Representative Transactions

Sale of The Laserflex Corporation to Chicago-Based Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc.

Kegler Brown’s Mergers + Acquisitions team advised The Laserflex Corporation and its shareholders on all aspects of the sale of the company to Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc., which closed in early 2017. Laserflex, a privately owned, full-service precision metal fabricator specializing in laser material processing technology, relied on Kegler Brown to negotiate the definitive share purchase agreement, as well as all ancillary agreements, including employment agreements and agreements among the selling shareholders. Kegler Brown’s lawyers advised on all additional aspects of the transaction, including tax matters, ERISA matters, labor and employment matters and environmental matters. 

Asset Acquisition of a West Virginia-Based Beverage Distributor

In December 2016, Kegler Brown represented Triple Crown Beverage Group in its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Proud Eagle, Inc. Triple Crown Beverage Group is a premier distributor of Anheuser-Busch and other beverage products, with operations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Proud Eagle was an Anheuser-Busch beer distributor with facilities in South Charleston and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sale of Midwest-Based Laundry Products Supplier

Kegler Brown served as counsel to an Ohio-based laundry and dry cleaning product supplier in connection with its sale to a Michigan-based private equity firm. Our lawyers advised the supplier and its owners on all aspects of the company’s sale, which was completed in mid-2016. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed publicly.

Representation of Technology Accelerator in Seed Investments

The intellectual property lawyers at Kegler Brown serve as investor-side deal counsel for a Columbus-based technology incubator and accelerator on its ongoing seed investments in IP-heavy start-up companies, including a special focus on IP diligence.

Sell-Side Counsel in the Acquisition of Legal Billing Software Developer

In March 2016, Kegler Brown represented developer No Surprises Software, Inc. in its acquisition by Mitratech, a leading provider of enterprise legal management solutions. No Surprises Software develops Viewabill, which provides unique billing solutions for the professional services industry – particularly those in the legal sector – allowing clients to monitor services and charges in real-time via the web. Kegler Brown provided counsel on nearly all aspects of the sale, from due diligence and negotiation, to advising the special committee of the board, coordinating with shareholders and more. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Managing Multiple Capital Raises for National Retail Food Brand

Kegler Brown has served as counsel to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which is consistently recognized as one of the country’s best dessert boutiques, for many years. Early in 2016, as part of our firm’s continuing role as a strategic business partner to the company, our lawyers advised the company’s owners throughout a series of capital infusion transactions, including multiple sales of convertible notes and equity warrants to national private equity investors. These transactions ultimately resulted in the sale of a controlling stake in the company, though financial terms were not disclosed.

Acquisition of a Tennessee-Based Collections Agency

In February 2016, Kegler Brown represented a diversified financial services and management consulting firm throughout the entirety of its acquisition of 100% of the stock of a Tennessee-based company that provides collection services and accounts receivable management.

Sell-Side Counsel in IBM Interactive Experience’s First Strategic Creative Agency Acquisition

The sale of Resource Ammirati to IBM made national headlines because the digital leader became the first strategic creative agency acquisition for IBM’s Interactive Experience business unit. Kegler Brown worked closely with Resource Ammirati shareholders and their IBM counterparts throughout the process, including identification of buyer, negotiation of terms, Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust clearance, and final consummation. Kegler Brown has served as counsel to Resource Ammirati for many years, providing comprehensive legal services in numerous areas and facilitating a number of transactions that have made news in the advertising world. The deal officially closed in February 2016 and financial terms were not disclosed publicly.

Purchase of Agricultural Business Line by Family-Owned Company

In May 2015, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented Remlinger Manufacturing Company in its purchase of Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s implement line business, including grain drills, row crop cultivators, shredders, rotary cutters, food plot planters, seeders, grain carts and rippers. Remlinger Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment and implements. Sukup Manufacturing is a major manufacturer of grain storage and dryers. The transaction was widely reported in the agricultural press, including Agri-Marketing.

Industrial Plant Acquisition by Brazilian Manufacturer from Dow Chemical Co.

