Harris Williams & Co. Advises Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. in its Sale to Brockway Moran & Partners

November 21, 2011

Harris Williams & Co., premier middle market investment bank, announces the sale of Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (CPI), a portfolio company of The Riverside Company (Riverside), to Brockway Moran and Partners.  CPI is the world’s leading training organization specializing in the safe management of crisis situations and disruptive behavior.  The transaction closed on November 18, 2011. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to CPI. The transaction was led by Ned Valentine, Derek Lewis, John Arendale and Karl Kirkeby from the firm’s Richmond office.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, CPI is the global leader and pioneer in providing crisis prevention, nonviolent physical intervention and dementia care training. Since CPI’s founding in 1980, more than six million professionals have participated in CPI training programs in 39 different countries around the world. The Certified Instructors (CIs) trained by CPI are employed by schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care facilities, juvenile detention centers and human service facilities. CPI’s programs demonstrate proven and holistic de-escalation strategies, which protect professionals and individuals in their care.  

Riverside is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing enterprises valued at up to $200 million (€200 million in Europe). The firm partners with strong management teams and enhances its investments through acquisitions and organic growth. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 260 transactions with a total enterprise value of more than $5.8 billion/€4.7 billion. The firm’s portfolio in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region includes more than 75 companies with roughly 13,000 employees. Riverside completes acquisitions smoothly thanks to $3.2 billion/€2.4 billion in assets under management, more than 200 professionals in 20 offices, and longstanding relationships with partner lenders.

Brockway Moran & Partners is a private equity firm with more than $1.3 billion of capital under management. The firm acquires growth-oriented middle market companies valued between $50 million and $300 million in partnership with exceptional management teams. Brockway Moran & Partners focuses on businesses with significant growth opportunities through internal expansion, industry consolidation or innovative business strategies. The principals of the firm have a record of productively working with management teams to build companies into larger and more diverse enterprises. Brockway Moran & Partners invests in a broad spectrum of industries with significant experience in consumer, industrial and service businesses. Since 1998, the firm has completed over 70 acquisitions.