WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                   SCHEDULE TO
                                 (Rule 14d-100)

            TENDER OFFER STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 14(d)(1) OR 13(e)(1)
                     OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                             HELLER FINANCIAL, INC.
                       (Name of Subject Company (Issuer))

                        HAWK ACQUISITION CORP. (OFFEROR)
                          a wholly-owned subsidiary of

(Names of Filing Persons (Identifying Status as Offeror, Issuer or Other

                Class A Common Stock, par value $0.25 per share;
                 Class B Common Stock, par value $0.25 per share
                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                             (Class A Common Stock)

                      (CUSIP Number of Class of Securities)

                              Nancy E. Barton, Esq.
                      General Electric Capital Corporation
                               260 Long Ridge Road
                           Stamford, Connecticut 06927
                                 (203) 357-8000
                 (Name, Address and Telephone Numbers of Person
  Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications on Behalf of Filing Persons)

                                    COPY TO:

                             Thomas A. Roberts, Esq.
                             Raymond O. Gietz, Esq.
                           Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
                                767 Fifth Avenue
                            New York, New York 10153
                                 (212) 310-8000


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Analyst Talking Points

Overall Points

o        We announced the acquisition of Heller Financial, Inc for $5.3B in cash
         or $53.75 per share
         >>       Nearly $20B in assets purchased
         >>       Accretive Immediately

o        Heller is a well respected company
         >>       Well run
         >>       Good people--many former GE Employees
         >>       Good Customers
         >>       Has done well financially

About Heller

o        Commercial Financing Company specializing in Small to Middle Market
         Customers ($5MM to $250MM revenues)

o        Comprised of Six Major Businesses
         >>       ABL/Cash Flow Lending
         >>       Real Estate Finance
         >>       Leasing Services
         >>       International Factoring
         >>       Healthcare Finance
         >>       Small Business Finance

o        HQ in Chicago--2,500 employees
o        Operates Principally in 5 locations--Chicago; Paris; Troy, Michigan;
         Chevy Chase, Maryland; London
o        2000 Assets $20+ B
o        2000 Net Income $261MM ('01 Estimate approximately $300MM)
o        2000 ROE 12.7%
o        Excellent Portfolio
         >>       Net writedowns to average lending assets have averaged .7% per
                  year from 1998 to 2000
         >>       Non earning assets have been under 2% each year since 1998
         >>       60 day delinquencies have averaged between 1.5% and 1.7% from
                  1998 to 2000

Benefits from Heller

o        Down the center Middle Market Commercial Business (compelling strategic
         >>       Huge benefit to our customers
         >>       Approximate 68% increase in assets for CF--creates premier
                  global commercial services provider operating in 35+ countries
         >>       Additive to CEF--increased front end capabilities and expanded
                  customer reach
         >>       Additive to CRE--creates additional access to mid market real
                  estate customers and distribution channels
         >>       Additive to VFS--Complimentary vendor programs and products;
                  expands global presence; state of the art e-commerce platform
         >>       Modest additions from Capital Finance (Aviation, EMX and
                  Technology Finance)

o        New Markets, Products, Geographies
         >>       Expands Factoring Business in Europe, especially in France
                  with FactoFrance
                  >>       GECS $4B; Heller $13B
         >>       Expands Healthcare Finance--approximately 55% increase in
                  >>       GECS $3.5B; Heller $2B
         >>       Niche Mid Market Real Estate Expertise (Timeshare and Senior
                  Assisted Living)

o        Controllership/Risk Management
         >>       Conservatively Run
         >>       Excellent Risk Mgmt Disciplines & Tools

o        Great Growth Opportunity
         >>       Global reach and improved cost position will enhance asset
         >>       Because of capital allocation and forced prioritization on
                  opportunities, growth may have been limited. The business can
                  do more with capital backing!

o        Consolidating Economics
         >>       35% cost synergies projected
         >>       Keep Europe as stand alone
         >>       Rationalize shared services in US
         >>       Intense focus on retaining Sales, Distribution and Customers

o        Excellent cultural fit (will work to keep best people)
         >>       Strong Risk Management Philosophy
         >>       Employer of Choice Orientation
         >>       Diversification
         >>       High Integrity Standards
         >>       Similar Operating Rigor and Discipline
         >>       Commitment to Quality
         >>       Best Practice Sharing

