Watermill http://www.watermill.com A Strategy Driven Private Equity Partnership Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:33:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cooper & Turner Combines With Beck Industries http://www.watermill.com/cooper-turner-combines-with-beck-industries/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:51:55 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2549 Combined company aims to be the first truly global manufacturer of high-quality, safety-critical fasteners SHEFFIELD, England & ARMENTIÈRES, France- August 1,2019 -Andaray (Holdings) Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries (“Cooper & Turner”) today announced it has acquired Beck Industries (“Beck”), a manufacturer and distributor of fully certified, high-security bolting components. The combined company aims...

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Combined company aims to be the first truly global manufacturer of high-quality, safety-critical fasteners

SHEFFIELD, England & ARMENTIÈRES, France- August 1,2019 -Andaray (Holdings) Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries (“Cooper & Turner”) today announced it has acquired Beck Industries (“Beck”), a manufacturer and distributor of fully certified, high-security bolting components. The combined company aims to be the first truly global manufacturer of safety-critical fastening applications, supporting a broader range of industries – including renewable energy, downstream oil & gas, power generation, nuclear, rail, tunneling, construction and heavy equipment, among others.

Established in France more than 100 years ago, Beck is now a global organization with capabilities that complement and expand those of Cooper & Turner. As one entity, the company’s services span all key production processes, including hot and cold forming, heat treatment, CNC machining, thread rolling, robotics and automation. These collective capabilities and larger operational footprint enable the supply of world-class products and services from 17 strategically positioned facilities throughout Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.

“We are excited to join the Cooper & Turner family,” stated Hugues Charbonnier, former Beck President, who together with his wife Karine Charbonnier are selling Beck and both remaining on the management team as Executive Vice Presidents of Cooper & Turner. “Our complementary technologies, facilities, services and product portfolios will form an unequaled platform to serve local and international clients.”

“Today’s acquisition strengthens our position as a seamless, one-stop shop for the highest-quality, mission-critical industrial fasteners,” stated Tony Brown, Group CEO and President, Cooper & Turner. “Supported by our partners at the Watermill Group, we see tremendous opportunity to accelerate innovation and growth within the global energy and infrastructure markets.”

Watermill Managing Partner and Founder, Steven E. Karol, commented: “This is an ideal time for these companies to come together. Both are thriving and well positioned in their respective markets. We are looking forward to supporting the combined management team in capitalizing on the inherent opportunities.”

MidCap Financial Services, LLC provided debt financing for the transaction and K&L Gates LLP provided legal counsel to Watermill. Rothschild & Co. advised Beck and Almain A.A.R.P.I. provided legal counsel.

About Cooper & Turner

Founded in the 1800s by Joseph and James Turner as a gun barrel manufacturer, Cooper & Turner is a UK-based manufacturer and distributor of high-strength, large diameter industrial fastener systems. The company serves global organizations in the wind energy, construction, structural bolting, OEM, oil & gas, rail and tunneling industries. Headquartered in Sheffield, England, Cooper & Turner has operations in the United Kingdom, China and North America.

About Beck

Beck Industries International Sprl is a European manufacturer and distributor of fully certified, high-security bolting components for refineries, power generation, subsea oil & gas and the nuclear power end markets. Founded in 1918 by Hélène Beck Crespel, the company is now a fourth-generation family business that has grown into an international entity with nine locations in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Learn more at beck-industries.com.

About the Watermill Group

The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For more than four decades, the family owned and managed firm has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

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Watermill’s Enbi Group Announces Add-On Acquisition of Pierce Industries http://www.watermill.com/watermills-enbi-group-announces-add-on-acquisition-of-pierce-industries/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:58:40 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2518   Customers to benefit from expanded capabilities including innovative remanufacturing services   Lexington, MA and Shelbyville, IN – June 24, 2019 – Watermill Group, a strategy driven private investment firm, today announced that its portfolio company Enbi Group, a leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, has acquired Pierce Industries. The...

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Customers to benefit from expanded capabilities including innovative remanufacturing services

 

Lexington, MA and Shelbyville, IN – June 24, 2019 – Watermill Group, a strategy driven private investment firm, today announced that its portfolio company Enbi Group, a leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, has acquired Pierce Industries. The acquisition brings expanded capabilities to Enbi’s customer base and positions the combined organization for strategic growth across all its end markets – including digital printing, packaging, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), aerospace, transportation and other tight-tolerance industries.

