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Jeffrey Sweeney is an investment banker with years of experience in direct lending and corporate finance for small- to middle-market companies. He is the CEO and Managing Director of US Capital Partners, an innovator in small- to middle-market business lending. US Capital Partners has been providing prompt, innovative, and reliable financing solutions across the United States and abroad for more than a decade.

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Tuesday
Aug072012

US Capital Partners’ Affiliated Private Investment Firm Completes Financing of WebXU, Inc.

Private investment firm affiliated with US Capital Partners finances growing Los Angeles-based Internet media company.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 2012 – US Capital Partners’ affiliated firm Breakwater Investment Management, LLC (“Breakwater”) has provided senior secured bridge financing for Internet media company WebXU, Inc. (“WebXU”). US Capital Partners is a leading provider of debt and equity financing for small and lower middle market businesses. The company is a division of Breakwater, a private investment firm that specializes in direct investments in small to lower middle market growth businesses.

 “WebXU approached us for a bridge loan and for growth capital financing, following its successful acquisition of Lot 6 Media, LLC,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, CEO and Managing Director at US Capital Partners. “At US Capital Partners, we always look for the best possible financing solution for our clients. In this case, we were able to arrange financing ourselves, by referring the company to Breakwater.”

About WebXU, Inc.

WebXU, Inc. (OTC.BB: WBXU.OB) is an innovative and growing Internet media company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The company owns and operates a network of consumer websites and businesses focused on e-commerce, customer acquisition, and social media. Through its network of branded web properties, WebXU connects consumers with higher education, financial services, insurance, electronics, and other offerings.

About US Capital Partners, LLC

Since 1998, US Capital Partners (www.uscapitalpartners.net) has been providing prompt, innovative, and reliable financing solutions including lending, corporate financing, and debt re-structuring to businesses across the United States and abroad. US Capital Partners is a private investment bank, direct lender, co-lender, and lead financial arranger that specializes in asset-based debt for small to middle market private and public companies. The company’s innovative approach allows it to provide the best financing available, not only for companies in excellent financial condition, but also for companies that may have been refused credit by traditional lenders.

If you would like to know more about how your business can secure the financing it needs, email Jeffrey Sweeney, CEO and Managing Director, at jsweeney@uscapitalpartners.net or call (415) 889-1010.

Wednesday
Mar072012

Managing Partner of Breakwater Presented at London Symposium

On March 5-6th Saif Mansour, Founder and Managing Partner of Breakwater Investment Management visited England to speak at the European Family Office Winter Symposium held at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel. The event spanned two days and was full of engaging discussions on the latest investment trends.

"Breakwater" is a private investment firm that has a strategic alliance with US Capital Partners, LLC. USCP provides the Breakwater Structured Growth Opportunities Fund access to a continuous stream of proprietary investment opportunities. 

Saif Mansour, Founder and Managing Partner of Breakwater Saif Mansour spoke on the first day of the Symposium at the "Meet The Manager Showcase," where he gave a short presentation on the investment strategy, methodology, and performance of the Breakwater Structured Growth Opportunities Fund, LP (the “Fund”), a private investment partnership managed by Breakwater.

The family office event was organized by Opal Financial Group and is considered the premier event for high net worth individuals and family offices. Attendees of the European Family Office Winter Symposium included private investors and asset managers from around the globe.  

If you would like to know more about Breakwater, visit www.breakwaterfund.com or call (424) 777-4000.

Tuesday
Aug162011

Our Affiliated Private Investment Firm Finances Sports Nutrition Company

US Capital Partners’ affiliated private investment firm, Breakwater Investment Management, LLC ("Breakwater") recently completed a growth capital investment in an emerging sports nutrition company. Breakwater provides growth capital to leading small and lower middle market businesses. Breakwater is a private investment firm that provides direct lending for US Capital Partners through its limited partnership fund, Breakwater Structured Growth Opportunities Fund, LP. Breakwater’s strategic affiliation with US Capital Partners provides the Fund access to a continuous stream of proprietary investment opportunities.

We are extremely pleased that Breakwater is financing this sports nutrition company. The direct lending leg of USCP (through Breakwater) supported a sports nutrition company develops, markets, and distributes clinically tested nutritional products for weight loss and enhanced performance in sports. The company distributes its proven nutritional products to thousands of retail stores in North America and abroad through GNC, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, 7-Eleven, and other Fortune 500 players. Founded in 2002, the company has received the industry’s NBJ Gold Award for Growth in Small Companies, and is rated as one of  top 250 fastest-growing privately held companies in its State.

US Capital Partners' specialist advisory and financial restructuring services for small to middle market companies coupled with our ability to assess complex or special situations quickly is how we can provide solutions outside the conventional box, making us one of the most innovative small to middle market investment banks and lenders in the country.

If you are in need of direct lending, contact us contact us at (415) 889-1010 or visit www.uscapitalpartners.net.  We are happy to see how we can help. 

