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Harris Williams & Co. Advises Innovative XCessories & Services on its Sale to Olympus Partners

August 22, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, is pleased to announce the sale of Innovative XCessories & Services, LLC (IXS), a portfolio company of Graham Partners, to Olympus Partners. IXS is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of products and services that enable vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket dealers to create unique, customized vehicles for their consumers. As the only end to end vehicle customization platform, IXS serves the aftermarket through nearly 450 franchisees who operate under its well-known LINE-X brand and serve vehicle manufactures through a network of co-located upfit facilities across North America. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to IXS. The transaction was jointly led by John Neuner and Corey Benjamin from Harris Williams & Co.’s Consumer Group and Jason BassJoe Conner, and James O’Malley from the firm’s Transportation & Logistics (T&L) Group.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises Mister Car Wash on its Sale to Leonard Green & Partners, LP

August 21, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of Mister Car Wash, the largest operator of full-service and express car washes in the country and a portfolio company of ONCAP, to Leonard Green & Partners, LP (Leonard Green). Harris Williams & Co. acted as lead financial advisor to Mister Car Wash.  The transaction, which closed on August 21, 2014, was led by Joe ConnerJason BassJershon Jones, and Jeff Kidd of Harris Williams & Co.’s Transportation & Logistics (T&L) Group, and Chris Williams from the firm’s Richmond office.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises Callison, LLC on its Pending Sale to ARCADIS

August 21, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces that Callison, LLC (Callison), a global architecture and interior design firm and portfolio company of Blue Point Capital Partners (Blue Point), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ARCADIS NV (ENXTAM: ARCAD). ARCADIS is a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Through the cross-border pending acquisition, ARCADIS intends to leverage the activities of Callison with the existing capabilities of its subsidiary RTKL to create a global leader in high level design and architecture.  Harris Williams & Co. is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Callison.  The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014 and is subject to approval by Chinese authorities (for operations in China) and customary closing requirements. It is being led by John Neuner of Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office and Todd MorrisMatt Conaty, and Zach England of Harris Williams & Co.’s San Francisco office.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises California Cryobank, Inc. on its Sale to Longitude Capital and NovaQuest Capital

August 20, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the acquisition of California Cryobank, Inc. (CCB) by Longitude Venture Partners II, L.P. (Longitude) and NovaQuest Pharma Opportunities Fund III, L.P. (NovaQuest). CCB is a global leader in reproductive tissue donor services and storage and stem cell banking. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to CCB. The transaction closed on August 19, 2014 and was led by Todd MorrisAndy Dixon, and Andrew Hewlett of Harris Williams & Co.’s Healthcare and Life Sciences (HCLS) Group.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises SafeWorks on its Sale to Evergreen Pacific Partners

August 7, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of SafeWorks, portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd. (Wynnchurch), to Evergreen Pacific Partners. SafeWorks is a leading manufacturer and distributor of powered suspended access and safety solutions. The transaction was led by Patrick Hanraty, managing director in the Harris Williams & Co.’s Philadelphia office. 

Harris Williams & Co. Advises ABRA Auto Body & Glass on its Pending Sale to Hellman & Friedman

August 6, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the pending sale of ABRA Auto Body & Glass (ABRA), a portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC (Palladium), to Hellman & Friedman LLC (H&F). ABRA is a recognized leader in collision repair, paintless dent removal, and auto glass repair and replacement. Harris Williams & Co. is serving as lead advisor on the transaction.  The transaction, which is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2014 and is subject to customary closing conditions, is being led by Frank MountcastleJoe ConnerJershon JonesChris Williams, and James O’Malley from the firm’s Transportation & Logistics (T&L) Group.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises United Site Services on its Sale to Calera Capital

August 5, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of United Site Services (USS), a leading provider of portable sanitation, temporary fencing, and related site services, to Calera Capital. USS is majority owned by affiliates of GSO Capital Partners, LP (GSO) and Angelo, Gordon & Co. The transaction, which closed on August 5, 2014, was led by Michael HoganRyan NelsonMarshall Croft, and Taylor Morris in Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises Ross Aviation on its Sale to Landmark Aviation

August 1, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces that Ross Aviation has been acquired by Landmark Aviation, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group. Ross Aviation is a leading chain of fixed base operations (FBOs), with a network of 20 locations in major cities and resort destinations throughout the United States. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Ross Aviation, a portfolio company of Centre Partners Management LLC. The transaction was led by Chris Rogers, Jon Nemo, Doug Kinard and Chris Smith from Harris Williams & Co.’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services (ADG) Group.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises Solectria Renewables, LLC as it Becomes a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Yaskawa Electric Corporation

July 18, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, is pleased to announce that Solectria Renewables, LLC (Solectria), a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, and Yaskawa Electric Corporation (Yaskawa) have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa will acquire Solectria through its U.S. subsidiary, Yaskawa America, Inc. The pending transaction, signed on July 17, 2014, is subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is being led by Jeff Bistrong, managing director, and Tyler Dewing, director, of Harris Williams & Co.’s Boston office.

Harris Williams & Co. Advises Double Negative on its Merger with Prime Focus World

July 15, 2014

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, is pleased to announce the merger of Double Negative (DNeg), one of the largest visual effects services providers to the global film industry, with Prime Focus World. Prime Focus World is the creative services subsidiary of Indian-listed global media and entertainment services leader Prime Focus Limited. The merger will be funded by an investment of equity capital in Prime Focus Limited by Reliance MediaWorks and Prime Focus Limited’s existing promoters, Naresh and Namit Malhotra. Reliance MediaWorks is a subsidiary of Reliance ADA Group, one of India’s foremost business conglomerates. As part of the deal, Prime Focus Limited will acquire the Indian and overseas assets and business of Reliance MediaWorks’ Film and Media Services division. The merger of the three entities will create one of the world’s largest independent creative services providers with 5,500 employees around the globe. The merger closed on July 15, 2014 and was led by Thierry Monjauze of Harris Williams & Co.’s London office.

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