Linden Capital drills into Florida dental market with Gentle Dental buy


Mid-market private equity firm Linden Capital Partners has bought South Florida-based Gentle Dental from The Beekman Group.

The company provides general, multi-speciality and cosmetic dental care throughout 21 outlets across the region.

Beekman bought the business in 2007 as part of its strategy of targeting lower middle-market service companies.

Harris Williams advised Gentle Dental on the deal.

Harris Williams managing director James Clark said, “This transaction demonstrates investors’ continued strong interest in the dental service organisation sector driven by investors’ desire to find scalable business models in markets positioned to benefit from positive demographic trends.”

Linden closed its second fund last year on $375m, superseding its initial hard cap of $350m and nearly doubling the commitments to its predecessor.

The firm has recently added to its team by hiring Mark Sullivan as a principal focusing on human capital initiatives, and last month promoted Todd Van Horn to principal.

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