October 13, 2016

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of the UK operations of Fitness First Group (Fitness First UK) to Dave Whelan Sports Limited (DW Sports). Fitness First UK is a leading full-service operator of fitness clubs focused on London and the South East UK. Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Fitness First UK, whose majority shareholders are funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. The transaction was completed by Harris Williams & Co.’s Consumer Group, led by Edward Arkus and Danielius Uznys of the firm’s London office. 

October 5, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, announces that Giles Tucker has joined the firm as a managing director in the Industrials Group. Tucker has more than 20 years of investment banking and management experience. Tucker was previously with Harris Williams & Co. for 13 years during which time he served as a managing director. Before returning to the firm, he co-founded investment management firm Blue Edge Capital, LLC. Tucker rejoining Harris Williams & Co. exemplifies the strength of the firm’s platform and the long-term relationships the firm has with its partners and employees.

October 3, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, announces the sale of Premium Franchise Brands, LLC (PFB) to Incline Equity Partners. PFB is a leading franchisor of commercial and residential cleaning services under the Jan-Pro and Maid Right brands. Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive advisor to PFB, a portfolio company of Webster Capital. The transaction was led by John Neuner and Brent Spiller of Harris Williams & Co.’s Consumer Group, Taylor Morris of the firm’s Business Services Group and Trey Balson of the firm’s Richmond office.

September 30, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, announces the sale of SPL Holdings, LLC (SPL) to Industrial Growth Partners (IGP). SPL is a leading provider of hydrocarbon testing, measurement, analysis and reporting services to the oil and gas industry in the U.S. Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive advisor to SPL, a portfolio company of Hastings Equity Partners, LLC (Hastings). The transaction was led by Matt White, Brian Lucas, Luke Semple, Chris Burnham, Michael Drummond and Adam Daigle of Harris Williams & Co.’s Energy, Power & Infrastructure Group.

September 26, 2016

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, has exclusively advised the shareholders of exocad GmbH (exocad), a provider of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software for the dental industry, on its sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group (Carlyle; NASDAQ: CG). With the acquisition, Carlyle continues its history of partnering with sector leaders with strong management teams, looking to accelerate the next stage of their growth.

September 22, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, has advised Pamlico Capital (Pamlico) on the recapitalization of Daxko, Inc. (Daxko) with GI Partners. Daxko is a leading provider of operations and financial management software for member-based fitness facilities and other health and wellness organizations. Harris Williams & Co. served as the exclusive advisor to Pamlico. The transaction was led by Jeff Bistrong, Tyler Dewing, Priyanka Naithani and Brennan Igoe of Harris Williams & Co.’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group.

September 19, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, announces the sale of Canada-based Laborie Medical Technologies, Inc. (Laborie), a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity (Audax), to Patricia Industries, a U.S. subsidiary of Sweden-based Investor AB. Laborie is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical diagnostic equipment and treatment devices. Geoff Smith, Turner Bredrup, Andy Dixon, Andy Hewlett, Ricky Ng and Andrew Hoft of Harris Williams & Co.’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Group advised Laborie on the transaction in addition to a team from Jefferies LLC.

September 13, 2016

Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, is exclusively advising the shareholders of exocad GmbH (exocad), a provider of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software for the dental industry, on its pending sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group (Carlyle; NASDAQ: CG). With the acquisition, Carlyle continues its history of partnering with sector leaders with strong management teams, looking to accelerate the next stage of their growth. The pending transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016 and is being led by Jeffery Perkins, Lars Friemann and Stephan Döring of  Harris Williams & Co.’s Frankfurt office as well as Thierry Monjauze and Samuel Hendler of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) Group.

August 31, 2016

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for 25 years, advised Quala on its sale to Advent International (Advent). Quala is one of North America’s leading providers of mission critical container cleaning and ancillary services. Harris Williams & Co. served as the sole financial advisor to Quala, a portfolio company of Roark Capital Group (Roark). The transaction was led by Bob Baltimore, Brian Lucas, Luke Semple, Marshall Croft and Taylor Morris of Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office.

PrivCap
August 11, 2016

Ryan Budlong, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co., participated in a Privcap episode discussing the private equity dealmaking environment.