Sancus Capital Group
Sancus Capital Group is a leading entrepreneurial private equity firm whose mission is to be the best possible partner to business owners, management teams, and CEO's.
Sancus Capital Group, which is based in La Jolla, California, is led by Justin Crane, a successful private equity investor and mergers and acquisitions professional who has closed over 20 platform and add-on acquisitions as a private equity sponsor representing in excess of $190M of total transaction value.
In ancient Roman religion, Sancus was a god of trust, honesty, and oaths. Mr. Crane selected “Sancus” as the firm’s name because it symbolizes the firm’s ideals and values – authenticity, high integrity, transparency, collaboration, consistency, trustworthiness as well as honoring our word. At Sancus, it is our mission to be the best possible partner to business owners, management teams, and CEO’s who share our ideals and values. It is our fundamental belief that private equity is a “people business”, and thus, we are strongly focused on building trusted relationships with exceptionally talented people who share our ideals and values. Further, we dedicate significant attention to gaining a mutual understanding of what our partnership will look like to make sure the partnership begins with everyone on the same page and with clear expectations from one another. Our culture, philosophy, approach to partnering, and values underpin our mission to be the best possible partner to business owners, management teams, and exceptional CEO’s.
Justin T. Crane
Founder and CEO
As the Founder and CEO of Sancus, Mr. Crane’s efforts are focused on deal sourcing, recruiting management teams and operating executives, investment analysis, due diligence, deal execution, and supporting the portfolio companies. As an independent sponsor, Mr. Crane plays an active role with the portfolio companies by supporting the management teams on their efforts to build exceptional businesses. Further to that, Mr. Crane has a proven track record of identifying and executing on operational improvements and strategic value creation initiatives post-acquisition. Mr. Crane has 12+ years of private equity experience with the past 8 years operating as an independent private equity sponsor. Previously, Mr. Crane was an Investment Associate at Pomona Capital, which is a private equity affiliate of ING that has $6.9+ billion of AUM. Mr. Crane’s responsibilities included investment analysis, due diligence, structuring, transaction execution, and portfolio monitoring across a variety of industries and sectors. Prior to Pomona Capital, Mr. Crane was a Senior Associate in the Transaction Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised private equity firms and corporations on accounting and valuation issues associated with a variety of complex transactions and structures.
In 2020, Mr. Crane was appointed to the Council of Advocates for The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Mr. Crane graduated cum laude from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, with a B.S. in Business Administration that included an Accounting major and Economics minor. Mr. Crane is a CPA (inactive license) and is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
VP of Business Development
At Sancus, Mr. Williams is focused primarily on business development where his efforts are centered on building and maintaining relationships with various intermediaries and industry professionals who have access to quality deal flow. Prior to Sancus, Mr. Williams worked with Mr. Crane at Palomar Capital Management as a VP of Business Development. Prior to Palomar, Mr. Williams was a VP of Business Development at NinePoint Capital Advisors, which is a boutique investment banking firm as well as a Co-Founder of Ascending Paradigms, which provided buy-side and sell-side consulting services to business owners and private investment firms related to the origination, analysis, and execution of equity and debt investments. Prior to Ascending Paradigms, Mr. Williams was a Partner at The Better Mouse Trap Co. where he co-invented “The Better Mouse Trap”, which is an animal-friendly, eco-friendly rodent control solution. In addition to product development, Mr. Williams managed international distribution, sales, and marketing for the company.
Mr. Williams studied business, finance, real estate, and photography at Azusa Pacific University, Folsom Lake College, and Citrus College. Mr. Williams is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping.
The LIT Group (active)
The Company provides deposition and litigation support services to law firms Fortune 500 corporations, and regulatory agencies. Its services include document processing, court reporting, video deposition services, trial services, case management, and electronic discovery collection, processing, and production.
The Company is a lifestyle consumer brand that sells apparel and merchandise to dog enthusiasts via its online store at www.pawz.com. In addition, it is the Company's mission to help improve the quality of lives that all dogs live. As such, Pawz has donated over $600,000 to no-kill animal shelters since it was founded in late 2015.
Pre-Cast Specialties (exited)
The Company is a precast and prestressed concrete company that manufactures concrete light poles, doubletees, manholes, hollowcores, and other structural building components, which are sold to utilities and general contractors that work in the infrastructure and commercial construction industries. The Company also provides engineering and consulting services related to structural building components.
Aerospace Contacts (active)
The Company specializes in manufacturing custom contacts and contact assemblies used in harsh environment connector applications for virtually every major connector manufacturer in the aerospace industry. The Company is focused on providing high quality, technically and functionally sound components in the shortest lead times in the industry. Sancus partnered with an independent sponsor on this deal.
Excelin Home Health (active)
The Company provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social worker services, home health aid services, and hospice services in patients' homes. The Company works with a variety of hospitals, physician practice groups, and post-acute facilities. As an emerging leader in the home health industry, the Company is focused on driving exceptional patient outcomes in the most cost-effective manner.
We are always keeping an eye out for talented, like-minded individuals who can help our firm succeed. If you are interested in learning more about potential career opportunities or strategic partnership opportunities with Sancus, then please contact Justin Crane at to introduce yourself.
We are seeking talented and motivated operating executives with deep industry expertise to partner with on buy-and-build investment strategies within targeted industries. Please contact Justin Crane at to introduce yourself.
Sancus Capital Group
4225 Executive Square
La Jolla, California 92037