ACG British Columbia

2017 Dealmaker of the Year Awards

ACG awards Piper Sandler for consumer investment banking transactions 

ACG British Columbia's two annual awards celebrate the achievements of local M&A professionals and recognize industry excellence.

Deal of the Year

For 2017, Piper Sandler was a recipient of ACG British Columbia's Deal of the Year for advising Daiya Foods on its sale to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. (TSE: 4578). A team led by managing director Janica Lane and principal Dan Oxenham acted as exclusive financial advisor to Daiya and its selling shareholders on the transaction, which was valued at 405 million CAD. Based in Vancouver, Daiya Foods was among the pioneers in developing plant-based cheese alternatives and now sells its products in more than 25,000 grocery stores in the U.S., as well as nationally.

Dealmaker of the Year

ACG's second award, Dealmaker of the Year, honored Kicking Horse Coffee Co.'s co-founder and CEO Elana Rosenfeld. A team led by Janica Lane, managing director Carlos Sanchez and principal Kevin Krouse also exclusively advised Kicking Horse in 2017 on its sale to the Lavazza Group with a total enterprise value of 215 million CAD. Founded in 1996, Kicking Horse has distinguished itself through market leadership in Canada and remarkable growth. Lavazza acquired an 80% interest in the company, while Elana Rosenfeld retained a 20% equity stake and remains CEO.

About the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is the global community for middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. Its 14,500 members include professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from investment banking, law and accounting that provide advisory services. Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 56 chapters.

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