PE  First Capital Partners

     Office Locations:

233 S. Wacker Drive, 84th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-239-1339

Get all office locations for this firm with a National Database subscription.


  • Middle Market



  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    First Capital Partners, LLC is a direct investor of mezzanine capital and private equity in successful privately owned businesses in the middle market. Since its founding, it has managed two investments funds with capital in excess of $100 million. The firm's members have backgrounds in private equity, mezzanine capital, leveraged finance, mergers and acquisitions advisory, and corporate development. The firm partners with business owners, management and other private investors to provide capital for: mergers or acquisitions, management buyouts, generational transfers of business ownership, redemption of minority shareholder interests, recapitalizations or refinancing of existing debt, and growth into new products or markets. First Capital will invest either on a mezzanine capital only basis or with a combination of mezzanine and equity capital. The firm has the flexibility to make minority equity investments or, where appropriate, acquire a majority ownership of a business. First Capital seeks successful companies in manufacturing, business outsourcing, value-added distribution, service businesses with long-term customers, or food & agribusiness with revenues of $10 million to $100 million. First Capital invests $2 million to $8 million per investment primarily on companies in the central U.S., but will consider opportunities outside this region.

    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
    Get the complete investment team + individual email addresses for investment team partners. Get personal images, LinkedIn links, investment specialties, office locations and more with a National Database subscription.
    Andrew B. Kemp Managing Director
    David F. McLeese Managing Partner
    David R. Paulmeyer Vice President
    Dylan Lester Senior Analyst
    Emmett Nelson Senior Analyst


    Portfolio companies include:

      Advantage Engineers
        web link

      Allison Payment Systems
        web link

        web link

      Breakthrough Management Group
        web link

      Calcium Products, Inc.
        web link

      Century Tool & Gage
        web link

      Color Craft Graphic Arts, LLC
        web link

      Control Installations of Iowa
        web link

      Dental Milling Solutions, LLC
        web link

      Franklin Energy Services
        web link

      Global Precision Products, LLC
        web link

      Koontz-Wagner Services
        web link

      Polymer Technology Company
        web link

      Quality Control
        web link

      Universal Property and Flood
        web link

      UPF Services
        web link

      Wisconsin Film and Bag
        web link


    Recent News: