team members, including four members of the investment team and a senior member of the finance and operations group.  These new additions will be key to Arctos’ growth and responsible for sourcing, transaction evaluation, execution, financial reporting and logistics.

“These talented and experienced professionals bolster our already deep capabilities and bring exceptional investing acumen and knowledge from their experiences at leading investment and financial services firms” said Ian Charles, Arctos Managing Partner.

“We are thrilled to have added to the character and depth of our firm and truly believe these new team members to be invaluable resources as we continue to grow our platform” said Doc O’Connor, Arctos Managing Partner.

Arctos’ newest team members bring with them a wealth of knowledge from prior experiences at prominent firms including Goldman Sachs, HarbourVest, MSD Partners, TPG Global, Fortress, Golub Capital, Morgan Stanley, EnCap Investments and PJT Partners.  New members of the Arctos team include:

  • Alastair Seaman, Director, joins from Goldman Sachs’ Vintage Funds investment team
  • Larissa Wall, Controller, joins from Fortress Group and TPG Global
  • Forrest Richmond, Senior Associate, joins from HarbourVest Partners and BAML
  • Melissa Kelly, Associate, joins from Golub Capital and Morgan Stanley
  • Daniel Lewis, Associate, joins from MSD Partners and PJT Partners
  • Amanda Del Biaggio, Executive Assistant, joins from EnCap Investments

Detailed information about the new members of the Arctos’ team additions can be found below.

About Arctos Sports Partners

Arctos Sports Partners is an investment platform focused on acquiring passive minority stakes in professional sports franchises as well as providing thoughtful liquidity and structured growth capital solutions to sports franchise control owners and governors.  The management team has significant experience and expertise across the media, sports, technology, and alternative asset industries.  Arctos is a U.S.-based firm with offices in New York and Dallas. For more information, visit www.arctospartners.com.

 

Contact

Ian H. Charles, Managing Partner

ian.charles@arctospartners.com

 

David J. O’Connor, Managing Partner

doc.oconnor@arctospartners.com

 

New Additions to the Arctos Sports Partners Team

Alastair Seaman joins Arctos as a Director responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, and management of investments.  Prior to joining Arctos, Mr. Seaman was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he served as a member of the Vintage Funds investment team within Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  While at Goldman, Mr. Seaman executed transactions ranging from direct secondaries and special situations opportunities to more traditional secondary investments.  Prior to joining Goldman, Mr. Seaman was a Senior Associate in the London office of HarbourVest Partners, where he served as a member of the Secondary Investment Group. Mr. Seaman joined HarbourVest from EPIC Private Equity, an independent private equity firm focused on growth, buyout, and special situations investments in UK-based small and medium-sized companies.  Mr. Seaman started his career at SVG Capital, an international private equity investor and fund management business that was listed on the London Stock Exchange prior to the sale of its investment portfolio to HarbourVest. Mr. Seaman received an MA from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from Columbia Business School, graduating with Dean’s Honors and Distinction, and is a CFA Charterholder.

 

Larissa Wall joins Arctos as a Controller responsible for the financial reporting aspects of the firm and its affiliates.  Prior to joining Arctos, Ms. Wall was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group, a global investment manager.  At Fortress, Ms. Wall managed accounting on a real estate fund and oversaw an accounting team for multiple legacy and new funds. Prior to Fortress, Ms. Wall was the Assistant Corporate Controller at Mount Kellett Capital Management, a multi-strategy investment firm where she was instrumental in transitioning accounting functions to the Texas office as well as modernizing their accounts payable system.  Prior to Mount Kellett, Ms. Wall was a Senior Associate at TPG Global, a leading global private investment firm, and a Senior Audit Associate at Ernst & Young. Ms. Wall graduated from Texas A&M University Mays Business School Professional Program of Accounting, Business Honors with an M.S. in Finance, B.B.A. in Accounting and Minor in Psychology.

 

Forrest Richmond joins Arctos as a Senior Associate responsible for all aspects of transaction evaluation and execution. Prior to joining Arctos, Mr. Richmond was a Senior Associate at HarbourVest Partners where he executed transactions and played an integral role in building out the firm’s Technology, Media, and Telecom investing framework. Prior to joining HarbourVest, Mr. Richmond was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Mr. Richmond graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University where he received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Global Systems and Management.

