PE/FI  Equity Group Investments

     Office Locations:

Two North Riverside Plaza, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-454-1800
Fax: 312-454-9678



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    Equity Group Investments is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. Founded by Sam Zell in 1969, the firm primarily focuses its investments in the real estate sector but also seeks to invest in finance, energy, transportation, communications, and healthcare. Zell also maintains substantial interests in, and is the Chairman of, several public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, including Equity Residential (EQR), the largest apartment real estate investment trust (or REIT) in the U.S. Within direct investments, Equity Group Investments invests in distressed, stand-alone capital restructuring, middle market, later stage, mature, turnaround, late venture, PIPEs, bridge, buyout, recapitalization, growth capital, and turnaround investments in large companies. Within fund of fund, the firm invests in private equity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine funds, hedge funds, and secondary investments.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Chris Nilan Managing Director
    David Helfand Co-President
    Evan Harwood Managing Director
    Joe McIntosh Managing Director
    John Heneghan Alternative Investments


    Portfolio companies include:

      American Classic Voyages

      Antec Corporation

      Blue Chip Broadcasting

      CFI Industries

      Covanta Holding Corporation

      Cross Border Xpress

      Eagle Industries

      Equity International

      Grupo Azucarero Mexico

      JL Radio


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