Home Willis Stein & Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in the consumer services, education and specialized business services sectors of the economy.  We create value for investors by utilizing our extensive industry knowledge, disciplined investment process, substantial strategic and financial expertise and reputation for integrity and fair dealing to acquire controlling interests in middle-market companies in the Midwest and throughout the United States. 

Since 1989, we have invested almost $3 billion in 50 portfolio companies.  Working closely with our management teams, we have completed more than 200 add-on acquisitions and have raised more than $4 billion in debt capital to help our portfolio companies grow.

Through our industry-focused investment process, we proactively identify attractive opportunities and work as value-added partners with management teams to accelerate growth by providing them with capital and ongoing strategic and financial guidance.  Our target investments include buy-outs, build-ups, carve-outs from large companies, public-to-private transactions and acquisitions of family-owned businesses.

Willis Stein brings to each investment:

  • A strong, cohesive team of experienced investment professionals and executive advisors
  • Extensive transaction expertise and a time-tested value creation process
  • A long and proven history of close collaboration with management