Matt Gibbons is the Director of Private Equity at Manhattan West. He oversees the firm’s Private Equity practice and is responsible for developing investment strategies, managing companies in the portfolio, and determining suitable investments for the firm. Mr. Gibbons looks for opportunities to invest in companies that are led by strong management teams and positioned to benefit from strategic enhancements, operational improvements, and attractive industry tailwinds.
Prior to joining Manhattan West, Mr. Gibbons worked at Saban Capital Group, the Los Angeles based private investment firm of billionaire Haim Saban, where he managed private equity investments across the media, entertainment, business services, and consumer sectors. During his tenure at Saban Capital, Mr. Gibbons completed the sale of Saban Brands (the holding company of Power Rangers and other major entertainment brands) to Hasbro for over $500 million, managed the firm’s key investment in Univision Communications (the largest Spanish-language media company in the US), executed the formation of both Saban Music and Saban Experiential operating companies, and spearheaded the IPO and attempted merger of Saban Capital’s special purpose acquisition company. Before joining Saban Capital, Mr. Gibbons worked as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey, one of the largest middle market investment banks on the West Coast, where he helped structure numerous transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, and debt financings across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, and business services.
Mr. Gibbons graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics. As a member of the Harvard Lightweight Crew, he helped the program achieve a 28-0 undefeated multi-season record. Born and raised in Southern California, Mr. Gibbons enjoys the outdoors playing tennis, golfing with his wife and spending time with his son.