Harris Williams & Co. Advises Visual Comfort & Co. on its Partnership with AEA Investors LP

March 21, 2017

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for more than 25 years, announces the partnership of Visual Comfort & Co. (Visual Comfort) with AEA Investors LP (AEA). Visual Comfort is the premier resource for signature lighting, combining timeless designs, authentic materials and unmatched customer experiences. The transaction was led by Ryan Nelson, Michael Gessner and Wayne Harrington of Harris Williams & Co.’s Industrials Group and John Neuner, Corey Benjamin and Beau Pierce of the firm’s Consumer Group.

“Andy Singer has built an incredibly unique platform that has redefined the premium lighting category. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the entire management team and look forward to following their continued success,” said Ryan Nelson, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “Visual Comfort represents the second marquee lighting transaction that Harris Williams & Co. has closed in the last year and is indicative of the continued strong interest in the sector.”

“Visual Comfort is a true pioneer in the high-end lighting industry,” added Corey Benjamin, a director at Harris Williams & Co. “By forging deep partnerships with a myriad of leading designers, Visual Comfort introduced a branded element to the category and has cultivated a comprehensive, timeless product portfolio.”

Since 1987, Visual Comfort has been the premier resource for signature designer lighting. For nearly 30 years, Visual Comfort has produced lighting with some of the most influential names in design using natural materials of exceptional quality and distinctive, hand-applied, living finishes. Visual Comfort offers a broad assortment of lighting featuring many prominent designs synonymous with high style and functionality.

AEA was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA’s active individual investors include an extraordinary network of more than 75 of the world’s leading industrial families, business executives and former government leaders. Today, AEA’s approximately 70 investment professionals operate globally with offices in New York, Connecticut, London, Munich and Shanghai. The firm manages funds that have approximately $10 billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small business companies and mezzanine and senior debt investments. AEA Private Equity invests across four sectors: value added industrial products, specialty chemicals, consumer / retail and services.

Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide. The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise, and an u

Harris Williams & Co.’s Industrials Group has experience across a variety of sectors, including advanced manufacturing; aggregates, metals, and mining; building products; chemicals and specialty materials; industrial technology; and packaging. For more information on the firm’s Industrials Group and other recent transactions, visit the Industrials Group’s section of the Harris Williams & Co. website.

Harris Williams & Co.’s Consumer Group has completed more than 50 transactions in recent years across a variety of verticals, including branded consumer products; consumer services; food, beverage and agribusiness; and restaurant and retail.  For more information on Harris Williams & Co.’s Consumer Group and other recent transactions, visit the Consumer Group’s section of the Harris Williams & Co. website.

Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, which is a private limited company incorporated under English law with its registered office at 5th Floor, 6 St. Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AE, UK, registered with the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales (registration number 7078852). Harris Williams & Co. Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Harris Williams & Co. is a trade name under which Harris Williams LLC and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd conduct business.