Irving Place Capital

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Irving Place Capital, formerly known as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB), is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the industrial, packaging, consumer and retail industries.wikipedia
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John D. Howard

The firm's predecessor Bear Stearns Merchant Banking was founded in 1997 by John D. Howard, formerly a co-founder of Vestar Capital Partners.
John D. Howard is CEO of Irving Place Capital (formerly Bear Stearns Merchant Banking) and was senior managing director of Bear Stearns.

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Bear Stearns Merchant Banking bought it for $210 million in 2004.

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The group completed its separation from Bear Stearns' owner JPMorgan Chase in 2008.

The Vitamin Shoppe

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In 2002, Vitamin Shoppe Industries was sold to an affiliate of Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, a private equity unit of Bear Stearns, for approximately $310 million.

Wesray Capital Corporation

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Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Howard had been senior vice president of Wesray Capital Corporation and later co-founded Vestar Capital Partners in 1988.
John D. Howard, who had been a senior vice president and partner at Wesray would become co-CEO of Vestar and later CEO of Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (Irving Place Capital).

Private equity

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Irving Place Capital, formerly known as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB), is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the industrial, packaging, consumer and retail industries.

Leveraged buyout

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Irving Place Capital, formerly known as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB), is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the industrial, packaging, consumer and retail industries.

Growth capital

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Irving Place Capital, formerly known as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB), is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the industrial, packaging, consumer and retail industries.

Middle-market company

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Irving Place Capital, formerly known as Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (BSMB), is an American private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout and growth capital investments in middle-market companies in the industrial, packaging, consumer and retail industries.

New York City

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Based in New York City, it has total committed capital across its funds of $5.9 billion.

Vestar Capital Partners

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The firm's predecessor Bear Stearns Merchant Banking was founded in 1997 by John D. Howard, formerly a co-founder of Vestar Capital Partners. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Howard had been senior vice president of Wesray Capital Corporation and later co-founded Vestar Capital Partners in 1988.

JPMorgan Chase

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The group completed its separation from Bear Stearns' owner JPMorgan Chase in 2008.

Retail

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Since inception, Irving Place Capital and its predecessor, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking has made a number of investments in notable companies in the retail, consumer products, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, packaging and industrial sectors.

Final good

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Since inception, Irving Place Capital and its predecessor, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking has made a number of investments in notable companies in the retail, consumer products, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, packaging and industrial sectors.

Health care

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Since inception, Irving Place Capital and its predecessor, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking has made a number of investments in notable companies in the retail, consumer products, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, packaging and industrial sectors.

Energy

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Since inception, Irving Place Capital and its predecessor, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking has made a number of investments in notable companies in the retail, consumer products, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, packaging and industrial sectors.

Financial services

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Since inception, Irving Place Capital and its predecessor, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking has made a number of investments in notable companies in the retail, consumer products, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, packaging and industrial sectors.

Private equity fund

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Among the firm's most notable investments are the following (separated by the private equity fund from which the investment was made:

7 for All Mankind

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