American Working Capital (“AWC”) is a merchant banking and financial advisory firm headquartered in Chicago, with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston and New York.  AWC is focused exclusively on providing expert advisory services and capital to address ownership transition and growth capital needs in privately-held middle market companies.  The firm is owned and managed by a group of experienced financial and management professionals with over 150 years of collective experience working with privately held businesses, their owners and management teams.  As advisors, AWC partners provide strategic assessment, knowledge and experience to assist firms in identifying, planning, developing, managing, negotiating and executing optimal capital transactions.  As a merchant bank, AWC provides strategic funding to privately owned, middle-market firms to facilitate growth plans, management buyouts, capital restructuring, ESOP buyouts and acquisition financing. Our advice and capital funding is typically provided through longer-term partnerships with existing ownership and management teams in scalable operating companies that have established revenues and predictable cash flows. Our operating structure provides both financial and human capital to significantly enhance the enterprise value of the core business. Our typical client/partner companies have business values between $25 million and $250 million within the following industry segments:

  • Business Services • Government Services
  • Consumer Products/Services • Healthcare Services
  • Defense • Logistics / Transportation
  • Distribution • Niche / Specialty Manufacturing

Along with extensive general capital markets experience, AWC partners are among a select group of stewards of employee ownership.  We have extensive experience in transactions and investments involving broader-based employee ownership or employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”).    Despite attractive opportunities and substantive needs, businesses with ESOPs or other forms of broader-based employee ownership have been challenged to attract private equity and mezzanine capital to affect changes in ownership or fund growth capital needs while establishing or preserving their employee ownership structure and culture.  AWC has the collective depth, skill sets and capital to greatly expand the strategic options available to both aspiring management-employee teams; as well as established ESOP companies.


AWC seeks to develop strong multi-faceted partnerships with our clients and with our commitment to an ongoing partnership we deliver results and value beyond the initial transaction.  Please contact us to learn more about AWC.