 

Located in Rochester, New York, Pierce Industries is an industrial roller manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing and assembly, advanced welding, CNC machining, cylindrical roll forming and coating applications. The company gives OEMs a competitive advantage by using innovative methods, such as inertia friction welding and cylindrical roll forming, to reduce production times and material costs and improve product quality. Its world-class remanufacturing capabilities are known for breathing new life into worn or damaged complex subassemblies and reestablishing like-new performance, increasing the lifespan of products, reducing resource and energy consumption and creating customer cost savings.

 

Pierce Industries President & CEO, Richard Webb, commented on the acquisition: “It has been my pleasure to lead this innovative, service-driven organization. Since 1968, our talented employees have helped to create a company that enables our customers to achieve breakthrough results. In Watermill’s family of portfolio companies, I am pleased to have found a home for Pierce that shares our values, maintains a commitment to our employees and increases our capability for innovation and growth. Our early collaboration with Enbi has shown that together we can provide a set of products and services that neither business could have offered alone, enabling us to continue our 50+ year tradition of delivering creative solutions and unparalleled results that our customers have come to rely on.”

 

“Pierce Industries has reinvented the way OEMs weld and manufacture industrial rollers and repurpose worn machinery, strengths which are invaluable in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace,” stated Tracy Streckenbach, Interim CEO, Enbi, and Watermill Partner. “By linking Pierce’s innovation expertise with Enbi’s precision engineering leadership, we can bring new capabilities, solutions and opportunities to our combined customer base.”

 

Founded in Nuth, The Netherlands, and headquartered in Shelbyville, Indiana, Enbi’s manufacturing presence spans the US, Europe and Asia. Linking this global footprint with Pierce’s capabilities will enable the combined organization to bring a wider set of innovative solutions to customers around the world.

 

“Watermill is dedicated to giving our portfolio companies the entrepreneurial vision, operational guidance and capital they need to realize their full potential,” stated Julia Karol, Watermill President and COO. “Bringing together these highly skilled organizations demonstrates our deep belief in Enbi and our commitment to invest in the company’s exciting future.”

 

For Watermill, Grant Thornton provided tax due diligence, K&L Gates and Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene provided legal counsel and Partners Environmental Consulting, Inc. provided environmental due diligence. M-One Advisory, LLC advised Pierce and Nixon Peabody LLP provided legal counsel.

 

About Enbi Group

A leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, Enbi serves best-in-class OEMs in digital printing, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as other industries in which exacting precision and quality are critical to end-product performance. The company serves a worldwide customer base from its headquarters in Shelbyville, Indiana as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit enbigroup.com.

 

About Pierce Industries

Located in Rochester, New York, Pierce Industries is an industrial roller manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing and assembly, advanced welding, CNC machining, cylindrical roll forming and coating applications. The company provides custom products and services to a wide range of end markets, including digital printing, packaging, glass equipment, mining, laminating, converting, aerospace, transportation, and ATMs, cash handling, and mail sorting systems.

 

About the Watermill Group

The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For more than four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

 

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Julia Karol Receives Chapter Award From ACG Boston http://www.watermill.com/julia-karol-receives-chapter-award-from-acg-boston/ Thu, 02 May 2019 19:21:41 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2487 ACG Boston, the Boston Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), honored five members with inaugural chapter awards at a celebration recently held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.     Among the night’s honorees was Watermill President and COO, Julia Karol, who received the ‘Woman of Influence’ Award. According to the association, the award...

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ACG Boston, the Boston Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), honored five members with inaugural chapter awards at a celebration recently held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

 

 

Among the night’s honorees was Watermill President and COO, Julia Karol, who received the ‘Woman of Influence’ Award. According to the association, the award is given to “the female member of the ACG community who has risen to a leadership position of excellence in the M&A industry, and is actively involved in empowering, supporting and connecting women within ACG, and the larger M&A ecosystem.”

 

“Through her own career path and experiences, her participation as a speaker, sponsor and mentor, and an active member of the Women’s Connection committee for the Chapter, Ms. Karol has played a significant role in supporting ACG Boston in our mission to elevate, empower and connect women in the M&A community,” stated Christy Dancause, Executive Director, ACG Boston. “She is seen as a role model by peers and colleagues in the industry. We couldn’t be more thrilled to present her with this award.”

 

“It’s been a privilege to be a member of the Boston ACG Chapter, which is leading the charge to build an inclusive and engaging environment for all middle-market M&A professionals,” stated Ms. Karol. “This inaugural award is especially humbling to receive, and I’m looking forward to working with others to create a future where our industry attracts a diverse and vibrant mix of leaders.”

 

As an active ACG member, Ms. Karol participates in regional and national events as both a panelist and attendee. In 2018, she participated in the ACG Global strategic planning retreat in Nashville where she and other members helped to shape the direction of the organization.

