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BrüMate Gets a Drinking Buddy

San Francisco Equity Partners (SFEP) has made a $20 million investment in BrüMate, a direct-to-consumer seller of insulated drinkware. BrüMate’s patented products include wine tumblers, wine canteens, can and bottle coolers, barware, and coolers. The company was founded in 2016 by Dylan Jacob and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.  BrüMate was ranked as #14 on…

Carlyle Acquires Electrostatic Sprayer Maker

The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire Victory Innovations, a provider of electrostatic sprayers. Victory’s cordless electrostatic spraying equipment is used to disinfect surfaces in businesses, transportation systems, hospitals, and schools. The company is headquartered near Minneapolis in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Electrostatic technology is used to maximize the attraction of chemical agents to objects that…

Artemis Sees Future, Forms Optical Tech Platform

Artemis Capital Partners has acquired Omega Optical, a maker of optical filters and coatings. Omega Optical’s products are used to control the passage of light to enable a range of optical applications including flow cytometry (to study cells and molecules), fluorescence microscopy (to study organic or inorganic substances), spectroscopy (to study matter and electromagnetic radiation),…

Highlander Buys Hilo Nutrition

Highlander Partners has acquired Hilo Nutrition, a maker of branded sports nutrition and performance gummies using natural ingredients. Hilo was co-founded in 2018 by Andrew Sauer and Eric Torgeson. The Columbus, Ohio-based company collaborates with athletes, performance experts and nutritionists to deliver products that are flavor-balanced, easy to consume and effective. Both Mr. Sauer and…

GI Teams with Charlesbank on HVAC Platform

GI Partners has acquired a majority equity interest in American Residential Services. Existing investor Charlesbank Capital Partners and management are also making significant new investments in the business. American Residential Services (ARS), is among the largest providers of residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing services. The Memphis-based company operates a network of more…

Tekscan Acquired By Artemis

Tekscan, a manufacturer of flexible, ultra-thin sensors and systems, has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners. Tekscan manufactures thin-film tactile force sensors and pressure measurement systems. The company’s products are used as both stand-alone and embedded systems in the test and measurement, medical, dental, and retail industries. Tekscan, founded in 1987, has more than 18,000…

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Financial Sponsor Pro Joins BGL

Financial Sponsor Pro Joins BGL

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) has hired Heather Mosbacher Reiner as a managing director in the firm’s financial sponsor coverage group. Ms. Reiner will be based in New York…

Houlihan Lokey Expands Industrials Group

Houlihan Lokey Expands Industrials Group

Houlihan Lokey (HL) has hired Richard Hoh as a managing director in its industrials group. Mr. Hoh will be part of the firm’s industrial technology subsector team, focusing primarily on…

Stephens Promotes Two to Senior Associate

Stephens Promotes Two to Senior Associate

The Stephens Group has promoted Rob Dickinson and Jens Talbert to Senior Associate. “We are pleased to recognize Jens’ and Rob’s hard work and efforts with promotions,” said Witt Stephens,…

Compass Hires Katie Melzer

Compass Hires Katie Melzer

Compass Diversified has hired Katie Melzer as a managing director and head of business development. Prior to joining Compass Diversified (CODI), Ms. Melzer spent more than 15 years at Robert…

Now We Know Some Stuff

Now We Know Some Stuff

By Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data and Greenberg Variations Capital —– Back in April, I wrote a commentary titled “Nobody Knows Anything” that described the immediate challenges facing the M&A…

Stellex Closes Big Fund, Opens New Office

Stellex Closes Big Fund, Opens New Office

Stellex Capital Management has closed Stellex Capital Partners II LP with total commitments of more than $1.77 billion and exceeding the fund’s original $1.25 billion target. Stellex closed its debut…

Berkshire Launches El Dorado Foods

Berkshire Launches El Dorado Foods

Berkshire Partners has partnered with food executive Javier Vélez-Bautista to form El Dorado Foods. Mr. Vélez-Bautista now becomes the CEO of El Dorado and the new platform will be active…

Benford Closes First Fund

Benford Closes First Fund

Benford Capital Partners has held a final closing of its inaugural private equity investment fund, Benford Capital Partners Fund I LP. The new fund closed with total limited partner commitments…

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BrüMate Gets a Drinking Buddy

BrüMate Gets a Drinking Buddy

San Francisco Equity Partners (SFEP) has made a $20 million investment in BrüMate, a direct-to-consumer seller of insulated drinkware. BrüMate’s patented products include wine tumblers, wine canteens, can…

Carlyle Acquires Electrostatic Sprayer Maker

Carlyle Acquires Electrostatic Sprayer Maker

The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire Victory Innovations, a provider of electrostatic sprayers. Victory’s cordless electrostatic spraying equipment is used to disinfect surfaces in businesses, transportation systems,…

Highlander Buys Hilo Nutrition

Highlander Buys Hilo Nutrition

Highlander Partners has acquired Hilo Nutrition, a maker of branded sports nutrition and performance gummies using natural ingredients. Hilo was co-founded in 2018 by Andrew Sauer and Eric…

GI Teams with Charlesbank on HVAC Platform

GI Teams with Charlesbank on HVAC Platform

GI Partners has acquired a majority equity interest in American Residential Services. Existing investor Charlesbank Capital Partners and management are also making significant new investments in the business.…

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Sonny’s Switches Sponsors

Sonny’s Switches Sponsors

Genstar has acquired Sonny’s Enterprises, a manufacturer of car wash equipment and supplies, from Sentinel Capital Partners. Sonny’s…

Transom Hits Grand Slam

Transom Hits Grand Slam

After a mere 14-month hold, Transom Capital has sold its portfolio company Pelco to Motorola Solutions. Pelco is…

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