Founder & Managing Partner
John E. Dancewicz is the founder and a Managing Partner of the Firm. Since founding the Firm in 1995, he has completed 25 transactions. He is on the board of directors of several portfolio companies, including Central Can Company, Inc., Country Pure Foods, Inc., and FCL Graphics, Inc. Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Dancewicz spent 14 years at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. (Chicago) where he was a Senior Managing Director, Manager of Midwest Corporate Finance and a member of both the Debt Commitment and Midwest Management Committees. At Bear Stearns, Mr. Dancewicz completed over 250 transactions and engagements. Mr. Dancewicz also was the Senior Investment Banker on teams that initiated, financed and closed several equity investment transactions. Previously, Mr. Dancewicz established and headed the U.S. Investment Banking Department at Continental Illinois Bank. While at Continental, Mr. Dancewicz completed over 300 engagements and served on several senior management committees and strategic task forces. Mr. Dancewicz has been involved in approximately 200 merger and acquisition transactions and engagements and more than $20 billion of fundraising. His experience includes numerous cross-border transactions in North America, Europe, Australia and East Asia , and representation of both offshore and domestic clients. Mr. Dancewicz graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics and from Harvard Business School with an M.B.A. in Finance. At Yale he received the Richard U. Light Scholarship, was nominated for a Rhodes ’ Scholarship, served as Class Marshall, and received the Gordon Cup. He is also a recipient of the YAF Chairman’s Award. Mr. Dancewicz was named to each of the Crain’s Top 100 Business Leaders (Chicago) lists from inception in 1987 through 1994. He serves on various corporate, education related and charitable boards.