Financial Benefits for GECS

o        Limited '01 impact as it will close late in the year
o        Solidifies 2001 Asset Estimate of $425B
o        For '02 and '03, solidifies upper end of the range of what GECS
         typically delivers (15% to 17%) in net income
         >>       Possible Upside
         >>       Will add approximately $1B in net income on a pro forma basis
                  over the next 3 years


Anticipated Q&As

Deal Rationale

Why is GE Capital making this acquisition?
o    GE Capital and Heller are a compelling strategic fit that offers enhanced
     products and services to our customers and great growth opportunities for
     our businesses.

Are there any redundancies in this acquisition since you operate in the same
o    We believe there are extensive, easily attainable operating synergies
     between the two businesses as well as complementary products and
     capabilities to benefit customers worldwide.

     From Heller, we gain:
     o    Expanded capabilities to serve mid-market finance customers which will
          enhance capabilities for CF, CEF, CRE and VFS
     o    New international platforms in factoring
     o    Innovative offerings in healthcare finance
     o    Niche mid-market real estate expertise (time share and senior assisted

     GEC provides:
     o    Financial strength, offering Heller's customers cost-effective
          solutions for growth
     o    The ability to use its balance sheet, productivity measures and
          acquisitions expertise to maximize the value of this acquisition
          quickly and enhance asset s, earnings growth and profitability.

     Together we share:
     o    Strong risk management philosophy
     o    Quality orientation
     o    Customer focus
     o    Breadth of talent with technical skill and experience
     o    E-Commerce capabilities

o    After the transaction closes and Heller has been fully integrated into GE
     Capital, we are projecting operating savings that will come primarily
     through the elimination of redundant systems and back office integration.

o    We see a number of cross-sell opportunities to complementary customer

How will the current state of the economy impact this deal?
o    Actually, both GE Capital and Heller are performing well against the
     backdrop of the recent economic slowdown. Both companies are seeing a high
     volume of new business opportunities with improved pricing in the market.
o    While the U.S. economy is softening, GE and GE Capital operate in over 100
     countries across the world in many different lines of business, giving us
     the benefit of being highly diversified both by product and geography.
o    Those same benefits will apply to Heller's business as we promote their
     product offering across a broader customer base, on a worldwide basis.


Why is it only a cash-based offer?
o    Because we have the cash and believe a cash offer maximizes shareowners'
     value and eliminates volatility caused by stock market fluctuations.

On what basis did you arrive at the premium?
o    We analyzed the transaction from several perspectives and the premium has
     to meet the following hurdles: earnings accretion, earnings growth, ROIC,
     ROI, and maintaining our current credit rating.
o    We are very disciplined in our financial analysis and believe that this
     deal will deliver attractive returns to our shareowners.

Is this transaction immediately accretive to earnings?
o    Yes

What earnings impact do you expect?
o    We expect Heller to contribute about $250 million in the first year and
     approximately $1 billion over three years. This transaction will be
     immediately accretive to earnings.

How do you plan to fund this acquisition?
o    The acquisition of Heller will be funded through existing working capital.
     The offer is not contingent upon outside financing.

What is the basis for the valuation of the offer?
o    Together with our outside financial advisors, we have conducted a thorough
     analysis of Heller. We have concluded that paying 17.7 x Heller's 2002E
     price to earnings and 2.3 x Heller's book value is in-line with recent
     precedent transactions.


What is the premium on Heller's share price that this offer represents?
o    49 percent as of July 27. 41 percent based on the one-month average share
     price. This pricing is very consistent with similar transactions.
o    At this price, the transaction will be immediately accretive to earnings.

Won't this deal impact your credit ratings?
o    No

Fuji owns stock representing 77% of the vote. Do you have a lock up on those
o    Fuji has signed a "shareholder support agreement" in which it has committed
     to tender its shares to us in a tender offer.

Can Fuji sell its shares to someone else before tendering them to you?
o    No

Is Fuji fully committed to this transaction? o Yes, Fuji is fully supportive of
the deal.

