Jeff McClure is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Freedom Capital. Jeff’s financial management and investment banking career spans four decades and three major financial crises. He has provided financial management, advisory and capital markets services for nearly $15 billion of transactions for middle market companies. Jeff founded The Bear Companies, an independent boutique investment bank in 2005 to provide financing and advisory services to real estate and financial services companies through the debt, equity and structured finance markets. Under his direction, the firm has provided over $1.5 billion of capital to its target sectors; completed $800 million of restructuring transactions; and provided due diligence and loan valuation services on $5 billion of bank loan portfolios for government agencies and private sector clients.
In 2005, McClure led The Bear Companies’ creation and capitalization of Kodiak Funding, LP through a strategic joint venture. He led the completion of two equity capital raises totaling over $250 million and two CDO transactions with total proceeds of over $1.5 billion. While The Bear Companies’ primary role was underwriting and structuring collateral, Mr. McClure also directed Kodiak’s interface with credit rating agencies, monoline insurers, warehouse lenders, investment banks and domestic and international investors.
Following the credit crisis, McClure lead The Bear Companies’ push into corporate restructuring. His efforts have resulted in The Bear Companies’ role as dealer manager in over $500 million of bank holding company debt restructuring transactions and $300 million of non-bank finance company restructuring transactions. In addition, he has led the firm’s effort in developing its loan review and valuation practice, which has completed loan review assignments on over $5 billion of bank loan portfolios.
Prior to founding The Bear Companies, Mr. McClure spent five years at Friedman Billings Ramsey, serving most recently as a Managing Director in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group. While at FBR, Mr. McClure raised over $4 billion of debt and equity for real estate investment trusts and real estate companies through public offerings and private placements. Jeff McClure has BBA in Finance from Texas A&M and a JD with distinction from George Mason University.