Holly Smyth

Managing Director




Chicago, IL


  • MBA, Northwestern Univ., Kellogg School of Management
  • B.S., Business Administration, Miami University (Ohio)


  • Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago
  • Citizens Schools, Charitable Outreach
  • Executives' Club of Chicago
  • Mentoring & Tutoring, WITS
  • Orion International Advisors
  • Women's Initiative Committee, Head of Volunteer Activities
"Truth - more precisely an accurate understanding of reality - is the essential foundation for producing great outcomes." -- Ray Dalio

Managing Director Holly Smyth has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, providing financing solutions for independent, private equity, and family-owned middle market companies in the U.S. and Latin America.

Ms. Smyth has advised clients on various deal structures, including leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, and growth and acquisition financings. She has worked with clients in the industrial, transportation and logistics, business services, consumer products, and renewable energy sectors of the economy.

Prior to joining FocalPoint, Ms. Smyth was a Senior Vice President in commercial lending at BBVA U.S.A. She previously served as Senior Vice President in commercial lending at the Royal Bank of Scotland and as a Vice President in project finance at ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank. Ms. Smyth holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Select Featured Transactions

Debt Capital Markets/Industrials
Growth financing for a global manufacturer of high-value injection molded components, serving the consumer packaging, healthcare, and industrial end markets.

Debt Capital Markets/Transportation & Rail
Corporate restructuring for a family-owned global transportation asset services and management company.

Debt Capital Markets/Healthcare
Construction and growth financing for an orthopedics surgical and rehabilitation facility.

Debt Capital Markets/Business Services
Debt refinancing and growth recapitalization for a sponsor-owned environmental remediation company.

Debt Capital Markets/Industrials
Acquisition financing for a leading provider of light-duty automotive and industrial filtration solutions.

Debt Capital Markets/Industrials
Acquisition financing for a sponsor-owned manufacturer of iron castings, specializing in large, complex castings serving the agriculture, construction, and military markets.