Arlington Capital Advisors taps Kraus as MD

Arlington Capital Advisors LLC has named William R. Kraus as a managing director. Previously, Kraus worked at Antares Capital where he served as a managing director.


Birmingham, AL – April 6, 2017, Arlington Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique investment bank that specializes in advising consumer businesses, announced today that longtime restaurant and consumer financier, William R. “Bill” Kraus has joined the firm as a Managing Director. At Arlington, Bill will concentrate on cultivating private equity sponsor relationships and on further strengthening the debt capital markets capabilities of Arlington’s growing consumer advisory practice.

“We are very excited to have Bill join the Arlington team,” said Vann Russell, Managing Partner of Arlington Capital Advisors. “Over the past 10 years, Bill has been one of the most influential financiers in the restaurant industry and we look forward to supporting him and his efforts to build our debt capital markets and sponsor coverage practice areas. Bill’s addition marks a significant expansion in our capabilities and practice areas of focus and will add even more velocity to Arlington’s recent growth and momentum. “

Prior to joining Arlington, Bill was a Managing Director with Antares Capital, a leading provider of financing solutions for middle market, private equity backed companies where he managed numerous West Coast private equity relationships. Prior to Antares, Bill spent 20 years with GE Capital, culminating with a 10-year role as Senior Managing Director with GE Capital Franchise Finance in Scottsdale, AZ where he specialized in leveraged finance transactions for middle market restaurant businesses.

Prior to GE Capital Franchise Finance, Bill was Managing Director with GE Sponsor Finance in New York, where he managed relationships with numerous private equity firms.

He holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and resides in Scottsdale with his wife and four children. Bill can be reached at

About Arlington Capital Advisors
Arlington Capital Advisors, LLC is a boutique investment bank that specializes in providing M&A advisory services to middle market and emerging growth companies with enterprise values of $25 million to $1.5 billion. Arlington focuses on providing tailored, strategic advice to our clients, including sell-side and buy-side mergers and acquisitions, sourcing growth capital, debt capital and other capital-centric strategic alternatives for businesses across a wide array of industries including a specific focus and expertise in all consumer subsectors: consumer products, consumer services, restaurants, retail and franchising. Securities offered through M&A Securities Group, Inc. M&A Securities Group, Inc. and Arlington Capital Advisors are not affiliated companies. For more information on Arlington Capital Advisors, please visit