Mesirow Financial Investment Banking Wins M&A Advisor Deal Of The Year Award

CHICAGO, November 22, 2016Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that the firm's Investment Banking group has been named the winner of The M&A Advisor's 2016 M&A Deal of the Year award in the $100mm to $200mm category for its role as the exclusive financial advisor to Optimum Plastics (“Optimum” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Huron Capital Partners, on its sale to Charter NEX Films (“Charter NEX”), a portfolio company of Pamplona Capital Management.

This deal of the year award is the most recent in a string of honors from The M&A Advisor. In 2015, Mesirow Financial Investment Banking won two M&A Advisor Deal of the Year awards, recognizing excellence in deal-making for two separate transactions. 2016 also marks the fourth occasion that members of the Mesirow Financial Investment Banking team have been named winners of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Awards by The M&A Advisor.

Winners of the 2016 M&A Advisor Awards were announced at the 15th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 9th at the New York Athletic Club. Award winners were selected from more than 320 nominations, representing more than 615 companies, by an independent judging committee of 35 top M&A experts.

"It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work and continued commitment to serving our clients. We are extremely pleased that we were able to assist the shareholders of Optimum in achieving optimal results,” said Louis Mitchell, managing director of Mesirow Financial Investment Banking.

Headquartered in Bloomer, Wisconsin, Optimum is a leading manufacturer of custom, specialty film solutions. The Company serves a diverse customer base across eleven core end markets, including automotive, packaging, aerospace, and food and beverage, among others. The sale of Optimum to Charter NEX enhances the combined company’s ability to serve a growing demand for customized film solutions. Together, the two companies offer a broader range of products and capabilities fueling continued growth.

The Mesirow Financial team was led by Louis Mitchell and included Adam Oakley, director, and Nathan Moeri, vice president.

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About Mesirow Financial Investment Banking
Mesirow Financial Investment Banking focuses exclusively on middle-market transactions and serves established middle-market companies and large corporations, both public and private, in merger & acquisition advisory, debt advisory, restructuring and special situations, fairness and solvency opinions, board of directors advisory and special committee representation. Our practice combines rich industry knowledge and long-standing relationships with expert advisory services in the middle market, and our full range of services allows us to serve clients at any stage of their business. For more information, please visit mesirowfinancial.com/investmentbanking.

About Mesirow Financial
Mesirow Financial is an independent, employee-owned firm founded in 1937. As specialists in investment, risk management and advisory services, we are committed to helping our institutional, corporate and individual clients achieve their objectives. Our professionals are inspired by an entrepreneurial desire to develop tailored solutions designed to deliver measurable results. To learn more, please visit mesirowfinancial.com.