Is there a break up fee?
o    If there is an unsolicited bid, which the Heller board determines is
     superior to our offer, GE Capital has the right to match it. Finally, if GE
     Capital decides not to match the third party's offer and Heller agrees to
     merge with that entity, we will be entitled to a break-up fee of $200
     million which any bidder would have to incur.

Which parts of Heller do you plan to sell off after the deal is closed?
o    We believe there are tremendous synergies between our businesses. Past
     that, it's too early to discuss specifics of integration and overlap. After
     we attain all approvals, we can look at these issues more closely.

Regulatory Issues

What regulatory agencies will need to approve this deal? The European
o    Several regulatory agencies in many jurisdictions, including the European
     Commission, are likely to be involved in reviewing a transaction such as
     this one.


Do you expect approval on this deal? By when?
o    We believe this transaction is good news for Heller and GE shareowners and
     customers worldwide. Several regulatory agencies in several jurisdictions
     are likely to participate in the review, and we don't propose to speculate
     on a schedule. That's really a question for the regulators.


Wasn't JW personally involved?
o    Like GE Capital, JW was enthusiastic about the synergies and value offered
     by this transaction. JW was instrumental in the final negotiations of the

How will this deal impact GE and its stock?
o    We think solidifying mid-to-high double digit earnings growth reduces risk.
     We believe that Heller is an excellent acquisition opportunity and in line
     with the growth and acquisition targets that we have set with GE. We do not
     allow short-term movements in our stock price to dictate our business

Won't this deal make GE Capital even more significant within GE?
o    No. Many parts of GE, such as Power Systems and Medical Systems, are
     experiencing strong growth. Even with Heller, GE Capital will remain in the
     low to mid 40% of the Company's earnings. GE is pleased to have 40%+ of its
     earnings growing consistently at 15-20%.

o    This acquisition is in line with the growth model that we have developed
     with GE. It will support our efforts to achieve our high double-digit
     growth targets for 2002.

Who is leading the takeover and integration effort?
o    Once the transaction closes, the integration will be led by Mike Neal,
     president of GE Capital. In addition, within each business line there will
     be an integration leader.
o    GE Capital has made over 400 acquisitions in the past 10 years and the
     leaders of each business line are proven operators and integrators. Because
     of the great fit between Heller and GE Capital, we are confident that the
     integration effort can be done quickly with little disruption to the
     employees and customers of both companies.



How will this acquisition impact employees?
o    We always look to hire the best-of-the-best people.
o    We will look to Heller employees to help us grow GE Capital.
o    Like all transactions, this one will no doubt impact some employees.
     However, we are committed to working closely with Heller leadership to
     ensure a fair and collaborative transition process.

In what businesses do you see the greatest overlap of employees?
o    We can't comment on that yet. We still need to go through regulatory review
     and close the transaction before beginning the integration process.

Corporate Reputation

How much time did you spend on due diligence?
o    Our most senior leaders spent significant time with Heller and we believe
     that the due diligence process was sufficient for this transaction. In
     addition, we have extensive knowledge of Heller's businesses and services
     as well as substantial acquisition experience.

How much are acquisitions a part of your business model?
o    Our business model is to build our business through a combination of
     acquisitions, organic growth and productivity improvements.

Heller / Fuji

Will the Heller name be maintained in any of the businesses?
o    It's too early to tell. Both companies have very strong relationships with
     customers. We will evaluate these issues upon completion of the

What percentage of Heller does Fuji own? o Fuji has a 53% economic interest in
the company.

Why is Fuji selling its stake in Heller?
o    That's a question for Fuji to answer.


French Market

What is GE Capital's view of the factoring business in France?
o    GEC believes that factoring in France and across Europe is a growing and
     dynamic service, and one in which we are keen to be more involved. This
     acquisition fits well with our existing French operation and means that it
     will be more competitively positioned for growth.


GE Capital Employee E- mail Announcing Rover - Final

Dear GE Capital Associates:

We are pleased to announce that GE Capital has signed an agreement to acquire
Heller Financial, pending appropriate regulatory approvals. With $20 billion in
total assets, Heller is a world-class company with a strong market focus and
sound underwriting and financial disciplines. We are very excited about this
transaction and the opportunities for growth that it brings. This acquisition
will significantly strengthen our global financial offerings and market

As you know, GE Capital's business model is based on a combination of
acquisitions, organic growth and productivity to drive growth. Our acquisition
of Heller is a perfect example of our strategy in action. Its core products and
services closely complement our own in commercial finance, equipment leasing,
and real estate finance.

