building world class businesses in the lower middle market

Right Lane Capital LLC is a Chicago-based private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of profitable middle and lower middle market businesses. Because Right Lane is not structured as a typical private equity firm, we have unusual flexibility in our investment structuring, holding period, and target industries. Our affiliate Right Lane Industries LLC is an industrial holding company offering a permanent home to lower middle market industrial businesses that have been orphaned inside larger companies, or whose retiring shareholders want to ensure that the businesses they spent their careers building end up in the hands of investors who share their values. Our transactions provide liquidity for owners, capital for growth and acquisitions, and attractive equity upside for continuing management teams – all while navigating the cultural, family, and business issues faced by small company owners and managers.

In addition to providing capital, we take an active role on the board of directors of our portfolio companies, and function as an outsourced corporate development team with expertise in capital allocation, add-on acquisitions, capital markets, financial reporting, and corporate strategy. Right Lane partners with talented management teams, and recruits veteran industry executives to participate on the board to supplement sales relationships, market intelligence, and strategic expertise. Right Lane offers co-investment to strategic partners able to open doors to critical distribution and vendor contacts. At the same time, we do not micro manage our executive teams and will not take an active role in day-to-day business activities unless required to do so.