Our lawyers advised Valfilm North America, Inc., a business unit of a large Brazilian packaging company, on its acquisition of The Dow Chemical Company’s Findlay, Ohio, polyolefin films plant. The transaction included elements related not only to the physical real estate assets, but also to certain intellectual property, strategic corporate tax planning, environmental implications and state tax incentives. The highly publicized transaction, was covered by The Wall Street Journal, Plastics News, and Yahoo Finance. Valfilm North America, Inc. is a part of the VALGROUP Packaging Solutions family of companies, which specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing flexible packaging in polyethylene. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is one of the world’s largest producers of chemical products.

Acquisition of Data Center Business Expands NC Energy Company

In late 2014, The M+A attorneys at Kegler Brown counseled PowerSecure International Inc. in its $13 million purchase of a data center and energy services business from Florida-based Power Design, Inc. (PDI). A leading provider of energy technologies and services to electric utilities and their customers, PowerSecure expanded its electrical infrastructure and data center capabilities and also its ability to accelerate communication with key data center decision makers through this acquisition. Our award-winning mergers and acquisitions team advised PowerSecure throughout each step of the purchase, which advances the company's aggressive growth strategy.

Asset Purchase for Employee-Owned Building Product Supplier

In October 2014, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented Palmer-Donavin in the purchase of substantially all of the assets of J.B. O’Meara Co. Palmer-Donavin and its Seal Rite business line are among the nation’s leaders in the sale and distribution of residential building supplies and authorized distributors of Therma-Tru Doors. J.B. O’Meara Co. supplies building materials and is an authorized Therma-Tru distributor in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Representation of Innovative Partnership to Commercialize Unique Technology Platform

In June 2014, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented inVentiv Health, Inc. in its exclusive multi-year sales and marketing partnership with Aprecia Pharmaceuticals. The partnership involves inVentiv providing key commercialization services in the development and commercialization of Aprecia’s proprietary ZipDose® product platform. inVentiv Health is a top-tier professional services organization that accelerates the clinical and commercial success of biopharmaceutical companies worldwide. Aprecia Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company with a particular focus on using 3D-printing technology. Read more about this unique partnership.

Cross-Border Asset Sale in the Robotics Industry

In May 2014, the lawyers at Kegler Brown represented RobotWorx in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Scott Technology Limited. RobotWorx is a leading integrator of new and used robotic systems and an authorized integrator of FANUC, Motoman, Kuka and ABB robotic systems. Scott Technology Limited, a publicly traded company in New Zealand, is an automated production systems maker that specializes in the design and manufacture of automated production systems for mining, meat and superconductor industries.

$37.6M Community Bank Cash-and-Stock Merger

Our lawyers advised Ohio Heritage Bancorp on its cash-and-stock merger with Peoples Bancorp Inc. for total consideration of approximately $37.6 million. Ohio Heritage Bank operates six full-service banking locations in Ohio. Peoples Bancorp is a NASDAQ-traded company, which operates out of 49 locations in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky through its Peoples Bank subsidiary. The transaction was announced on April 4, 2014, and was completed in the third quarter of 2014.

Sale of Interests in Ohio’s Leading Interconnect Point / Data Centers

In January 2014, our firm represented DataCenter.bz, LLC (and its affiliated companies) in the sale of all of the membership interests in the companies to Cologix, Inc. DataCenter.bz operates an interconnect hub and two enterprise-grade, network neutral data centers (designed to highly-secure Tier IV standards) and is a leading interconnect point in Ohio. Cologix is a leading network neutral interconnection and data center company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and operates network neutral data centers in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Growth Equity Investment in Fast-Casual Restaurant Business

Kegler Brown represented PIADA Italian Street Food, an authentic fast-casual Italian eatery based in Columbus, Ohio, with restaurants in Ohio and Indiana, in connection with a significant growth equity investment made by Catterton Partners, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm. Terms of the September 2013 transaction were not disclosed. At the time of the investment, PIADA had 14 locations across the Midwest, with 6 planned to open by the end of 2013. In 2013, PIADA was named one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ five “Hot Concepts” as well as one of Nation’s Restaurant news’ top 50 breakout trends.