 

Melissa Kelly joins Arctos as an Associate responsible for all aspects of transaction evaluation and execution. Prior to Arctos, Ms. Kelly was an Associate on the direct lending team at Golub Capital, where she underwrote lending and syndicated loan transactions for middle market companies. Prior to Golub, she was an associate at Morgan Stanley in the credit risk group, underwriting leverage finance commitments supporting M&A, LBO, and other specialized transactions. She previously was an intern at Major League Baseball in their Labor Relations function and is also the founder of a real estate platform in northern Florida. She graduated with honors from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations.

 

Daniel Lewis joins Arctos as an Associate responsible for all aspects of transaction evaluation and execution. Prior to joining Arctos, Mr. Lewis was an Associate in the Private Capital Group at MSD Partners, in their New York office. At MSD, Mr. Lewis evaluated leveraged buyout and structured equity investment opportunities alongside senior investment professionals to assess merits and risks of potential investments. Prior to MSD, Mr. Lewis was an analyst with PJT Partners, a global advisory focused investment bank. Mr. Lewis graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia where he received a B.A. in Statistics with a concentration in Econometrics.

 

Amanda Del Biaggio joins Arctos as an Executive Assistant responsible for providing comprehensive logistical and administrative support to both the Investment and Investor Relations Team.  Prior to joining Arctos, Ms. Del Biaggio was an Executive Assistant at EnCap Investments for nine years where she provided direct support to Partners, Directors and other senior management. Prior to EnCap, Ms. Del Biaggio was an Executive Assistant to the Investor Relations team at HM Capital Partners.

Arctos Sports Partners Announces Inaugural Council of Industry Advisors

July 20, 2020

Firm’s Sports Advisors, Fellows and Executives (SAFE) Council Has Nine Members With Deep Expertise Across Important Drivers of Sports, Entertainment and Media Industries

Arctos Sports Partners formally announced the formation of the Arctos Sports Advisors, Fellows & Executives Council (SAFE). SAFE is a group of deeply knowledgeable and connected industry executives and operators with expertise in the critical drivers of the sports, media, and entertainment landscape. The council will provide their experience and relationship network to enhance Arctos’ connectivity across the industry, collaborate on Arctos Insights proprietary knowledge development, and advise and support Arctos in identifying and understanding key industry trends and opportunities.

“Members of SAFE have deep expertise and perspective in the most important areas of the sports, media and entertainment industry including media rights, sports betting, ticketing, sponsorships, arena safety and security, stadium development, digital media and esports.” said Ian Charles, Arctos Managing Partner.

“We are thrilled to have such a wealth of experience in senior-level capacities at leading sporting ecosystem organizations as an extension of our team at Arctos,” said Doc O’Connor, Arctos Managing Partner.

SAFE members have held senior leadership roles at organizations including: The National Basketball Association, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Clear, Twitter, The Oak View Group, Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, StubHub, The Sports Innovation Lab, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), The American Gaming Association (AGA), The International and U.S. Olympic Committees, Immortals Gaming Group, Nielsen Sports, Wasserman, McKinsey, and the Arizona Coyotes.

Arctos Sports Advisors, Fellows & Executives Council

  • TJ Adeshola Head of U.S. Sports, Twitter
  • Caryn Seidman-Becker Chairman & CEO, CLEAR
  • Akshay Khanna General Manager, North America, StubHub
  • Tim Leiweke Founder & CEO, Oak View Group
  • Stephen Master Former Global Head of Sports Media, Nielsen
  • Angela Ruggiero Co-Founder & CEO, Sports Innovation Lab; Four-Time Olympian
  • Ari Segal CEO, Immortals Gaming Club; Former COO, Arizona Coyotes
  • Sara Slane Founder, Slane Advisory; Former SVP American Gaming Association
  • Malcolm Turner Former Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University; Former President, NBA G-League

More details on members of SAFE can be found here.

 

About Arctos Sports Partners

Arctos Sports Partners is an investment platform focused on acquiring passive minority stakes in professional sports franchises as well as providing thoughtful liquidity and structured growth capital solutions to sports franchise control owners and governors.  The management team has significant experience and expertise across the media, sports, technology and alternative asset industries.  Arctos is a U.S.-based firm with offices in New York and Dallas. For more information, visit www.arctospartners.com.

 

Contact

Ian H. Charles, Managing Partner

ian.charles@arctospartners.com

 

David J. O’Connor, Managing Partner

doc.oconnor@arctospartners.com