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Private Equity, M&A Advisory and Capital Raise solutions for private companies

What We Do


FCL Capital Partners offers M&A Advisory and Capital Raise solutions to private companies. Our goal is to match clients with the most effective capital providers through the breadth of our product and market knowledge creating tailored solutions for individual needs. 



  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Debt & Equity Capital Raise
  • Special Situations & Restructuring

Private Equity

FCL Capital Partners makes majority and minority investments in promising, growth-oriented companies. We partner with driven entrepreneurs and leaders to effect transformative change across various industries.


At FCL, we prioritize preserving the culture established by the founder since we believe a company’s culture is crucial to success. Our goal is to align interests to carry your business through its next stages of growth and development, while treating you like a partner and leaving your legacy in place. We offer strategic, operational, recruiting, and financial management services, utilizing our internal expertise and external network.

Who We Serve

We serve lower middle market and startup companies seeking to sell their business,  acquire other companies, or raise additional capital for growth, buyout, restructuring and recapitalization.


Industries of focus


Selling a business is a complex venture that involves several considerations and requires careful planning. As a seller, your goal should be to prepare the company well, making it as desirable as possible for buyers to not only drive the highest possible price but also attract the best terms and conditions.


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Private equity (PE) transactions are complex and multi-faceted investments that involve a significant amount of capital. In these transactions, the purchase price of a target company is typically composed of several different components, each with its own unique set of terms and conditions.


In this article, we will examine the six primary components of the purchase price in a private equity transaction: cash, third-party financing, seller notes, rollover equity, earnouts, and escrow.


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Who We Are

Rafael De Paoli

Founder & CEO


Over 20 years of Investment Banking and Restructuring experience at bulge bracket investment banks and hedge funds advising public and private companies in various industries including consumer & retail, technology, energy, and transportation & logistics.


Trusted advisor to founders, C-Level executives and financial sponsors with lead roles representing over $55 billion in global Equity & Debt Capital Markets, M&A, Leveraged Finance and Project Finance. Also advised Treasury teams in various areas including foreign exchange, interest rate derivatives and working capital optimization.


Extensive restructuring advisory experience working with distressed companies in debtor-in-possession financings, plans of reorganization, 363 asset sales, distressed for control investments and out of court restructurings.

Paulo Zottolo

Strategic Partner, Consumer & Retail


Former CEO of Philips Latin America and Nivea USA & Brazil with over 30 years of operational restructuring and M&A experience in the consumer sector.


Earlier in his career, Paulo was a Marketing Director for Tyco Europe where he was responsible for the company’s growth strategy in the continent including numerous acquisitions of B2B companies.


In 2011, moved to the U.S. where he founded and sold a successful startup in the beverage sector. Paulo built a solid reputation and differentiated career in the executive world by challenging the status quo, working hard and overcoming many challenges along the way.

Duncan Caird

Strategic Partner, Project Finance 


Highly experienced project finance and infrastructure banker with over 30 years of experience leading global advisory teams, and structuring debt & equity cross border transactions.


Former Co-Head of the Real Assets and Structured Finance Group, Americas for HSBC based in New York, where he has worked since 2006 in various leadership roles. Led a professional team of 50 banking and advisory professionals offering structured finance solutions to clients across the Americas, with team based in NY, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Services included lending, advisory services (in both debt & M&A); ratings & structuring advice; renewables (tax equity, lending, acquisition financing, bridges, USPP); project, energy (O&G, RBL, power), offshore assets and infrastructure finance; capital call facilities; securitization; and trade finance.


His experience ranges across structuring and investing equity, mezzanine and senior debt in broader infrastructure sector, monitoring project delivery, as well as extensive public and private sector advisory. He was responsible for a $7 billion loan portfolio with associated risk management responsibilities.


Prior to HSBC, Duncan worked in London and New Zeeland with CIT Bank, Bank of America, MUFG and Westpac.

Companies We Have Worked With...

Disclaimer – The referenced companies have maintained relationships with FCL Capital Partners and or its staff even through previous employment. Logos of the referenced companies are the property of those companies and are solely used for referenced purposes. Such citations should not be viewed as direct or indirect endorsement.


Vega Produce LLC


 “It was a pleasure working with FCL. We interviewed several investment bankers but FCL’s seasoned team with deep knowledge of the industry clearly stood out. They worked tirelessly to create a competitive sale process and achieve the best possible outcome for the shareholders of Vega Produce. We are extremely pleased with the end result.”


— Alejandro Toro, Founder & CEO

Goba Capital Inc.


“With support from FCL, we can continue to pursue our growth strategy. They designed a financing solution that fits our needs today while providing flexibility for future growth. FCL’s in-depth product knowledge and breadth of market relationships are superior to many large financial institutions and were a key factor to a successful outcome.”


— Noel Marsden, CFO

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Suite 2700

Miami, FL 33131


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