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Water Street: Finding a Middle-Market PE Niche

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

While many private equity investors appear to be focusing on the high and low ends of the device investment spectrum, Chicago-based Water Street Healthcare Partners is a firm carving its niche out of middle-market opportunities.

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