Chicago, IL – October 24, 2018 – Svoboda Capital Partners LLC (“SC”) is pleased to announce that Justin Demes has joined the firm as a Principal.
“We are excited to add Justin to the team. He is a great cultural fit for our organization and believes in what we are building. With valuable investment banking, corporate development and operations, and family office investing experience, Justin will add significant value to our portfolio companies while being a tremendous help in generating deal flow and developing investor relationships,” commented SC Managing Directors, John Svoboda and Jeff Piper. Justin will be responsible for sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities, leading due diligence, structuring and negotiating transactions, and managing portfolio company investments.
Prior to joining SC, Justin was a Partner at Grand Crossing Capital (“GCC”), a family-office backed private equity firm, where he spent 4 years as an experienced operator and investor in consumer products businesses. Prior to GCC, Justin led corporate development for RC2, a publicly traded infant, toy and collectibles company with a portfolio of well-known brands, including Thomas & Friends, John Deere, The First Years and Lamaze. While at RC2, Justin focused on developing and investing in emerging children’s products businesses in the U.S. and internationally, which led to the execution of several strategic acquisitions and many licensing and joint venture initiatives. Justin began his career as a consumer-focused investment banker at Robert W. Baird & Co.
About Svoboda Capital Partners LLC
Svoboda Capital Partners LLC is a Chicago-based private equity firm with over $400 million of capital under management. Founded in 1998, SC identifies, invests in and helps build excellent businesses in its targeted business niches: business services, value-added distribution, and consumer products. SC typically makes investments of $10 to $20 million per company in partnership with management teams.