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Watermill Acquisition of Cooper & Turner featured in Middle Market Growth

Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Middle Market Growth. Julia Karol, President and COO of Watermill Group, is quoted in the piece.  “Watermill really looks for industries that are going through transformation,” Ms. Karol says, adding that “The renewables sector is growing particularly fast.” Read the full…

July 15, 2018 | , , , , ,
Dale Okonow Caricature Football Player

Partner Profile: Meet Watermill Group’s Dale Okonow

Providing internships to students interested in the private equity industry is an important part of the Watermill culture. Recently our intern Paul had the opportunity to sit down with Dale Okonow for an interview. How did you get into private equity? I went to law school and business school with the idea to practice law for…

February 28, 2018 | , , , , , , , ,
Paul Balestrieri baseball card

7 Similarities Between Baseball and Private Equity

I am an intern at the Watermill Group. I graduated from Cornell in May and in June was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. I was assigned to the Cardinal’s Class A short-season affiliate team where I spent the rest of my summer playing baseball. Currently in my off season, I am working at Watermill…

February 6, 2018 | , , , , , , , ,

Julia Karol and Sarah Bowen Announced As Winners of the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created the Emerging Leader Awards to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. Watermill Group is pleased to share that Julia Karol and Sarah Bowen were both chosen for their accomplishments and expertise from a pool of…

September 22, 2017 | , , , , , , ,
Steven Karol of Watermill Group holds a copy of the Mergers & Acquisitions magazine he is featured in

Steven Karol Featured in Mergers & Acquisitions Manufacturing Article

We’re delighted to share that Steven Karol, Managing Partner & Founder of Watermill Group, has been featured in the May 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions cover story on precision manufacturing. As Steven says in the piece, “We are bullish on manufacturing in North America. Advanced manufacturing is creating a lot of new opportunities in many different sectors for many…

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The Shifting Spotlight on Independent Sponsors

We hoped this day would come. The day when the broader market would wake to see the benefits and proven success of a deal-by-deal approach to private equity. At Watermill, our heritage as a nearly 40 year investor in private companies always pointed us toward a focus on improving company performance, as opposed to financial…

November 21, 2016 | , , , , , , , , , , , ,