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FT Partners Advises AmWINS on its Growth Recapitalization

Overview of Transaction
  • On April 17, 2012, AmWINS Group, Inc. ("AmWINS") announced a partnership with New Mountain Capital in a growth-oriented recapitalization valued at approximately $1.3 billion
  • AmWINS, a portfolio company of Parthenon Capital Partners ("Parthenon"), is a leading global specialty insurance distributor placing over $7 billion in premiums annually
  • Parthenon is a control investor in financial and insurance services, business services and healthcare businesses and recently closed its fourth mid-market fund at its cap of $700 million
  • New Mountain Capital is a leading private equity firm with over $9 billion in assets under management
  • The transaction is expected to close within the next 60 days
Significance of Transaction
  • Represents the largest private equity insurance transaction and one of the largest private equity transactions of 2012
  • High-profile transaction with significant interest from leading private equity firms and strategic partners
  • Achieves highly attractive outcome for both buyer and sellers
  • Buyer able to gain shared control while retaining and motivating management
  • Sellers able to monetize portion of ownership at a strong valuation while retaining significant upside from future growth
  • Positions AmWINS well to pursue additional growth opportunities and expand its industry-leading platform by leveraging New Mountain Capital’s strategic relationships and operational capabilities
FT Partners' Role
  • FT Partners served as lead strategic and financial advisor to AmWINS and its Board of Directors
  • FT Partners developed a detailed and comprehensive set of marketing materials and financial analyses to highlight the unique value of AmWINS and enable efficient and thorough investor diligence
  • Transaction demonstrates FT Partners' continued success in achieving highly attractive outcomes for leading insurance and financial technology firms