Ares Capital Corp invests in middle market companies located in the US, and Canada. The fund targets companies operating in the fields of Health Care Services, Software & Services, Consumer Durables & Apparel, Energy, Food & Beverage, and Retail. It provides financing for buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings, rescue financing, growth capital and general refinancing. It invests in the form of entire capital structure in both debt and equity securities. It acts as a lead investor, and also takes a seat on the board of directors.