Franchise Finance 

The MidCap Financial Franchise Lending Group has a long history of working with top-tier franchise brands to provide flexible financing solutions for their franchisees, with a particular emphasis on the restaurant industry. Our capital can be used for a wide range of franchisee initiatives including refinancing, acquisitions, buyouts, development and remodeling. We offer structured term loans and development lines of credit, with commitments generally ranging from $5 million and up. Our experience, access to capital, ability to structure flexible financing solutions and to execute quickly make us the ideal partner for growth minded franchisors and operators.

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Bernard (Bernie) Lajeunesse
Managing Director & Product Head Franchise Finance • 215-280-9325

Bernard (Bernie) Lajeunesse is a Managing Director and Product Head of MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Mr. Lajeunesse has 30 years of diversified lending experience across multiple business sectors. Prior to MidCap Financial’s acquisition of PNC Bank’s Franchise Finance Business, Mr. Lajeunesse led that business for PNC and prior to that for ECN Capital. He was also the prior President of United Capital Business Lending and Healthcare Business Credit Corp. He has a B.S. in Management and Finance from LaSalle University and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program (AMP 170).

Chris Jones
Managing Director – Franchise Finance • 740-418-1291

Chris Jones is a Managing Director in MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. Jones worked in various sales, underwriting and portfolio management roles at CIT Group, TD Bank and GE Capital. He has a combined 15 years of finance experience with the last 10 focused solely on the restaurant finance industry. Mr. Jones holds a BBA from Ohio University with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.

John Bunch
Director – Franchise Finance • 206-300-9767

John Bunch is a Director and Originations Officer for MidCap Financial’s Franchise Finance lending group. Mr. Bunch has over 20 years of experience originating, negotiating, structuring and closing all types of senior debt facilities within the restaurant Franchise Finance space. Prior to joining MidCap Financial, Mr. Bunch worked for GE Capital Franchise for 10 years and PNC Franchise Finance for five years. Mr. Bunch holds a B.A. in International Relations/Economics from Colgate University.