Founded in 1937, Mesirow Financial is an investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The firm's investment banking division offers sell-side advisory, corporate divestitures, buy-side advisory, private placements, debt advisory and recapitalizations advisory. Additionally, it offers corporate recovery and valuation, litigation and investigation and real estate development consulting services. The firm focuses on investing institutions, public sector entities, and broker-dealers. The firm's private equity division has invested in the private equity marketplace for a variety of institutional and high net worth clients. The firm has provided service in industries ranging from manufacturing and business services to distribution and information technology.