Deal of the Year, International/Overall, 2014: Riverside


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SNAPSHOT Firm: The Riverside Company Target: Capol GmbH Hold Period: Four years Advisor: KPMG (representing Riverside on sale) WHY THE FIRM WON * Professionalized the company * Completed a successful add-on acquisition * Grew the company globally

The Riverside Company has a definite type of deal that it likes. And back in 2009, the lower-mid-market buyout shop took a shine to Capol GmbH, whose polishing and anti-sticking agents are used to make such products as jellybeans, gummy bears and aspirin.

“It’s not really a well-known company even though many people come in contact with their products on a daily basis,” said Domenic Heer, lead investor on the deal and a principal in Riverside’s Munich office. ”That said, it had all the typical makings ...

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