Awards & Representative Transactions
Burn Stewart Distillers Limited
We were pleased to act as international buy-side advisor to The Distell Group Ltd of South Africa (XJSE:DST) who acquired BSD from CL World Brands Limited (UK and Trinidad). Burn Stewart Distillers Limited is one of Scotland’s premier producers of fine whiskies and has award winning brands, including Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Scottish Leader, Tobermory and Ledaig. Its assets included three single malt whisky distilleries and a strong portfolio of Scotch Whisky brands.
Border Foods, Inc.
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Mizkan of Japan, through their US subsidiary, Mizkan Americas. Border Foods are the largest processors of Green Chile, Jalapeño and Tomatillo peppers in North America. They also manufacture enchilada sauces. BFI were previously an investment of Allied Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ares Management LP (NYSE:ARES).
Thomas Hine & Co.
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to CL Financial Limited and CL World Brands Limited in respect of the sale of their subsidiary Thomas Hine & Co., one of the world’s finest cognac brands. Based in Jarnac, France, in the centre of the Cognac region, Hine is an ultra-premium brand which was founded by Thomas Hine in 1763. Hine is distinguished by its Royal Warrant and Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the Purveyor of cognacs to the Royal Household. Hine was acquired by Jakyval SA, the Luxembourg based acquirer of luxury brands.
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Cadbury Schweppes plc and develop a strategic divestment plan on their behalf for non-core assets. Introduced in the late 1800’s, Grandma’s® Molasses is one of America’s most established branded products. Grandma’s was previously owned by the Duffy-Mott Company, acquired by Cadbury Schweppes in 1982 from American Brands. Following the conduct of a global process, Grandma’s® Molasses was acquired by B&G Foods (NASDAQ: BGF).
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Cadbury Schweppes plc in conjunction with the successful sale of Holland House® to Mizkan Americas, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Mizkan Group, Japan. For over 50 years, Holland House® has been America’s preferred brand of cooking wines. Founded in 1804, Mizkan Group is Japan’s largest vinegar producer and a global manufacturer of condiments.
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Cadbury Schweppes plc in conjunction with the successful sale of Slush Puppie®, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Dr Pepper / Seven Up, Inc. (NYSE: DPS). Slush Puppie® is North America’s leading brand of frozen non-carbonated beverages. Slush Puppie® was acquired by J&J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ: JJSF).
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Mizkan Americas Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of the Mizkan Group, Japan on the Strategic Distribution Agreement with Angostura Bitters®, a global brand of Angostura Limited.
Florida Distillers Company
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Imperial Brands, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Belvedere S.A. (France) (ENXTPA:BVD) in conjunction with the successful sale of Florida Distillers Company (FDC) to Caribbean Distillers, a CC1 Companies LLC affiliate. Imperial Brands is famous for the growing popularity of its Sobieski Vodka brand.
Établissements DUGAS SAS
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to CL Financial Ltd. and its subsidiary, Angostura France SA in conjunction with the sale of Établissements DUGAS SAS to Groupe Chevrillon. Établissements DUGAS SAS is France’s leading specialist distributor of whisky and rum, with additional coverage of port, sherry, cognac and eaux-de-vie.
S. Fassbind AG
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to CL Financial Ltd and its subsidiary CL World Brands Ltd. in the successful sale of S. Fassbind AG. Fassbind is one of Switzerland’s most established commercial distillers, and the oldest continuing distilling operation in the country. Fassbind was acquired by Best Taste Trading of Switzerland.
World Harbors Inc.
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Mizkan Americas Inc. the wholly owned subsidiary of the Mizkan Group, Japan on the successful acquisition of World Harbors Inc. which manufactures gourmet marinades and sauces for meat, fish and poultry.
DFC European Subsidiaries
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Lone Star Funds in their sale of 19 European Subsidiaries in six jurisdictions of DFC Global, a leading provider of consumer finance products including short-term loans.
Dresdner Bank AG IRU Private Equity Portfolio
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to AIG Global Investment Group on the acquisition of the Dresdner Bank AG Institutional Restructuring Unit (IRU) Private Equity Portfolio. This transaction, representing one of the largest secondary transactions in history, included approximately 155 limited partnership interests and due diligence on approximately 1,200 companies.
Global Marine Systems Limited
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to HC2 Holdings Inc. & Zencor LLC in the acquisition of Global Marine Systems Limited (GMSL) through their acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Bridgehouse Marine Ltd. GMSL is one of the world’s leading providers of sub-sea cable installation and maintenance services with operations spanning the globe.
Global Marine Group
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to J.F. Lehman and Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of Global Marine Group, a leading provider of subsea cable maintenance and installation services to the telecommunications, offshore wind and utility markets worldwide.
Morrison Utility Services
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to First Reserve, one of the world’s largest infrastructure investment funds ($31 billion capital raised since inception), in the acquisition of Morrison Utility Services, a leading UK provider of utility infrastructure services.
G4S Utility Services
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to First Reserve and Morrison Utility Services in the follow-on acquisition of G4S Utility Services from G4S plc (LSE:GFS). G4S Utility Services is a leading provider of smart metering and outsourcing services in the UK.
Technology & Electronics
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Vishay Intertechnology in the successful acquisition of BC Components. BC Components is a leading manufacturer of capacitors and one of the world’s largest producers of passive electronic components.
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Vishay Intertechnology in the successful acquisition of Mallory, an advanced manufacturer of aluminum electrolytic and wet tantalum capacitors. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mallory is one of America’s best known electronic component brand names. Founded in 1916, the P.R. Mallory Company was the former parent of Duracell.
Brax Group Limited
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to Brax Group Limited in conjunction with the sale of Brax to Aventis Research and Technology GmbH.
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to KEMET Corporation in a sale of multiple non-confirming subsidiaries, which resulted in a sale of a significant minority interest sale for the group.
Cornell Dubilier Foil LLC
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to KEMET Corporation in conjunction with the acquisition of Cornell Dubilier Foil LLC. Cornell Dubilier Foil was formerly owned by Panasonic Corporation and is a major producer of electrolytic formed foil for use in electrolytic capacitors.
We were pleased to act as sell-side advisor to QSA Global, a portfolio company of Coller Capital on the sale of QSA Global to Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (NYSE:ITW). QSA Global is an industry innovator and produces one of the world’s most sophisticated pipeline analysis robots used to detect fractures in oil / gas and other pipelines. This preventive technology allows repairs to be made before a rupture can occur.
Biocompatibles International plc
We were pleased to act as buy-side advisor to Biocompatibles International plc (LSE:BII) in the successful acquisition of Divysio Limited the proprietary Canadian stent company. During the period of our activity with Biocompatibles, the company achieved a market capitalisation in excess of ₤1 billion, and was one of the fastest growth companies in the history of the London Stock Exchange for biotechnology.