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Harris Williams Advised Niagara LaSalle in Sale to Optima Specialty Steel

Harris Williams, an investment bank focused on middle-market transactions, announced today that it advised Niagara LaSalle Corp. on its pending sale to Optima Specialty Steel. Niagara, which makes cold finished steel bars, is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. Optima Specialty Steel is a subsidiary of Optima Acquisitions, a U.S.-based investment firm with affiliated holdings in steel, mining, real-estate and other industries


Harris Williams & Co., premier middle market investment bank, announces that Niagara LaSalle Corporation (Niagara LaSalle) has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by strategic buyer Optima Specialty Steel, Inc.  Pursuant to the merger agreement, Optima Specialty Steel will acquire 100% of Niagara LaSalle.  Niagara LaSalle is a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, LLC, a leading U.S. private equity firm.  Harris Williams & Co. is acting as the exclusive advisor to Niagara LaSalle.  The transaction is being led by Mike Hogan, Ned Valentine, John Arendale, Dave Kennedy and Doug Kinard from the firm’s Richmond office along with Jeremy Eberlein from the firm’s Cleveland office.

Niagara LaSalle is North America’s largest independent manufacturer of high quality engineered cold finished steel bars, serving a broad range of customers in diverse end markets including automotive, energy, agriculture, and industrial equipment.  As a result of the merger, Niagara LaSalle will become a significant part of Optima Specialty Steel along with Optima Specialty Steel’s wholly-owned subsidiary Michigan Seamless Tube, LLC, a leading independent manufacturer of value-added precision-tolerance, cold drawn seamless tubes.

“Niagara LaSalle is the market leader in the cold finished steel bar industry with a track record of product innovation and unmatched customer service, which attracted strong interest from leading domestic and international steel processors.  Its merger with Optima Specialty Steel will further strengthen its current market position and enhance its opportunity to continue to grow.  The transaction exemplifies the opportunities that are available with the right strategic partner for a leader in a targeted market,” said Mike Hogan, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co.

“We have known the Kohlberg team for many years, and are delighted to have represented them on this transaction.  We are pleased to have found a partner for Niagara LaSalle that shares its vision for the future, and we look forward to watching as the company expands going forward,” said John Arendale, a director at Harris Williams & Co.

Kohlberg & Company, LLC is a leading private equity firm that invests in middle market companies.  Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has completed 56 platform investments and 109 add-on acquisitions, with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $8 billion.

Optima Specialty Steel, Inc. is a subsidiary of Optima Acquisitions, LLC, and a U.S.-based investment firm with affiliated holdings in steel, ferroalloys, mining, real-estate and other industries. Current affiliated companies in the steel and metals industry include Michigan Seamless Tube, LCC, Warren Steel Holdings, LLC, Steel Rolling Holdings, Inc., CC Metals & Alloys, LLC, Felman Production, Inc. and Felman Trading, Inc.

Harris Williams & Co., a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is the premier middle market advisor with a two-decade legacy of sell side excellence serving clients worldwide.  The firm is focused exclusively on the middle market and provides sell side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.  For more information, contact Mike Hogan or Ned Valentine at +1 (804) 648-0072.

Investment banking services are provided by Harris Williams LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC, and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd, an Appointed Representative of Sturgeon Ventures LLP, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.  Harris Williams & Co. is a trade name under which Harris Williams LLC and Harris Williams & Co. Ltd conduct business in the U.S. and Europe, respectively.