Representative Matters

  • johnnie-O, the next great iconic American brand, today announced that it has closed an investment of $108 million from Wasatch Global Investors (“Wasatch”) and Ares Management Corporation (“Ares”) funds. After giving effect to the financing, Wasatch and Ares funds collectively will hold a minority interest in the Company.

  • Finn Dixon & Herling LLP is pleased to announce that Skawenniio Barnes, Colin McKeon, Tony Miodonka and Austin Pendleton were elected partners of the Firm, and David Allen and Ryan Sexton were promoted to the position of counsel, effective January 1, 2022.  

  • Patten Seed Company completed its second add-on acquisition since Heartwood Partners’ initial investment and expanded its sod-growing footprint westward by purchased Frog Pond Turf in December 2021. Frog Pond was established in 1997 by the Baker Family (Bill, Kimberly and Brad) and is headquartered in Opelika, Ala. Brad Baker, farm manager of Frog Pond, will continue in that role at Super-Sod managing over 1,400 acres of turfgrass production. This acquisition marks Super-Sod’s first foray into cultivating Alabama farmland and enables their reach into the Auburn, Montgomery, and Birmingham markets, while offering additional supply of Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass to serve their Columbus, Newnan, and Atlanta, Georgia customers.

  • “Velvet Taco (the "Company"), the popular Dallas-based restaurant concept serving up globally inspired tacos, today announced that Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. ("LGP") acquired a majority stake in Velvet Taco from L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm, and FB Society (formerly Front Burner Restaurants), which spearheaded the creation of Velvet Taco ten years ago.”

  • Represented L Catterton, the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm, and Velvet Taco (“VT”), the popular Dallas-based restaurant concept serving up globally inspired tacos, in the sale of a majority stake in VT to Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

  • Heartwood Partners is pleased to announce that its portfolio company Patten Seed, a multi-generation family and management-run business with numerous farms, its Super-Sod retail stores, and an eCommerce platform serving Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, has acquired Mid Tenn Turf.  This acquisition allows Patten Seed to expand into Tennessee.

  • Represented Sur-Seal (a Heartwood Partners investment company) in its acquisition of Spectex, a New Hampshire based company specializing in custom engineering, converting, and manufacturing of flexible materials.

  • Represented L Catterton in its investment in Savage X Fenty, a celebrity-backed lingerie brand. L Catterton was the lead investor in Savage X Fenty’s Series B round. 

  • Represented Southfield Capital in its acquisition of Alba Wheels Up, a logistics services company providing customs brokerage, freight forwarding and other related services for U.S. importers and exporters.

  • Represented Gridiron Capital LLC, in its acquisition of GSM Outdoors from Sentinel Capital Partners, L.L.C.

  • Represented L Catterton in its investment in Better.com, an online mortgage lending company. L Catterton was the lead investor in Better.com’s Series D round.

  • Represented BIC Corporation, a subsidiary of Société BIC S.A., in its proposed acquisition of Rocketbook, the leading smart and reusable notebook brand in the U.S.

  • Connecticut Veteran’s Legal Center Honors FDH for its outstanding Pro Bono Service on behalf of Veterans.

  • Represented seller of Easton Diamond Sports in its proposed sale to Rawlings Sporting Goods.

  • Represented L Catterton in its investment in 98point6, Inc., an on-demand digital primary care service.

  • Represented an affiliate of Brand Velocity Partners in its acquisition of BBQGuys.com, an online barbeque grill retailer and Blaze, a manufacturer of high-end barbeque grills, and related debt financing arrangements.

  • Represented Colibri Group, portfolio company of Gridiron Capital, in its acquisition of HomeCEU, a leader in online continuing education for healthcare professionals with a focus in therapy professions.

  • Represented Capital Partners in its acquisition and related debt financing of MicroCare, LLC, a developer, manufacturer, filler, and packager of industrial-use cleaning fluids, coatings, related packaging, and dispensing solutions for the electronics, fiber optic, medical, and precision cleaning end markets.

  • Represented CMI, Limited Co., a manufacturer and fabricator of engineered products and portfolio company of Capital Partners, in its acquisition of Engineered Plastic Systems, LLC, a manufacturing company specializing in synthetic lumber fabrication and product development.

  • Represented MCD-Kissner, LP, a rollover and investment vehicle, in connection with its investment in Stone Canyon Industries Holdings’ $2 Billion Acquisition of Kissner Group Holdings. 

  • Represented Genesis Research LLC, a leading provider of data analytics, health economics outcomes, real world evidence, value demonstration and scientific communications services to the health and life sciences industries, in a growth investment by Rallyday Partners.

  • Represented Town Hall Ventures, LLC in connection with the offering of its second fund, which held its first and final closing in February hitting its initial commitment cap at $260 million.

  • Represented Metropolitan Partners Group Administration, LLC and its affiliates as agent and lenders in a senior secured loan facility to Global K9 Protection Group, LLC, a Veteran Owned and Operated business focused on delivering reliable, sustainable and compliant cargo screening solutions. Metropolitan Partners is a direct-lending fund that provides senior-secured, transitional loans to small and mid-sized businesses.

  • Represented Legility, a technology-enabled legal operations services provider and portfolio company of Gridiron Capital, in its acquisition of international e-discovery solution provider Inventus.

  • Represented Injector Support & Services LLC, a leading third-party provider in the medical contrast injector industry, in the sale of its assets to 626 Holdings, LLC.

  • Represented Colibri Group, a portfolio company of Gridiron Capital, in its acquisition of Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, LLC, a leading health care education provider.

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