Asset Acquisition of Dry Cleaning Industry Supplier in Atlantic Northeast

Kegler Brown’s transactional practice closed a strategic growth acquisition on behalf of a leading supplier to the dry cleaning and laundry industry with headquarters in the Midwest. Kegler Brown represented Aristocraft of America LLC (dba AristoCraft) and its affiliates in connection with this strategic growth acquisition, which AristoCraft expects will help it to increase its market share in the Atlantic Northeast region. Financial terms of the May 2013 transaction were not disclosed. AristoCraft, together with the EJ Thomas Company (its sister company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, which serves the Midwest market), is one of the leading distributors of laundry and dry cleaning supplies in the United States.

Sale of Major Business Application Software Company

Kegler Brown represented the controlling shareholder of TDCI, Inc. in its sale of TDCI to Infor (US), Inc. TDCI, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, provides leading software product configuration management solutions to manufacturers and distributors of customizable products and services. Infor is a leading provider of business application software that serves more than 70,000 customers in 194 countries. Financial terms of the May 2013 transaction were not disclosed.

Merger of Leading Energy Providers

PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE:POWR), a leading provider of energy technologies and services to electric utilities and their customers, acquired Solais Lighting, Inc., an innovative Massachusetts-based LED lighting business. Our attorneys represented PowerSecure and completed the merger in April 2013. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Majority Interest Sale Between Large Wholesale Distributors

Kegler Brown facilitated a majority interest sale between two large wholesale heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing and water treatment distributors. In February 2013, our team represented Carr Supply, Inc. and its shareholders in connection with the sale of a majority interest of Carr Supply to WinWholesale Inc. Founded in 1917, Carr Supply is a leading wholesaler with 15 locations throughout Ohio and Michigan. WinWholesale is the majority owner of more than 450 wholesale corporations, including Noland Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Asset Purchase of Energy Company

The transactional practice team at Kegler Brown represented PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE:POWR) in a February 2013 asset purchase of the energy services business of Lime Energy Co., a publicly traded company in the energy industry. PowerSecure is a provider of energy technologies and services to electric utilities and their customers.

Asset Sale of Major National Marketing Agency

Our attorneys assisted Retail Marketing Services East, Inc. (RMSe) in a major asset sale to BDS Marketing, Inc. in December 2012. RMSe is a leading retail installation design and construction provider for large retailers throughout the United States. BDS Marketing is a major national marketing agency for clients in retail industries. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Stock Redeemed for Midwest Nursing Home Shareholders

Kegler Brown represented the shareholders of a health care company that owns and operates nursing homes, rehabilitation communities and assisted living facilities throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania, in connection with a strategic redemption transaction. Financial terms of the December 2012 transaction were not disclosed

Business to Consumer E-Commerce Acquisition

Kegler Brown represented a strategic operating company in connection with its acquisition of a B2C e-commerce platform acquisition from a private equity firm. The acquisition was completed in July 2012.

Early-Stage Medical Technology Acquisition

Kegler Brown represented a publicly traded global medical technology company in its acquisition of an early-stage medical technology business in July 2012.

Sale of Energy Efficiency Business to Global Steel Manufacturer

Kegler Brown represented a leading energy efficiency solutions provider in its sale to a global steel manufacturer. Terms of the March 2012 transaction were not disclosed.

Asset Purchase of Ohio Tractor Distributor

JD Equipment Inc., one of the largest John Deere dealers in the Midwest, was represented by the lawyers at Kegler Brown in connection with its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Finton Equipment, LLC. Finton Equipment focuses on the sales and service of John Deere products in Coshocton, Ohio. The asset purchase was completed in March 2012.

Acquisition of Assets and IP of Software-as-a-Service Provider

The team at Kegler Brown represented a leading global provider of clinical, commercial and consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies in its acquisition of the assets and intellectual property of a provider of software-as-a-service to companies deploying mobile web applications. The transaction was completed in June 2011.