Matthew Ailey is the managing partner of GenRock Capital Management, a special-purpose vehicle raised in early 2017 to exclusively invest in the North American restaurant industry. GenRock currently controls approximately $100 million of equity commitments. GenRock Restaurant Management (“GRG”) is a dedicated subsidiary uniquely designed to hold restaurant assets for long-term investments.
GenRock Restaurant Management (“GRG”) is a dedicated subsidiary uniquely designed to hold restaurant assets for long-term investments.
Matt has extensive experience investing in restaurant concepts from his four years working at Corvex Management, where he was intimately involved in the Yum! Brands investment from 2015-2017, helping Yum! to spin off Yum! China.
He and also managed multiple other restaurant investments totaling $175 million across the QSR, fast-casual, and casual dining categories. He has primarily focused on large restaurant concepts with national or regional scale. He has a broad network of relationships with restaurant executives, franchisees, investors, and operators. Prior to Corvex, Matt worked in private equity at Blackstone’s flagship U.S. buyout fund, where he focused on consumer, healthcare, and industrial investments. At Blackstone, he specialized in roll-up investments, most notable of which was Summit Materials, a $3.5bn heavy construction materials company that was built from 39 individual bolt-on transactions. He gained extensive experience with Summit in launching a new company, building a professional management team, cultivating relationships with family businesses, and capitalizing businesses at various stages of growth. Prior to Blackstone, Matt began his career in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs focused on mergers and acquisitions.