Leaders of Influence: Private Equity & Investors -Cyrus Nikou

LA Business Journal: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Cyrus Nikou
Founder and Managing Partner
Atar Capital

Cyrus Nikou is the founder and managing partner of Atar Capital, a private investment firm based in Century City, where he oversees the firm’s strategy, including M&A, operations, and business development. Atar was founded in 2016 and focuses on buyouts of underperforming companies within the lower middle market. In fewer than four years, Atar has built an impressive portfolio of 11 companies with an aggregate revenue of over $1 billion per year, with over 12,000 employees, and operations located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In March 2021, Atar announced the acquisition of Universal Lighting Technologies and Douglas Controls from Panasonic Corporation. Nikou attributes the success of his firm to building a team that is nimble, adaptive, and responsive to market conditions. During the 2020 lock-down, he guided the firm to acquiring two healthcare companies that are focused on behavioral health and one company focused on sustainable food packaging.