BACKGROUND: LCR Capital Partners is a private investment firm that builds, operates and invests growth capital, primarily in the quick service restaurants (QSR), fast casual restaurants and hospitality sectors. We offer debt and equity capital to experienced operators and franchisors in the U.S.’s top franchised restaurant brands. LCR exclusively focuses on proven high-quality franchise brand Franchisors who meet our underwriting criteria.
LCR sources its capital from global high net worth investors seeking permanent residency within the guidelines of the EB-5 Investor Visa Program, a 25 year old program that encourages foreign investment in U.S. job- creating businesses. As a firm founded by first-generation U.S. immigrants, we understand first-hand the challenges and opportunities of building a new life in America and are committed to ensuring that all of our international investors and their families enjoy a timely and successful transition into the United States.
LCR FRANCHISE FINANCE: LCR Franchise Finance is the specialty lending arm of LCR Capital Partners. Its only business is making loans and equity investments to franchisors looking to build additional store locations.
The underwriting process is no different than any loan or investment process. The only additional information needed would be financial returns of the stores after they are already up and running, which is standard information in any loan agreement.
Another unique feature of the program is that nearly all loans are structured as INTEREST ONLY, thereby benefiting any franchisor looking to expand while keeping an eye on conserving cash flow to service the debt payments.
MANAGEMENT TEAM & TRACK RECORD: LCR and its affiliates have successfully deployed over $500 million of franchise loans to build over 3,000 stores as well as over $200 million of franchise operations and M&A experience. In addition, the firm has over $10 billion of real estate financing experience. Therefore, when it comes to one of the most important criteria an EB-5 investor should use when selecting a Regional Center [proven job-creation capability], LCR’s management team has created over 75,000 jobs over the last 20+ years.
LCR’s senior leadership team was assembled from many of the world’s leading global institutions including McKinsey & Co., EMP Global, JPMorgan Chase, Blackstone, UBS, Credit Suisse, Fox Point Capital, HSBC, Rio Bravo Investimentos, Nomura, INVESCO, Merrill Lynch, Frontier Strategy Group and the Corporate Executive Board.
Mr. Sweeney is the Chief Executive Officer for LCR Franchise Finance and a Partner and Co-Founder of LCR Capital Partners.
Mr. Sweeney had been in multiple senior level director positions at Praxair, Inc. for 31 years. Most recently, he was responsible for government and public relations in North America on the investment side of global industrial gas, coatings service technologies, distribution, and electronics businesses.
Prior to this position, he held leadership roles in global sales, operations, procurement and management of several of Praxair’s businesses, along with development of new technologies within Praxair’s research and development organization. He is a recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Award of Merit in Chemical Marketing and Economics for his advancement of the chemical industry. He was the keynote speaker in 2006 for the ACS on the global impact of ethanol and CO2 proliferation. He has been a presenter at the Institute for Professionals in Taxation on incentive and site location strategies, and at the Carbon Leadership Summit at Brown University. He is a Six Sigma Trained Black Belt and has served on multiple Boards over the years including his role as Director of the California Manufacturer’s & Technology Association and his service on the Wyoming Carbon Conversion Council, the LCA Education Committee, the Oklahoma Partnership, and many others.
Mr. Sweeney earned a BA in Chemistry from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from the Williams School of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also attended the Columbia School of Business Executive Program in leadership and strategy. He resides in Connecticut with his wife Michele and their two children.
Mr. Obolewicz is the Chief Operating Officer for LCR Franchise Finance. He is responsible for direct capital deployment to franchisee operators and daily operations within LCR Franchise Finance. His focus is on providing senior debt to brand name, mainstream franchise operations while developing strategic partners in the franchise finance industry.
Prior to joining LCR, Robert was a Managing Director at GE Capital within the Bank Loan Group. His experience at GE Capital covered leverage loan originations, underwriting, loan portfolio management, and six sigma quality. Within the Bank Loan Group, he was the primary buy side coverage & relationship manager for GE Capital’s Tier 1 & Tier II agent banks. Responsibilities focused on partnering with syndication agent banks to grow assets under management and leverage loan underwriting.
Robert maintains a high level of credit, capital markets, and work-out experience from actively managing a portfolio of leveraged loans and direct underwriting. His expertise in loan underwriting and originations drove significant on book leverage loan commitments and distressed debt investments. Prior to GE Capital, Robert worked for Asea Brown Boveri in their Financial Planning & Analysis group.
Robert received his MBA from Fairfield University in Finance and a BS in Finance and Economics from Fairfield University as well. Robert resides in Connecticut with his wife and three children.