Mergers & Acquisitions has announced the Rising Stars of Private Equity. These 11 up-and-coming investors are expected to play significant leadership in the future. Among them are: Ethan Liebermann, who led TA Associates’ investments in Aldevron and MedRisk and co-sponsored CCRM, Datix and SoftWriters; and Jennifer Roach, who helped Yellow Wood Partners build PDC Brands and sell it to CVC Capital Partners. As we spoke with dealmakers about the 11 Rising Stars, common themes emerged. All have demonstrated the ability to handle many aspects of the PE business, including: fostering trusted relationships and developing deep networks throughout the sectors they invest in; forging and/or expanding their firm’s investments in key sectors; identifying add-on acquisitions and other opportunities for portfolio companies; representing their firms well in the marketplace; and taking on leadership roles within their firms, including developing new systems and tools and training other dealmakers.

Congratulations to Mergers & Acquisitions’ 11 Rising Stars of Private Equity:

Daniel Hopkin, Partner, Kainos Capital
John Kos, Principal, GTCR
Erik Latterell, Director, Stone Arch Capital
Ethan Liebermann, Principal, TA Associates
Jaime McKenzie, Director, Monomoy Capital
Jennifer Roach, Vice President, Yellow Wood Partners
Joseph Rondinelli, Principal, Frontenac
David Shainberg, Vice President, Balmoral
Tom Smithburg, Vice President, Shore Capital Partners
Nicholas Stone, Managing Director, Cyprium Partners
Afaf Ibraheem Warren, Senior Associate, Siris Capital

For profiles of the emerging leaders, see Meet Mergers & Acquisitions’ 11 Rising Stars of Private Equity.

Deal news
Clearview Capital has closed its fourth equity fund at $550 along with its first mezzanine fund at $108 million. “For the past nineteen years we have remained committed to the lower middle market and intend to continue to pursue the strategy that has served us well since our inception,” says Clearview co-founder Calvin Neider. Clearview invests $15 million to $75 million per transaction in companies in the business services, healthcare services, manufacturing anddistribution sectors. Lazard Frères & Co. and Kirkland & Ellis advised Clearview.

RF Investment Partners SBIC LP has closed its first fund at $252.3 million. “With fundraising now complete, we are eager to grow our portfolio, currently consisting of three investments, and prudently deploy the fund’s capital in support of compelling, growth-oriented lower-middle-market companies in attractive, niche industries,” says RF co-founder Peter Fidler. With offices in New York and Chicago, RF invests $5 million to $20 million in lower middle market companies with $2 million to $10 million of Ebitda. Fidler co-founded RF along with Peter Rothschild. They both previously founded lower mid-market SBIC fund Tamarix.

BC Partners is buying a majority stake in Navex Global, a provider of of governance, risk management and compliance software. Vista Equity is keeping a minority stake in the target. Shea & Co. and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP are advising BC. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) and Kirkland & Ellis are advising Navex.

Cannabis-focused investment firm Salveo Capital has acquired a minority stake in PathogenDX, a a provider of DNA-based pathogen testing kits for the cannabis, botanical, food and agriculture industries. For more on what is driving M&A trends in Cannabis, see How to seize M&A opportunities in marijuana’s gray market.

Schott AG, a glass and ceramic materials materials manufacturer based in Mainz, Germany, is acquiring Primoceler Oy, a maker of glass micro bonding products. The deal is part of Schott’s strategy to expand its services through M&A.

People Moves
John Bohenick has been named CEO at Hidden Harbor-backed auto parts maker Cloyes Gear & Products. Bohenick was most recently the CEO engine parts manufacturer Dayco.

Michael Fabiano has joined Platinum Equity as a managing director, where he is leading the formation of the firm’s credit investing division. Fabiano was most recently with GSO Capital Partners, the global credit investment platform of Blacktsone Group LP (NYSE: BX).

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