David Lesser, Managing Partner

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Dave Lesser founded Klarian Capital Group in 1994 based upon a deep respect for and desire to work with entrepreneurs. David has in depth knowledge of the dynamics of growing businesses and his professionalism and sophistication are exemplified by his record of developing long-term business and personal relationships with his clients. Klarian provides Boutique Investment Banking, Financial and Strategic Consulting and Real Estate Services. In combination, David also is the Managing Partner of David M. Lesser & Associates, a boutique commercial law firm with its own unique value proposition.

Before identifying the need for sophisticated financial advisory services in the entrepreneurial marketplace, David practiced finance, corporate and real estate law for over 15 years, completing his legal career as a partner at the firm now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman, which is one of Chicago's preeminent commercial law firms and enjoys a unique reputation for serving the interests of entrepreneurs.  In his law practice, David assumed primary responsibility for transactions ranging in size to well over $500 million and involving a wide range of publicly held clients, private companies with revenues of up to more than $400 million and real estate ventures.  These matters included mergers of public companies, all forms of real estate finance and development, secured and unsecured corporate financings and a wide range of public and private debt restructurings. 

Klarian’s true differentiator is David's special ability to understand and counsel the entrepreneur, drawing upon over 30 years of transactional, consulting and legal experience to formulate and execute business strategies that balance enterprising zeal and risk mitigation. Leveraging his financial, strategic and operating expertise, David has successfully shepherded clients through growth and operating capital financings, acquisition and divestiture transactions, material strategic relationships, turnaround efforts and other initiatives. He has helped clients increase revenues, profits and enterprise value and has been a long-time advisor to the company honored as the No. 1 business on the 2010 Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast Fifty” list. In addition, David has provided a variety of consulting services to operating companies in a range of industries and to real estate ventures.

David graduated from Brown University in 1977, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980 and is an Illinois licensed attorney.  He also holds Illinois and Indiana real estate brokerage licenses and he is an Illinois registered business broker.  David has served as a principal, officer, director or advisory board member of various real estate development, investment and syndication enterprises.  He has also served as a director and legal advisor for several charitable organizations and a managing principal of Klarian affiliates e-Capital Advisors (technology strategic alliance intermediary), Klarian Investment Company (real estate syndication/development) and Kirin Finance Company (private real estate equity investor).