 

Watermill joins ACG Boston in congratulating the recipients of the 2019 Chapter awards, who alongside Ms. Karol include:

 

  • Jack Derby, President of Derby Management, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a long-time member and leader of the ACG Boston community who has made outstanding contributions to the growth and visibility of the chapter through their career.
  • Jay Jester, Managing Director at Audax Group, who received the Visionary Award. The award recognizes a transformational leader who has influenced significant growth and innovation for ACG and the M&A industry.
  • John Surrette, Shareholder at KLR, who received the Pillar Award, which honors a member who is actively involved in all aspects of the chapter through volunteer service, a strong community presence and is an overall ambassador of ACG Boston.
  • Kyle Murphy, Business Development Executive at JP Morgan, who received the Emerging Leader Award. This achievement recognizes a young professional member who shows promise in becoming a future leader in the ACG Boston community.

 

In addition to the award recipients, the event held on April 24th recognized ACG Boston’s 40th year in the M&A industry – a milestone which Watermill recently celebrated as well.

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Watermill Group Acquires Enbi in Cross-Border Deal http://www.watermill.com/watermill-group-acquires-enbi-in-cross-border-deal/ Wed, 03 Apr 2019 11:20:04 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2431 Lexington, MA and Shelbyville, IN – April 3, 2019 – Watermill Group, a strategy-driven private investment firm, has acquired Enbi, a leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, gaskets, seals and insulation for complex applications in image transfer, fusing, substrate transport and acoustic and thermal insulation. Enbi serves world-class OEMs in digital printing, ATMs and cash...

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Lexington, MA and Shelbyville, IN – April 3, 2019Watermill Group, a strategy-driven private investment firm, has acquired Enbi, a leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, gaskets, seals and insulation for complex applications in image transfer, fusing, substrate transport and acoustic and thermal insulation. Enbi serves world-class OEMs in digital printing, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC as well as other industries in which exacting precision and quality are critical to end-product performance. The Enbi deal marks Watermill’s second major cross-border acquisition in two years, deepening the firm’s presence in Europe and adding to its global portfolio of holdings.

“Enbi is a dynamic engineering-driven organization,” stated Tracy Streckenbach, Partner, Watermill. “The company’s technical acumen and worldwide manufacturing capabilities have established it as an innovative partner serving rapidly changing, global end markets. We are looking forward to working with Enbi’s talented leadership team and applying Watermill’s strategy-driven approach to accelerate growth.”

Founded in Nuth, The Netherlands, and headquartered in Shelbyville, Indiana, Enbi’s manufacturing presence spans the US, Europe and Asia. These facilities, combined with Enbi’s globally collaborative approach to problem solving, fuel the organization’s agile product development prowess and enable it to scale manufacturing services that meet the specific technological needs, volume demands and geographic strategies of market-leading customers.

Ms. Streckenbach added: “Enbi has demonstrated an ability to anticipate and deliver on technically-rigorous customer demands in evolving markets. We see rich opportunities to deepen and expand that critical capability, while maintaining the company’s high standards for safety and productivity.”

“We built and grew Enbi’s leading-edge position by providing precision products that help our customers compete at the highest level,” stated Robert Sallmann, CFO, Enbi. “As we begin this exciting journey with Watermill, our customers and partners can expect that same commitment to product and service excellence, while we work in parallel to fortify our strengths and uncover new opportunities to bring best-in-class thinking to the market.”

Watermill acquired Enbi from Platinum Equity for an undisclosed amount. For Watermill, Grant Thornton provided tax due diligence, Phoenix provided financial due diligence advice, and K&L Gates and Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene provided legal counsel. Lincoln Financial advised Enbi, and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP provided legal counsel.

 About the Watermill Group

The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For more than four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

 About Enbi

A leading manufacturer of high-performance precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies, Enbi serves best-in-class OEMs in digital printing, ATMs and cash handling systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as other industries in which exacting precision and quality are critical to end-product performance. The company serves a worldwide customer base from its headquarters in Shelbyville, Indiana as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit enbigroup.com.

 

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Partner Profile: Meet Watermill Group’s Tracy Streckenbach http://www.watermill.com/partner-profile-meet-watermill-groups-tracy-streckenbach/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:11:03 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2412 It’s hard to believe Tracy Streckenbach has already been a part of the Watermill team for a year. In honor of her first anniversary at Watermill, we roped her into a little Q&A. We hope you enjoy her reflections on the past year! What is the quirkiest deal you have worked on? Wigs! Need I...

