About FDP


Since 1990, hundreds of public and private companies have turned to Fort Dearborn Partners to develop and execute creative, effective strategies that enhance business performance. We've helped companies of all sizes—in the Midwest and across the country-- identify and manage financial risks and discover new opportunities to improve cash flow and profitability. Our seasoned professionals apply their financial, operational and industry expertise—as well as their understanding of your business--to:

  • Help companies with liquidity and credit issues turn around their financial performance by analyzing their business, developing credible financial forecasts that get clients focused on the economic interests that impact performance, improving profitability and cash flow and addressing   the concerns of banks and investors;
  • Develop and help implement tactical business plans for growth and underperforming companies based on in-depth analysis of markets, operations, pricing, customer and product profitability, working capital and organizational structure;
  • Represent sellers and buyers in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and management buyouts;
  • Interface with capital sources such as private equity firms and subordinated debt lenders to secure new financing to support management buyout, growth or turnaround plans;
  • Help owners and managers successfully navigate the difficult and complex restructuring and bankruptcy processes;
  • Provide interim management services to keep companies focused during leadership transitions;
  • Provide expert testimony and other litigation support when disputes arise over valuations or business practices.
  • Provide valuation services for timely and accurate valuations of businesses or intangible assets on which any business or third party can reply.

Over the years, we've distinguished ourselves by the powerful, sustainable results we've achieved for owners. We've also earned the trust and respect of management teams, banks and private equity firms by delivering improvements in cash flow, profitability and shareholder value. They associate Fort Dearborn Partners with thorough, high-quality analysis; a collaborative approach to identifying and addressing critical issues; a bias for urgent, focused action; and the proven ability to help implement solutions that work. They also respond to our deep expertise in industries such as manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, food, construction, paper, printing, retail, healthcare, steel, transportation and business services.