Jeffrey Stevenson joined the firm VSS in 1992, a year after it launched. Initially called Veronis, Suhler& Associates, the firm wouldn’t change its name to VeronisSuhler Stevenson until 2001 when Stevenson became a partner. The firm has offices in New York and London. By 2019, VSS had reportedly invested in over eighty different platforms and boasted three hundred fifty add-on acquisitions.
VSS is a firm that handles private investments and makes trades in areas such as business services, media, and healthcare IT. The firm also boasts over $3 billion in aggregate initial capital commitment spread out over the seven major private investment funds it has managed since 1987.
In his time at VeronisSuhler Stevenson, Jeffrey Stevenson has served as the director of several portfolio companies, like Coretelligent, Southern Theatres LLC, Metschools, and ITN Networks, as well as the chairman of the investment committee. Prior to joining the firm, Stevenson was the director of a number of businesses, such as Canon Communications, Hanley Wood, Advanstar, Yellow Book USA, TMP Worldwide, and Cambium Learning.
In an interview, Jeffrey Stevenson was asked about the current economic climate and its effect on the middle market. Stevenson pointed out all the advantages that the middle market has, including its consistency. Larger-cap transactions, Stevenson says, are often volatile because of capital markets, but have been profitable recently. Lower end deals in the middle market are also profitable and have the advantage of being less volatile.
Stevenson was also asked about the effect of globalization on a New York firm. He sees potential in different countries, such as China and Brazil. He also believes that market growth will slow in the developed world, and markets will boom in developing countries. He is directing the firm to position itself to enter these new markets as they arrive.
Jeffrey Stevenson is also ensuring that his firm is focused on new information and data dispersion. He has noticed a trend of investors demanding more information and has provided these clients with a quarterly operating report. The firm is also focusing on investments at a portfolio level and making improvements.
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