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The Freedom Group Overview

The Freedom Group LLC is an operationally-focused private investment firm and holding company based outside of Chicago, IL that specializes in the acquisition and development of lower middle-market companies.

The Freedom Group seeks to make controlling equity investments in companies experiencing the following types of situations:

          Traditional management buy-outs.

          Generational changes of ownership.


          Growth equity financings.

          Divestiture of corporate divisions or subsidiaries.

          Restructurings and bankruptcies.

We do not invest in real estate based companies, highly-regulated industries such as utilities or medical companies, retail companies, restaurant chains, internet or other technology-driven companies.

Investment Profile

The Freedom Group primarily seeks transactions involving private companies or divisions of larger companies with enterprise values (debt and equity) of up to $35 million.  While we will consider any opportunity in the United States, our geographic focus is in the Upper Midwest.  Our acquisition candidates typically present many of the following characteristics: 

          A definable market niche with natural barriers to entry.

          Consistent operating results with the potential for additional organic growth in its market.

          Opportunities for post-acquisition value creation through operational improvements.

          Natural consolidation opportunities in fragmented industries.

          Direct or complimentary acquisition opportunities within a market segment.

Investment Philosophy

Ultimately, the success of every investment is driven by the management team and investment firm working together as partners with a common vision.  We believe that this is how sustainable long-term value is created. 

The core of our investment philosophy is providing managers with the capital support, operational tools and strategic resources they need to grow a business. The Freedom Group is not focused on “financial engineering” as the core of its approach.  Rather, we work with management teams to develop operational and strategic plans and to set financial goals that are focused on long-term rather than short-term results.  Management teams are responsible for day-to-day operations and achieving the company’s goals and objectives while The Freedom Group is focused on ensuring that the organizational, operational and strategic infrastructure are in place to support growth.

 We offer management direct investment opportunities to ensure that the interests of our firm and the management team are aligned.

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