American Working Capital is a merchant bank focused on the privately held middle market of USA based firms. We function both as direct investor and as a provider of co-investment capital. We also perform a wide range of advisory services for firms contemplating change of control transactions. AWC has particular expertise in utilizing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP’s) as a tool of corporate finance. ESOP structures facilitate ownership succession and provide an inclusive, broad based benefit plan for management and employees. Headquartered in Chicago, AWC maintains additional offices in New York, Boston and Atlanta.
The firm is owned and managed by a group of experienced financial and management professionals with nearly 200 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 capital transactions. As a capital provider, AWC supplies 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