Heller's strong brand in the middle market finance sector, in particular, will
allow GE Capital to bolster its capabilities and offerings. In addition, Heller
provides us with two new platforms. Heller's international platforms in
factoring, particularly in Europe, will position GE Capital for new success.
And, Heller's expertise in the growing healthcare industry adds exciting new
financial products.

Globally, we will be able to provide our customers with an even greater depth
and breadth of products and services. Heller's impressive intellectual talent
and drive for excellence will help us continue our focus on the customer.

From our due diligence efforts, we already know that our cultures are compatible
and we both operate by similar values. Both organizations share a deep
understanding of the financing industry as well as a commitment to quality and
credit risk diligence. We also have a common passion for "customer centricity."
Through best practice sharing, including Six Sigma quality processes and
digitization efforts, we will be able to quickly drive productivity and cost
improvements and accelerate the company's future growth. Once the transaction is
closed, these similarities will help facilitate a seamless integration of Heller
into our GE Capital businesses. Because of the importance of this deal, we have
asked Mike Neal to lead the company-wide integration planning effort.

Heller opens up many doors of opportunity, increases our net income, gives us a
stronger customer base, and adds great talent to our organization, allowing our
businesses to accelerate their expansion plans. This acquisition will help GE
Capital solidify its high double-digit growth targets for 2002 and enhances the
collective capabilities of GE Capital to better serve customers.

Denis and Mike

G                                                                    GE CAPITAL

Dear Heller Associates:

Dick Almeida has informed you about GE Capital's agreement to acquire Heller
Financial, pending appropriate regulatory approvals. We are very excited about
this transaction and the opportunities for growth that it brings to both our
companies. In the spirit of Heller's "Straight talk. Smart deals." approach, I
would like to take this opportunity to share with you some insight into our
business model, culture and this transaction.

GE Capital's business model combines acquisitions, organic growth and
productivity to drive further growth. Our acquisition of Heller is an excellent
example of our strategy in action. Globally, we will be able to provide our
respective customers with an even greater depth of products and services,
solidifying high double-digit growth targets for 2002.

We consider our culture another integral contributor to our success. At GE
Capital, you will find an environment of "stretch," excitement and trust, where
we reward and celebrate results. We foster an atmosphere in which anyone can
deliver a view or an idea to anyone else, and will be listened to and valued,
regardless of the seniority of any party involved. Informality is an operating
philosophy as well as a cultural characteristic, and will be at the center of
our integration efforts.

When we make an acquisition, we look for a good fit. With Heller, we've
certainly got that - a strong business, product depth and geographic reach - but
what makes this special for us is your intellectual capital. GE Capital is well
known for its management development programs and "home grown" talent. What you
might not know is how highly we value the diverse experience of employees who
have developed their expertise outside the GE family. In fact, more than 50% of
GE Capital's employee population has less than five years of GE service, most
having joined the company through acquisitions. We look forward to bringing
together our organizations once the transaction closes and, in the process,
adding a lot of very talented people to our team. We also acknowledge the impact
this transaction will have on some employees, and are committed to working
closely with Heller leadership to ensure these individuals are treated fairly.

From our due diligence efforts, we already know our cultures and values are
compatible. Both organizations focus passionately on driving customer success.
We insist on excellence and always operate with an underlying commitment to
integrity. We also share an emphasis on being performance-based and an Employer
of Choice. Once the transaction is closed, I am confident that the similarities
between our organizations will help facilitate a smooth integration. Because of
the importance of Heller to the GE Capital organization, we have asked Mike
Neal, GE Capital's President and Chief Operating Officer, to lead the
company-wide integration planning effort.

So, an early welcome to this wonderful opportunity, where together we can build
a Company that will be shaped by an unswerving focus on serving customers and
where individuals are rewarded on performance and delivering results. We look
forward to working with you.

/s/ Denis Nayden                          /s/ Mike Neal
Denis Nayden                              Mike Neal
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer      President and Chief Operating Officer