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Private Equity

Better Deals Your Goal, Our Passion

Our practical knowledge of the operations and business strategies of non-public companies, both privately owned and portfolio companies of private equity firms, provides us with a value-based perspective when it comes to the infusion of outside capital.

We act pragmatically. We address both the strategic and tactical issues surrounding acquisitions and portfolio company management. We see the whole picture, and we act accordingly.

Our goal is not solely to get the deal done, but to develop a strong, go-forward relationship.

It’s our deep experience on both sides of the deal (not solely with funds) that provides clients with far more than a transactional attitude, increasing the likelihood of a successful negotiation as well as long-term value to the resulting partnership.

OUR CLIENTS

Our Private Equity/Venture Capital practice has successfully negotiated deals for:

  • Privately held companies looking for outside capital to enter new markets and/or speed growth
  • Funds, portfolio companies and high net worth individuals looking to invest at any stage and level
  • Minority and majority investors, including angels and super angels

AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Acquisitions and Add-On Transactions
  • Investment Transactions
  • Portfolio Company Representation
  • Dispositions
  • Fund Formation

UNIQUE DELIVERY

Our depth of experience acting as outside general counsel for the full range of business types in a wide range of industries provides us with an unparalleled understanding of low to mid-middle market companies, their investors, and that which constitutes a successful deal.

In short: we understand privately held companies, and we know the deal types and dealmakers in this space.

What we bring to every deal:

  • A “general counsel” perspective to capital infusion
  • In-depth operating knowledge to help both sides realize the business goals of the investment
  • An investment of our time and resources to ensure we deliver practical, targeted counsel
  • Time management planning to create a cost-effective approach to providing appropriate service for critical issues and routine functions
  • A higher level of attention, since privately held companies rarely get a second chance to get it right
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Sean D. AutonPartner | Board of Directors
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Jeffrey A. HechtmanPartner | Board of Directors
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Ati P. KhatriOf Counsel
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Casey E. RivardOf Counsel
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Brett M. WintersteinChair | Business and Finance Group
Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Specialty Products and Insulation’s Acquisition of Amerisafe, Inc.October 21, 2021

SPI, a portfolio company of DPC, has acquired Amerisafe.

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital Acquires All-Lift Systems, IncSeptember 10, 2021

Located in Neenah, WI, All-Lift is a provider of aftermarket services and parts for overhead cranes and other lifting equipment, including OSHA mandated inspections, safety-critical parts and repairs, and crane equipment. All-Lift has three facilities in Wisconsin and Michigan and employs approximately 100 people.

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Specialty Products and Insulation's Acquisition of Thermaxx, LLCAugust 12, 2021

Specialty Products and Insulation ("SPI"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired the assets of Thermaxx, LLC ("Thermaxx"). Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, SPI is a value added distributor and fabricator of mechanical insulation and complementary products for commercial and industrial applications. SPI's products help conserve energy, preserve worker safety and provide noise abatement. SPI currently operates 57…

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital Portfolio Company Ehrhardt Automation Systems Acquires Automation and Controls Solutions Provider SAF DrivesAugust 9, 2021

Ehrhardt Tool and Machine, LLC, dba Ehrhardt Automation Systems ("EAS"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC") acquires SAF Drives Inc ("SAF Drives"). DPC was represented by HMB’s Private Equity Team, led by Corporate Partner, Evan M. Knobloch and Corporate Associates Raymond J. Jacobi III and Payal J. Patel.

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Specialty Products and Insulation's Acquisition of NewStar Solutions Inc.June 30, 2021

Specialty Products and Insulation ("SPI"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired the assets of NewStar Solutions Inc. ("NewStar"). DPC was represented by HMB’s Private Equity Team, led by Corporate Partner, Evan M. Knobloch, Corporate Of Counsel Lisa A. Rothstein and Corporate Associate Loan K. Tran.

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Best in Class Technology's Acquisition of Thayer Corporation and Dyer ServiceJune 21, 2021

Best in Class Technology Services ("BCTS"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired Thayer Corporation and Dyer Service. Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, BCTS is a provider of commercial HVAC aftermarket services including maintenance, repair and project work. BCTS has 14 locations across seven states and employs over 500 people. For more information, please visit Vulcan Mechanic…

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Hy-Tek's Acquisition of BP ControlsJune 21, 2021

Hy-Tek Holdings ("Hy-Tek"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired BP Controls Inc. and Nogol Electric LLC (collectively "BP Controls"). Located in Columbus, OH, Hy-Tek Holdings is a material handling automation integrator serving clients in diverse end markets and applications, including ecommerce, third party logistics and parcel. DPC was represented by HMB’s Private Equity Team, led by…

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Premium Label & Packaging Solutions' Acquisition of Label Graphics Manufacturing, Inc.April 15, 2021

Premium Label & Packaging Solutions, LLC ("PLPS"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired Label Graphics Manufacturing, Inc. ("LGM"). Headquartered in Rye, NY, PLPS is a group holding company for specialty label converters producing custom pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and related packaging products for the health, wellness, personal care, food and beverage and other markets.…

Client Success: Dunes Point Capital, LP Announces Specialty Products and Insulation's Acquisition of Building Insulation DistributorMarch 11, 2021

Specialty Products and Insulation ("SPI"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC"), has acquired Rocky Mountain Construction Wholesale, LLC ("RMCW"). Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, SPI is a value added distributor and fabricator of mechanical and building insulation products and complementary products for commercial and industrial applications. The Company currently operates 56 distribution branches and 13 co-located fabrication facilities…

HMB Represents Ashling Partners In Growth Capital Investment by Thomas H. Lee PartnersFebruary 18, 2021

Ashling Partners, LLC ("Ashling"), a professional services and technology firm, announced the closing of a growth capital investment by funds managed by Thomas H. Lee Partners ("THL"). Joshua Bresler, THL Managing Director, and Kearney Shanahan, THL Director, will join the Ashling board of directors as part of the transaction. “The investment and partnership with THL not only enables our global…

Client Success: Svoboda Capital Partners LLC Recapitalizes Life Sciences Consultancy, Clarion HealthcareNovember 23, 2020

HMB congratulates Svoboda Capital Partners LLC ("SC") on their partnership with Clarion Healthcare ("Clarion"). Founded in 1998, SC is a Chicago-based private equity firm that identifies, invests in and helps build excellent businesses in its targeted business niches: value-added distribution, business services and consumer products. “Clarion is a very impressive organization, delivering high value to clients by bridging the intersection…

Commercial Lending and Equity Deal Terms for Middle Market Businesses, Spring 2014March 5, 2014

Spring 2014 The winter months were unusually cool in late 2013 and early 2014, and most middle market borrowers and lenders will likely concede that lending activity during those months was equally cool.  The optimism for robust deal flow in 2013 never materialized into actual results, even though most middle market lenders remained quite optimistic until the bitter end.  Spring,…

Commercial Lending and Equity Deal Terms for Middle Market Businesses, Fall 2013October 14, 2013

FALL 2013 Although the first half of 2013 was marred by stagnant activity within the middle market lending environment, senior lenders across the middle market seem quite optimistic about finishing the year with a bang.  While it is difficult for senior lenders to pinpoint the exact cause for their optimism, the recurring talking point has been that these senior lenders…

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