PE  Water Street Healthcare Partners

     Office Locations:

444 West Lake Street Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-506-2900
Fax: 312-506-2901



  • Middle Market



  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    With nearly $2 billion of capital under management, Water Street Healthcare Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on healthcare companies. Water Street seeks investments and relationships in targeted sectors across a wide spectrum of the healthcare industry (Diagnostic Devices, Medical Products, Pharmaceutical Services, Specialty Distribution, Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Specialty Services). The firm specializes in creating market leaders through flexible transaction structures, with particular expertise in complex corporate partnerships, carve-outs and recapitalizations in which owners retain a significant ownership stake. Transactions typically range from $50 million to $500 million. Water Street focuses primarily on two groups: large corporations that have low-priority business units or subsidiaries, and middle market healthcare companies where management wants to significantly accelerate growth and value creation. The firm does not typically invest in biotechnology, traditional healthcare facilities (hospitals, nursing homes) or early-stage companies without positive cash flow. The team has made more than 100 investments and strategic acquisitions.



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    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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    Al Heller Operating Partner
    Chris Sweeney Partner
    Jeff Holway CAO
    Katie Hayes CFO
    Max Mishkin Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

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