Jeff Hagar, Partner

Mr. Hagar has over 17 years of lending experience, including loan structuring, underwriting, portfolio management, and restructuring. He specializes in leveraged lending, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalizations for middle market and lower middle market companies utilizing both cash flow and asset-based structures. Mr. Hagar worked at Chatham Capital from 2004 to 2014, prior to rejoining Chatham Capital in 2017. From 2014 until 2016, Mr. Hagar was a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase in the Middle Market Banking group, where he was responsible for relationship management and new business development. Mr. Hagar also held positions with UMB Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for new deal underwriting, portfolio monitoring and risk ratings analysis, and Central Bancompany, where he was a Loan Review Analyst. Mr. Hagar received a BSBA in Finance from the University of Missouri. He also holds an MBA in Finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Investment Criteria

Atlantic Street Capital seeks opportunities with established and fundamentally sound companies that will benefit from capital investment and value-adding strategic and operational initiatives. We take companies to the next level whether they are smaller enterprises looking to develop into market leading businesses, or companies facing operational or financial difficulties.

The following summarizes our investment criteria:


Industry Focus

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Business Services
  • Basic Manufacturing

Company Profile

  • Fundamentally sound, established companies
  • Revenues between $25 to $150 million
  • Headquartered in the U.S. or Canada

Company Situations

  • Desire to develop from niche industry player to regional or national leader
  • Ownership or management transition
  • Financial and/or operationally challenged
  • Other business and/or transactional challenges


Transaction Types

  • Buyouts
  • Recapitalizations
  • Corporate carve-outs
  • Restructurings
  • Bankruptcies

Investment Structure

  • Investment between $5 million to $20 million of equity including platform and add-on acquisitions
  • Common stock / preferred stock / debt + warrants
  • Board control; >50% equity ownership
  • Investment horizon of 2 to 4 years

For more insight, please contact

Grant Marcks

What to Exspect

Before Investment

  • Meet with Atlantic Street team and introduce key management personnel
  • Share current business processes and company operations
  • Jointly align goals and objectives
  • Discuss and reach mutually agreeable target price
  • Enter into exclusivity period
  • Atlantic Street conducts deep due diligence
  • Collaborate on post acquisition operational plan
  • Complete financing and close deal

  • After Investment

  • Preserve company culture and maintain core values
  • Communicate regularly with Atlantic Street team
  • Define business strategy and key initiatives
  • Establish steering committee and performance reporting process
  • Recruit new hires to fill critical needs
  • Implement post acquisition operational plan
  • Identify and execute infrastructure investments
  • Develop incentive compensation programs

  • Ongoing Partnership

  • Refine business strategy
  • Implement strategic, operational and organizational improvements
  • Develop and carry out acquisition strategy
  • Deploy capital as required to expand capacity and enhance technology and systems
  • Measure performance