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It’s hard to believe Tracy Streckenbach has already been a part of the Watermill team for a year. In honor of her first anniversary at Watermill, we roped her into a little Q&A. We hope you enjoy her reflections on the past year!

What is the quirkiest deal you have worked on?

Wigs! Need I say more?

How would you describe your first year at Watermill?

My first year at Watermill helped me build my investor toolkit. My experience in running companies makes me a confident CEO, but my first year at Watermill has rounded out my understanding of what it means to build an investment someone else wants to buy.

What did you like most about your first year?

The team – they’re creative, fun, eclectic, diverse, motivated and kind.

What surprised you?

For most of my career, I have made it a habit of skipping lunch and working straight through. The Watermill team eats lunch together every day. There is no work discussion at all. We discuss world issues, interesting travel stories, and we laugh together. I’ve been surprised at how much this can bind a team.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I truly enjoy traveling and love that it helps me see my life from a new perspective. I love exploring the world with my husband and three boys. We aren’t really relaxing travelers and tend to cram in a lot of miles in a short time. Predictably, none of our friends want to travel with us!

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

I find running companies as a CEO to be a very challenging and rewarding role. In turnaround situations, this role is especially nuanced and complex. I’m most proud of a really tricky CEO turnaround experience which reinforced some of my foundational beliefs about the power of a great team and always doing the right thing, even when it’s difficult to do so.

Tracy Streckenbach holding a coffee on a diligence trip

Diligence on the Danube

Give us a fun fact about yourself?

In one summer, I was both chased up a tree by a bear and accidentally went over a dam in a homemade raft.

What made Watermill appealing to you?

Watermill is a family business and has all the BEST attributes of one. The team enjoys spending time together socially and often includes spouses and family members in outside activities. I could always tell, even from the outside, that Watermill was culturally special. From the inside, I feel a responsibility to nurture that really unique culture that thrives on excellence and, at the same time, supports experimentation and learning.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working with companies, setting clear and measurable objectives and helping to guide the path forward. I greatly value the relationships that I get the opportunity to develop with our senior leadership teams and advisory boards.

 

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Happy Holidays! http://www.watermill.com/happy-holidays/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:23:26 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2402 Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great start to the New Year. Every year our team puts together a family style holiday card and we hope you enjoy the latest addition. While the party venue wouldn’t allow Dash & Beckett to attend our 40th anniversary celebration, it was still an epic evening. Cheers to...

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Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great start to the New Year. Every year our team puts together a family style holiday card and we hope you enjoy the latest addition. While the party venue wouldn’t allow Dash & Beckett to attend our 40th anniversary celebration, it was still an epic evening. Cheers to new adventures in 2019!

 

 

 

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Watermill Group Wins Cross-Border Deal of the Year http://www.watermill.com/watermill-group-wins-cross-border-deal-of-the-year/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:09:06 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2379 Lexington, MA – November 19, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a Cross Border Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor, a premier network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. Watermill, a strategy-driven private investment firm, won in the $10MM-$50MM category. The firm was recently presented the...

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Lexington, MA – November 19, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a Cross Border Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor, a premier network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. Watermill, a strategy-driven private investment firm, won in the $10MM-$50MM category. The firm was recently presented the award alongside other honorees at the 2018 M&A Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. The Watermill Group was chosen from over 600 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Watermill and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor. “Watermill represents the best of the M&A industry in 2018 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

Sarah Bowen accepting the Cross-Border Deal of the Year Award on behalf of Watermill Group from Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition. Our strategy-driven approach has proven a strong fit for Cooper & Turner, helping the company accelerate its growth in the international wind sector and beyond,” stated Julia Karol, President and COO, Watermill. “As we plan Watermill’s next phase of growth, we continue to take a close look at international opportunities that can benefit from our strategic guidance.”

The acquisition of Cooper & Turner marked Watermill’s second cross-border deal, deepening the firm’s presence in the UK and adding to a portfolio of other holdings across North America. For more on Watermill’s investment criteria, click here.

About the M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past twenty years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com/.

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

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Mens et Manus. My Experience Interning at Watermill as an MBA Student http://www.watermill.com/mens-et-manus-my-experience-interning-at-watermill-as-an-mba-student/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:17:57 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2376 As any MBA student will attest, the Case Method is a fantastic way to learn as it contextualizes important principles with real-world anecdotes. However, in a 90-minute class one can only digest so much information, and, if you’re like me, no matter how important the content, an hour in you might accidentally find yourself thinking...

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As any MBA student will attest, the Case Method is a fantastic way to learn as it contextualizes important principles with real-world anecdotes. However, in a 90-minute class one can only digest so much information, and, if you’re like me, no matter how important the content, an hour in you might accidentally find yourself thinking about what to digest for lunch instead of key points from that morning’s discussion.

