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May 6, 2016

BGL Recognized for Transactional Achievements

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is pleased to announce recent industry awards which recognize transactional expertise in the Industrials, Environmental Services, and Consumer sectors.

Best U.S. Industrial Transactions Practice and Best U.S. Middle Market Investment Bank, by Acquisition International

Sale of Profile Products LLC, a portfolio company of Mid Oaks Investments LLC, to Platte River Equity

Profile Products is a global environmental solutions company and research and development and thought leader in the areas of soil, water, and vegetation management. With diverse applications in construction, energy, mining, landfill, agriculture, horticulture, recreation, and retail lawn and garden, Profile’s patented and proprietary erosion and sediment control products and turf establishment products are sold in 75 countries on 6 continents. BGL’s Industrials and Environmental Services sector teams collaborated in the transaction execution, leveraging their deep knowledge base and global buyer relationships to drive exceptional value for Profile’s shareholders.

Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year, by M&A Advisor

Sale of Perfect Fit, LLC, a portfolio company of The Anderson Group LLC, to Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd.

Perfect Fit specializes in innovative home textile and bedding products, including bed pillows; mattress pads and toppers; electric warming blankets and mattress pads; craft yarn; and furniture covers sold under the market leading brands Perfect Fit®, Tailor Fit®, Wellrest®, and Soft Heat® and licenses. The company is a holder of multiple design patents and proprietary technologies across its bedding, warming, and furniture cover lines. BGL conducted a global process that identified Shanghai Shenda, a Shanghai exchange listed public company, as the buyer, assisting Perfect Fit in navigating the rigorous regulatory process to obtain Chinese government approval and ensuring that all requests were fulfilled in a timely manner. Shanghai Shenda was able to see opportunities for each of Perfect Fit’s disparate business units, enabling it to leverage its existing sourcing network in China while also expanding its footprint in the United States. Perfect Fit was the first control acquisition for Shanghai Shenda in the United States and an expansion of its home products offering.

Acquisition International (AI) is a UK-based monthly magazine focused on global corporate finance. The M&A Advisor is an M&A industry facilitator honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies, and dealmakers for over 14 years. The AI and M&A Advisor celebrate the firms and professionals who stand out as the leading players across the globe and bring this dedication and innovation to the fore.
AI coordinator Charlotte Abbott commented: “With these awards, we get the chance to showcase the exciting deals which have taken place over the past 12 months and have helped make the corporate landscape what it is today. It is a great honor to showcase our deserving winners, and I wish them even greater success in the future.”

“As cross-border M&A volumes return and promise to exceed pre-crisis levels, we are witnessing an unprecedented transformation of local market firms and dealmakers into global M&A experts whose intimate knowledge and expertise in the cultural, financial, and legal arenas are redefining our industry,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “The 2016 International M&A Award winners represent the best of the cross-border M&A industry in 2015 who earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists.”
BGL is seeing significant momentum in cross-border transaction activity. Over the last nine months, the firm has completed four industrials deals which span three continents and diverse markets that include sealants and adhesives (sale of Fomo Products to ICP Adhesives and Sealants); filter media (sale of MFRI filtration businesses to CLARCOR and Hengst Holdings GmbH); and industrial automation, controls, and test and measurement (sale of MACTek to Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH), underscoring a healthy environment for international deal making.

About Brown Gibbons Lang & Company

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company is a leading independent investment bank serving the middle market. BGL specializes in mergers and acquisitions advisory services, debt and equity placements, financial restructuring advice, and valuations and fairness opinions, with global industry teams in Business Services, Consumer, Environmental & Energy Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Industrials, and Real Estate. BGL has offices in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia and real estate offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Irvine, and San Antonio, in addition to Global M&A partner offices in more than 50 countries across 5 continents. BGL is able to deliver to our clients unparalleled access to strategic relationships, investors, and opportunities globally. For more information, please visit