ARCADIS to buy PE-backed Callison

ARCADIS has agreed to acquire Callison, a portfolio company of Blue Point Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Harris Williams & Co. is serving as financial advisor to Callison. Based in Seattle, Callison is an architecture and interior design firm.


RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces that Callison, LLC (Callison), a global architecture and interior design firm and portfolio company of Blue Point Capital Partners (Blue Point), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ARCADIS NV (ENXTAM: ARCAD). ARCADIS is a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm. Through the cross-border pending acquisition, ARCADIS intends to leverage the activities of Callison with the existing capabilities of its subsidiary RTKL to create a global leader in high level design and architecture. Harris Williams & Co. is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to Callison. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014 and is subject to approval by Chinese authorities (for operations in China) and customary closing requirements. It is being led by John Neuner of Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office and Todd Morris, Matt Conaty, and Zach England of Harris Williams & Co.’s San Francisco office.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Callison and to represent Blue Point on a successful exit. Callison has established the leading position in global retail and mixed use architecture and design services through its unique design approach called ‘User Driven Design.’ This approach fosters long-term client relationships by prioritizing each client’s business objectives throughout the design process and promotes a continuous culture of improvement,” said John Neuner, managing director at Harris Williams & Co.

“ARCADIS is acquiring the premier retail architecture and design firm in the world, providing unmatched design innovation, client support, and services,” said Matt Conaty, vice president at Harris Williams & Co. “During the past several years, Callison has experienced rapid growth in revenue and profitability, and the combination with ARCADIS’s global resources positions the entity to achieve even greater results in the future.”

Founded in 1975 and based in Seattle, WA, Callison is a global leader in retail design and mixed-use development, with offices in the United States, China, Europe, the Middle East, and Mexico and projects in over 25 countries. Callison provides comprehensive services for top retail brands, developers, and corporate clients globally, including Nordstrom, Cole Haan, JCPenney, Zara, Williams-Sonoma, and IKEA.

Blue Point is a private equity firm with a 24-year track record. Blue Point partners with entrepreneurs and management teams investing in and growing lower middle market companies and manages over $800 million in committed capital across three institutional funds.

ARCADIS is a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm working in partnership with clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes through the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. The firm is headquartered in Amsterdam.

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