Mesirow Financial Investment Banking Wins Turnaround Atlas Award for Cross Border M&A Packaging Transaction

CHICAGO, July 8, 2015 – Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce that the firm’s Investment Banking group has been named the winner of Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Award for Cross Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year, Small Mid Markets. This is the group’s second award in 2015 recognizing excellence in deal-making.

Mesirow Financial Investment Banking won the 2015 Turnaround Atlas Award for its role as the financial advisor to Hedwin Corporation (“Hedwin”) in its Chapter 11 sale to Fujimori Kogyo Co., Ltd. (“Fujimori”), a Japan-based manufacturer of a variety of films, plastic packaging and packaging materials.

Winners were announced June 23rd at the 7th annual Turnaround Awards Gala Ceremony at The Field Museum in Chicago. For 2015, 410 transactions were scrutinized per strict and accurate eligibility standards.

The sale of Hedwin, a niche manufacturer of performance-oriented packaging, to Fujimori marries the assets and technical capabilities of two legacy companies in the global packaging industry. It creates a packaging company capable of providing global packaging solutions that exceed customers’ performance expectations.

“Mesirow Financial was honored to represent Hedwin and work closely with its management team and turnaround professional, Charles Deutchman, in this process,” stated Rick Weil, managing director in Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. “We’re confident that Hedwin’s value-added product offerings will thrive under Fujimori’s leadership and capital resources.”

The Mesirow Financial team was led by Managing Directors Bill Hornell and Rick Weil.

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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

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Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 1937, it is an independent, employee-owned firm with approximately 1,200 employees globally. With expertise in Investment Management, Global Markets, Insurance Services and Consulting, Mesirow Financial strives to meet the financial needs of institutions, public sector entities, corporations and individuals. For more information, visit