Chicago PE shops. Apollo? Ares?

I am currently in IB in an energy group, but looking to move to Chicago when i jump to PE. On Apollo's website, they have Chicago listed as one of their offices, but on linkedin / WSO there's no trace of them. Is the Chicago office of Apollo mostly support / administrative roles? Suggested alternatives in Chicago?

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Nov 8, 2017

Nearly certain they do not have a Private Equity investment team in Chicago. Ares has an office here in the UBS building, but i believe its just their direct lending team and real estate.

If you're looking to stay in energy, it might be hard to find a fund that solely focuses on that in Chicago. Most shops are going to be healthcare, business services, or industrial focused.

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Nov 8, 2017

That's what I was afraid of. I'm actually trying to get out of energy though!

Dec 27, 2017

Apollo Chicago is one guy that does direct lending work. Worked in the suite next to him in an internship last summer.

Dec 27, 2017

Better warm up to CB. That's all there is here in Chicago, that and crime.

Dec 27, 2017

2 largest PE shops are GTCR and MDP. Vista has recently expanded their chicago presence and Thoma Bravo I believe is still headquartered there (not sure there are any actual investment professionals here at this point, especially at the junior level).

MM: Wynnchurch, Z Capital, Victory Park, Origami, Flexpoint Ford, Wind, Sterling, Wind Point, Cressey & Co

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Dec 28, 2017

Thoughts on the mm scene in Chicago? I've been in contact with recruiters at Cressay and Z Capital and am currently not in the PE industry, so was curious to what people thought of them.

Jan 3, 2018

What's the reputation of Victory Park?

Jan 4, 2018

http://www.peachicago.com/
That is the link to the website for the private equity association of Chicago. They have a resume book that IB analysts can submit to, and have a list of all the member firms if you are curious as to the breadth of the Chicago PE market.

Jan 9, 2018

^ this. Links to all the member firms are on that website as well. Good place to start when doing research. There's a few more in Chicago that are not on the list, but that will get you moving in the right direction.

Jan 9, 2018

Citadel

Jan 9, 2018

Prairie Capital, Lakeview Group, Wind Point, Willis Stein & Partners. CIVC Partners come to mind, but there are more. I am sure that a Google search will yield a website dedicated to this. Most of the firms in Chicago seem to focus on mid-market companies. So, if you're into trying to save a tier 3 parts supplier from getting rolled over by GM's suppliers, that is where to go. At least, that is what I recall the industry being like....

Like Gekko said; Citadel. It is the best street cred an intern can get in Chicago. And if I were you, I would look into the VC community that has popped up around here. There are great things happening in tech and trading firms have gotten in on the action. Jump Trading, DRW and even the Mercantile Exchange have VC funds now. Lightbank is much more interesting than any PE firm I can think of at the moment.

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Jan 9, 2018
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