Deal Diary

Welcome to Acquisition International’s Deal Diary, the place where we showcase exciting deals from across the globe. With each diary entry, we’ll be taking a comprehensive look at the inner workings of the deal in question and will be venturing behind the scenes to take a look at the dedicated professionals involved in ensuring its success.

Here you will discover the most active deal makers and a comprehensive catalogue of the transactions they have been involved with.

Tier 1: The Website - Go live worldwide within 24 hours!

Within 24 hours of booking, we'll upload your deal and company profile - including contact details and links to your homepage - right here on our site, putting you and your firm in front of
40,000 visitors every month!

You will, of course, get a full company bio, including your contact details and fully clickable links direct to your website, and to make sure the people who matter will be able to find every deal you and your firm have been involved in at the click of a button, all of the deals posted on the Deal Diary site are incredibly easy to search by firm name, individual name, sector or region. We even have an automatically updated deal leaderboard (right). 

Tier 2: The Newsletter - Direct to 108,000 subscribers!

Your involvement in the deal will be featured on our weekly Deal Round-Up newsletter,  published via email every Thursday to a global audience of  108,000. Your deal write-up will also include hyperlinked images and logos, taking readers straight to your homepage. That’s a potential 108,000 clicks every month!

Tier 3: The Publication - Sent to 108,000 people in 170 countries!

The deal and your involvement will appear in the Deal Diary section of our monthly magazine, distributed to 108,000 people in 170 countries around the world. This is where you can tell us all about the deal and how you made it happen, providing the perfect opportunity to shout about your firm’s experience, expertise and the great work you’ve been doing.

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Windjammer Capital's Sale of Protective Industries to Berwind
May 6, 2015

Choate Represents Windjammer Capital in Sale of Protective Industries to Berwind

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Legal Counsel to Seller - Christian Atwood

Adviser to Seller - Scott Richardson

Choate recently represented Windjammer Capital Investors in the hugely successful exit of its investment in Protective Industries, Inc. (Caplugs), a leading Buffalo, NY-based manufacturer of plastic protection products, in a sale to an affiliate of Berwind.  The Choate deal team included partnersChristian Atwood, Louis Marett and Arthur Meyers.  Houlihan Lokey, led by Scott Richardson, Reed Anderson and Tony Meixelsperger, acted as Caplugs’ financial advisor.

Choate helped Windjammer navigate its initial platform acquisition of Caplugs in May 2011; went on to advise on four separate add-on acquisitions; and then worked closely with Houlihan Lokey to craft and direct a sale process that delivered significant value to Windjammer, its LPs, and Caplugs’ management team.  During Windjammer’s ownership, Caplugs’ revenues and EBITDA more than doubled as a result of both organic and M&A initiatives.

“Our now almost decade long partnership with Windjammer has been one of the highlights of my career at Choate.  It has been a tremendous honor to work with Windjammer and Caplugs’ management team, which is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to advise, during the past four years,” said Christian Atwood, the partner in Choate’s Private Equity Group who led the deal from start to finish.  “This was a large, complex deal, with significant international operations, that required us to bring to bear not only the considerable resources of our firm, but those of our trusted network of advisors overseas.  I couldn’t be prouder of how our team performed and how well we integrated with Houlihan Lokey to help Windjammer book this significant win for its investors.”

The Caplugs acquisition and exit is a prime example both of Windjammer’s focus on investing in niche, category leading businesses that can be improved with strong management collaboration and a well-planned and properly executed improvement plan, and of Choate’s category leading expertise in middle-market M&A and investment transactions.

“From the beginning of our investment in Caplugs, we knew there were a number of acquisition targets to pursue.  Through our disciplined M&A approach we were able to augment the platform’s business through a series of acquisitions that increased Caplugs’ product breadth and geographic reach and positioned the company to take share in high growth markets,” said Greg Bondick, a Managing Director at Windjammer.  “Choate’s deep understanding of our goals and objectives, and their strong strategic counsel throughout the life cycle of this deal, have been invaluable to us.”

Choate has handled over $30 billion in middle market M&A and investment transactions in the past five years.  The firm received The M&A Advisor’s 2013 “Financial Services Deal of the Year” (over $200 million) award; swept the 2014 Manufacturing Sector “Deal of the Year” category at the ACG New York Champion’s Awards; and is a finalist for the 2015 “Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year” award in the $500MM - $1B category.  Choate is ranked nationally as a leading firm in Private Equity Buyouts and as a Tier 1 firm in Middle-Market M&A by The Legal 500. The firm recently ranked among the top “Most Active Law Firms” worldwide based on number of private equity and venture capital deals negotiated and closed by Dow Jones’ Private Equity Analyst.

Windjammer Capital Investors, with offices in Waltham, Massachusetts and Newport Beach, California, is a national private investment firm that makes control and non-control investments in leading middle market businesses in partnership with management.  Founded in 1990, Windjammer's institutional funds total roughly $2.0 billion of capital.  Windjammer is currently investing out of its Windjammer Senior Equity Fund IV with capital commitments in excess of $725 million.

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