Sponsor Finance Group

Sponsor Finance Group Overview

Our Sponsor Finance team focuses on providing enterprise value based senior debt facilities to the portfolio companies of Middle Market Private Equity Sponsors. We are relationship lenders that provide a level of service necessary to meet the demands and timing requirements of the Private Equity Sponsor community.

Benefits of working with FirstMerit

  • Dedicated marketing team that focuses exclusively on cash flow loans to target Sponsors
  • Streamlined, dedicated risk function that provides:
    • Consistent decision making
    • Timely responses
    • Ongoing portfolio management throughout a company's life cycle
  • Relationship management approach to meet all of the banking needs of portfolio companies 

We seek to finance transactions that have the following characteristics:

  • Majority sponsor control
  • Minimum EBITDA of $3 million
  • Industry: Generalist
  • Superior management teams
  • Diversified revenue base
  • Competitive industry positioning
  • Standard EBITDA based covenant packages
  • Facility types: Revolver, Term Loan A, Term Loan B
  • Commitment size of up to $25 million

Let’s Talk

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  • Call: 312-429-3618
  • Contact Name: Jacqueline Hopkins, Group Head of Sponsor Finance

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  • Call: 330-996-8026
  • Contact Name: Brett Johnson, Director

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  • Call: 330-384-7373 
  • Contact Name: Brian Nienstedt, Senior Associate