MIT’s official seal bears the Latin motto Mens et Manus – or “Mind and Hand” – with an illustration of a laborer holding an anvil next to a scholar reading a book. Among other interpretations, the seal stands as a reminder to students of the importance of both theory and practice.

Here’s what I’ve found interesting while at Watermill: We talk more about Porter’s Five Forces here than in class!

What makes Watermill unique, and why I am so grateful to have the opportunity to spend my free time here outside of class, is that everyone on the Watermill team comes from a different career background and most folks here have operating experience…a lot of it: our Senior Partners have run Industrial businesses together for over 40 years!

Each day everyone on our team rolls their sleeves up, gets their manus dirty, and applies a lifetime of experience in Strategy, Operations, Marketing, Management, Engineering Accounting, or Finance to current and prospective investments. In today’s crowded Private Equity landscape, this diversity of experience stands out to me as Watermill’s competitive advantage. Lucky for me, I’m relied on to apply lessons I’ve learned at school in each of these disciplines alongside everyone else.

Just this week my Operations Strategy class examined Flextronics’ evolution from a Contract Manufacturer to an Original Design Manufacturer and the associated changes to the company’s supply chain, customer relationships, and margin structure. Immediately, I thought of analogous work that Watermill Partner Bob Ackerman is leading with the executive team at Watermill portfolio Company Tenere and revisited the factors that have driven Tenere’s growth during Watermill’s ownership.

Indeed, working at Watermill has provided a great introduction to the Private Equity industry (I’m hooked – I’ve caught the ‘deal bug’), but what has made my experience here special is the hands-on approach the Watermill team takes to solving problems.  As a result, being at Watermill has made attending school all the more meaningful, and vice versa. Mens et Manus.

Matt Caple, Watermill 2018 Summer and Schoolyear Intern

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Watermill Group Announced as a Finalist for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards http://www.watermill.com/watermill-group-announced-as-a-finalist-for-the-17th-annual-ma-advisor-awards/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:40:13 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2368 Lexington, MA – September 12, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a finalist in three categories for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The private investment firm’s cross-border transaction will advance to the final round of judging for Industrials Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm), Cross Border Deal of...

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Lexington, MA – September 12, 2018 – The Watermill Group’s acquisition of Cooper & Turner has been named a finalist in three categories for the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The private investment firm’s cross-border transaction will advance to the final round of judging for Industrials Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm), Cross Border Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm) and Private Equity Deal of the Year ($10mm-$50mm).

The award winners will be announced at the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 6th at the New York Athletic Club.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals”, says David Fergusson, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The M&A Advisor. “While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 16 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2018 award finalists have made.”

“We are honored to be named a finalist for our acquisition of Cooper & Turner. The company is an exciting multinational business that is primed for growth, particularly in the global wind energy market” stated Julia Karol, President and CEO, Watermill Group. “The Cooper & Turner acquisition is Watermill’s second cross-border deal and we continue to find international opportunities to be a compelling fit for our strategy-driven approach.”

For a detailed list of all of finalists, CLICK HERE.

About the M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past nineteen years we have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround and Finance professionals. Today, we have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. To learn more visit www.maadvisor.com/.

About the Watermill Group
The Watermill Group is a strategy-driven private investment firm that helps companies achieve their full potential through strategic transformation. For four decades, Watermill has been acquiring, operating and improving companies. Watermill looks for businesses in which it can apply a unique combination of strategic insight and management expertise to re-imagine their future and drive growth.

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Looking Back – 40 Years of Private Equity http://www.watermill.com/looking-back-40-years-of-private-equity/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:11:16 +0000 http://www.watermill.com/?p=2351 How do you properly celebrate 40 years? When you’re a family firm that likes laugh, you dig into the photo archives! The whole team helped drag boxes out of storage, watch the footage on unlabeled VHS tapes, and scan their phones and homes to come up with these priceless gems. It’s been a labor of...

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Steve, Tom and Bill KarolHow do you properly celebrate 40 years? When you’re a family firm that likes laugh, you dig into the photo archives! The whole team helped drag boxes out of storage, watch the footage on unlabeled VHS tapes, and scan their phones and homes to come up with these priceless gems. It’s been a labor of love and we’re so excited to share our favorites with you in this interactive timeline.

A special thanks to Julia Karol for being a good sport and providing the voiceover for the accompanying video. We’ll have to watch out or she may start moonlighting as a voiceover artist!

40 years is just the beginning. And our whole team remains on board to continue our track record for decades to come…which means more pictures for the archives.

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