Clavis Capital recaps Solair

Clavis Capital Partners has led the recapitalization of Solair Group Inc. No financial terms were disclosed for the transaction that was also done with Wesley Yale, Solair’s president and co-founder. Greyrock Capital Partners provided the financing. Corporate Finance Associates‘ Chicago office served as advisor to Solair. Based in Miami, Florida, Solair is a supplier of tooling and ground support equipment for all types of aircraft.


CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago office of Corporate Finance Associates, an international investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition and financial advisory services, is pleased to announce that it was the exclusive advisor to Solair Group, Inc. (Solair) on its recapitalization led by Clavis Capital Partners and its President and Co-Founder, Wesley Yale.

Founded in 2001 and based in Miami, Florida, Solair Group Inc. is a global supplier of tooling and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for all types of aircraft. They offer full service technical support, maintenance tooling, ground support equipment, repairs, recertification, and calibration. Their customers include some of the world’s largest airlines, OEMs, military and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) providers. In 2005, Solair partnered with Hycom Netherlands to support recertification and calibration for all their Ram Air Turbine (R.A.T.) Units and currently supports all sales, service, and parts for Hycom in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The Chicago office of CFA, acted as the sole advisor to Solair, which included M&A advisory services and financial expertise throughout the entire phase of the sale process. The transaction was led by Joe Contaldo, Managing Director and Global Head of the firm’s Aerospace, Aviation and Defense Industry Practice Group.

“We selected Joe Contaldo and his aerospace team for his knowledge, connections, experience and excitement for our industry,” stated Wesley Yale, President. “They guided us in every aspect of the transaction and exceeded our expectations. They were the perfect fit for Solair.”

Financing for the transaction was provided by Greyrock Capital Partners.

About Clavis Capital Partners
Clavis Capital Partners is a team of operating professionals who are experienced and passionate about building sustainable, competitive and successful businesses. They focus on investments in lower middle-market businesses with enterprise values from $10 million to $200 million. Each of the firm’s principals and advisors have significant, direct experience in successfully running and managing businesses across a range of industrial and service sectors. Since 1994, their principals have completed over 20 transactions representing over $1 billion of equity deployed.

About Corporate Finance Associates
Founded in 1956, Corporate Finance Associates is one of the largest and most experienced middle-market M&A advisory and investment banking firms in the nation. CFA has offices across the United States, Canada, and India, with partner offices in Brazil, China, and throughout Europe. More information is available at Securities offered through Corporate Finance Securities, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC.