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One Equity Partners
Type Private
Founded 2001
Founder(s) Dick Cashin, Managing Partner
Headquarters United States New York City
United States Chicago
Industry Private equity
Products Leveraged buyout, Growth capital
Total assets $8 billion
Employees 40+
Parent JPMorgan Chase (formerly Bank One)

One Equity Partners is a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle market companies across a range of industries.

The firm, which is based in New York City and Chicago, was founded in 2001. The firm also has offices in Menlo Park, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. The firm has collected approximately $8 billion of investments and capital commitments, primarily from JPMorgan Chase and previously Bank One and has completed over $4 billion of investments in more than 40 companies since inception.



In 2006, One Equity, together with The Blackstone Group and Technology Crossover Ventures acquired Travelport from Cendant in a $4.3 billion buyout. The company owns Worldspan and Galileo as well as approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide. The sale of Travelport followed the spin-offs of Cendant's real estate and hospitality businesses, Realogy Corporation and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, respectively, in July 2006.[1][2] Later in the year, TPG and Silver Lake would acquire Travelport's chief competitor Sabre Holdings.

Among One Equity's other notable investments include Polaroid Corporation which was sold in 2005 at a significant gain[3][4][5], as well as: Apollo Hospitals, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Clipper Windpower, NCO Group[6], Pfleiderer, Systagenix Wound Management, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Vertrue and X-Rite.


History of private equity
and venture capital

Early History
(Origins of modern private equity)

The 1980s
(LBO boom)

The 1990s
(LBO bust and the VC bubble)

The 2000s
(Dot-com bubble to the Credit crunch)


One Equity Partners was founded in 2001 by Dick Cashin to serve as the private equity investment arm of Bank One. Cashin had previously served as president of Citicorp Venture Capital, the predecessor of Court Square Capital Partners and CVC Capital Partners, where he worked for Bank One's then CEO, Jamie Dimon.

In 2002, former Ford Motor Company CEO Jacques Nasser joined One Equity. He would serve as chairman of Polaroid Corporation. Nasser was involved in 2006, when One Equity was speculated as one of several potential private equity bidders for Jaguar Cars.[7]

In 2004, JPMorgan Chase completed its acquisition of Bank One. Prior to the merger, JPMorgan had its own in-house private equity investment group, JPMorgan Partners. JPMorgan Partners was significantly larger than One Equity and focused on larger transactions. One Equity, was ultimately designated as the exclusive private equity platform for JPMorgan Chase, at which point JPMorgan Partners formalized plans to spin out of JPMorgan Chase and was renamed CCMP Capital.[8] In 2008, when JPMorgan Chase acquired Bear Stearns' private equity platform, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, One Equity was once again designated the exclusive private equity arm for the combined firm.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Sachdev, Ameet. " Orbitz travels to 4th owner: Blackstone Group to buy from Cendant.", Chicago Tribune, July 1, 2006. Accessed September 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Fineman, Josh. "Cendant to sell Orbitz to Blackstone for $4.3 Bln",, June 30, 2006. Accessed September 15, 2007.
  4. ^ VALUE OF POLAROID ASSETS WILL BE RE-EXAMINED. New York Times, January 18, 2003
  5. ^ Polaroid Being Acquired for $426 Million. New York Times, January 8, 2005
  6. ^ Outsourcing Company to Be Acquired. New York Times, July 25, 2006
  7. ^ On your marques: former Ford chief Nasser eyes up Jaguar. The Independent, August 26, 2006.
  8. ^ Bear Stearns private equity units face uncertain future (Private Equity Online, 2008)
  9. ^ Wall Street Journal: Deal Journal, March 18, 2008

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