Thursday
Mar312011

What We Can Learn From AT&T's $20 Billion Loan: How Small and Mid Cap Lending Options Can Mirror Large Cap Deals 

AT&T’s $39 billion bid for T-Mobile has given way to the world's largest deal to emerge since the financial crisis. According to a regulatory filing, JPMorgan Chase offered a $20 billion one-year bridge loan in support of AT&T’s effort to acquire T-Mobile, thus creating the largest wireless carrier in the nation. JPMorgan gave the telecom giant an 18-month commitment on the unsecured loan. The $20 billion commitment ranks as the No. 2 bridge loan offered worldwide since 2000, second only to Pfizer’s $22.5 billion financing obtained through the bond market in 2009, according to Thomson Reuters.

The recent New York Times article JPMorgan, the Lender Behind the T-Mobile Deal explores how the Wall Street giant not only advised AT&T on the deal, alongside Evercore Partners and Greenhill & Company — it also agreed to finance part of the $25 billion cash portion of the offer.

It is great to see more light shed on lending AND advisory for financing. Additionally, I wanted to point out how this combination of advisory + lending works for large deals, but is also imperative to the success of small and mid cap financing.

JPMorgan's action here is exactly what we do at US Capital Partners in conjunction with our affiliates at Breakwater Investment Management. While we provide advisory and actual debt, USCP usually only advises on the financing side not M&A, but that is the only distinction.

We realize that small to lower middle market businesses and their capital needs have been historically under served by traditional lending sources. And in the current market, this is further aggravated by the continued constriction of credit showing few signs of abating in the marketplace.

Our specialized financial advisory services combined with our ability to assess complex or special situations quickly to provide solutions outside the bankable box has made us one of the most innovative small to middle-market investment banks in the country. You can read more about how Much-Needed Financial Advisory Services Helps Companies Obtain Alternative Financing Solutions

Furthermore, we are also able to make direct loans from our affiliated investment fund Breakwater. While banks are turning down lending, our approach in financial leadership is to shift the funding paradigm in order to drive the success of our clients. As a private investment bank, direct lender, co-lender and lead financial arranger, we specialize in asset-based debt for small- to middle-market private and public companies.

Visit our web site to read more about US Capital Partners' recent transactions. 

Since 1998, US Capital Partners has been providing prompt, innovative, and reliable financing solutions including lending, corporate financing, and debt re-structuring to businesses across the United States and abroad. We will give your business the attention it deserves and find the most suitable product for you. We offer true one-stop financing and will work in partnership with you throughout the lending process. If you would like to know more about how your business can secure the funding it needs, visit http://www.uscapitalpartners.net/ or call (415) 882-7160.

 

Monday
Feb282011

Cooperative Capitalism - The New Rules of Co-Lending in the Current Economy

Historically, the co-lending industry has approached business from an "us versus them" adversary approach. This conduct is not the future of lending. The new rules of co-lending focus around the idea of "Cooperative Capitalism" which addresses a paradigm shift in funding. Focusing on more intelligent workouts and a more cooperative approach is the future of lending that yields a "win-win" for all parties.

In this economy, the old strategies used by banks to work out their clients are failing the current market. In the old rules of funding, a few key relationships with banks was sufficient for the CFO of a company to arrange optimal financing for their companies. Now many of those relationships are with banks that are in trouble or not lending in the same way they did in the past.   

Embracing a new approach to workouts will accelerate their rate and efficacy, and will optimize the outcome for both the banks and the borrower. I recently presented vital strategies for engineering optimal refinancing solutions in the article titled “Intelligent Workouts: Embracing a New Paradigm in Small Business Refinancing,” which appears in The Secured Lender, published by the Commercial Finance Association (CFA).

At US Capital Partners, we have our own private equity fund Breakwater Investment Management, LLC to lend from, where we make the decisions in credit committee and are not subject to asset class or deal restrictions imposed from a bank rediscount line. As an alternative lender, our ability to loan against a wide variety of diverse asset classes makes us attractive to other lenders interested in co-lending with us on the alternative assets while they lend on their favored assets. Ultimately, this cooperative lending model allows us to work with other lenders and dealmakers to structure optimum financing solutions on behalf of our clients.

About US Capital Partners, LLC
Since 1998, US Capital Partners has been providing prompt, innovative, and reliable financing solutions including lending, corporate financing, and debt re-structuring to businesses across the United States and abroad. US Capital is a private investment bank, direct lender, co-lender, and lead financial arranger that specializes in asset-based debt for small- to middle-market private and public companies. The company’s innovative approach allows them to provide the best financing available, not only for companies in excellent financial condition, but also for companies who may have been refused credit by traditional lenders.

If you would like to know more about how your business can secure the funding it needs, visit http://www.uscapitalpartners.net/ or call (415) 882-7160.