Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces it advised Convergint Technologies (Convergint), a portfolio company of the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES; Ares), on its investment from Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (LGP) and funds managed by Harvest Partners, LP (Harvest). Convergint is a global leader in service-based systems integration. Bob Baltimore, Derek Lewis, Brian Lucas, Graham Gillam, David Shim and Brian Holden of the Harris Williams Business Services Group worked on the transaction.
“Building on the foundation that was set with Ares, the addition of LGP and Harvest will continue to add resources and capabilities to the Convergint platform. This will help continue their longstanding track record of fostering the development of its colleagues and delivering outstanding service to its customers,” said Bob Baltimore, a managing director at Harris Williams.
“This transaction highlights the ongoing strong interest from investors for world-class services platforms in the commercial and industrial sector, particularly for industry leaders delivering non-discretionary services and exceptional customer service,” added Graham Gillam, a director at Harris Williams.
Convergint is a $1.8 billion global, industry-leading systems integrator that designs, installs, and services electronic security, cybersecurity, fire and life safety, building automation, and audio-visual systems. Listed as the number one systems integrator in SDM Magazine’s Top Systems Integrators Report for the past four years, Convergint leads with over 7,100 colleagues and more than 150 locations worldwide.
Ares Management Corporation is a leading global alternative investment manager offering clients complementary primary and secondary investment solutions across the credit, private equity, real estate and infrastructure asset classes. Ares Management Corporation seeks to provide flexible capital to support businesses and create value for its stakeholders and within its communities. By collaborating across investment groups, Ares Management Corporation aims to generate consistent and attractive investment returns throughout market cycles. As of September 30, 2021, Ares Management Corporation’s global platform had approximately $282 billion of assets under management, with approximately 2,000 employees operating across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
LGP is a leading private equity investment firm founded in 1989 and based in Los Angeles with over $50 billion of assets under management. The firm partners with experienced management teams and often with founders to invest in market-leading companies. Since inception, LGP has invested in over 100 companies in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth equity, and selective public equity and debt positions. The firm primarily focuses on companies providing services, including consumer, business and healthcare services, as well as retail, distribution and industrials.
Founded in 1981, Harvest is an established New York-based private equity investment firm that focuses on investments in middle market companies in the business services and industrial services, consumer, healthcare, industrials, and software industries. Harvest's control strategy leverages the firm's 40 years of experience in financing organic and acquisition-oriented growth.
Harris Williams, an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, advocates for sellers and buyers of companies worldwide through critical milestones and provides thoughtful advice during the lives of their businesses. By collaborating as one firm across Industry Groups and geographies, the firm helps its clients achieve outcomes that support their objectives and strategically create value. Harris Williams is committed to execution excellence and to building enduring, valued relationships that are based on mutual trust. Harris Williams is a subsidiary of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).
The Harris Williams Business Services Group has experience advising companies that provide a range of commercial, industrial and professional services. For more information on the firm’s Business Services Group and other recent transactions, visit the Business Services Group’s section of the Harris Williams website.
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