Industry Transactions

We have represented companies in the following industries:

 

Technology & Telecommunications

  • Worldport Communications, Inc.: A NASDAQ listed international telecommunications (WRDP) facility-based carrier (Houston, TX). This company had international switching matrixes in New York, Florida and California specializing in the delivery of calls worldwide at highly competitive rates. Worldport re-originated U.S. based international calls through its trans-Atlantic fiber optic network to 120 cities around the world. Worldport received significant growth financing through a large private equity firm (Chicago, IL) and secured $300M in financing from Canadian Imperial Bancorp. Worldport Communications achieved a $350M NASDAQ market cap and was sold in a private transaction in 1999 for $570M to Energis, ltd of London England. John Dalton was a co-founder and President-CEO of Worldport.
  • An affiliated group of privately-held, international computer network systems integration service companies located in the largest cities in the U.S. and Canada. Collectively they were the fifth largest LAN/WAN systems integrator in North America with gross revenues in excess of $200 million annually.  The group offered a range of computer systems services including consulting, network integration, systems integration, training, project management, database design/implementation, and software application development.  In only four months we generated offers for the group from seven multi-billion dollar public companies.  All seven of these potential acquirers were computer-related companies that fit strategically with the group.  Approximately one-third of the group members accepted offers from one major NYSE acquirer and the other members accepted offers from a second, large NYSE-listed acquirer.  As a result of this transaction, Bill McDonald was awarded “Dealmaker of the Year” by M&A International.  Member companies we represented included:
  • Atlanta
  • Buffalo
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Ottawa
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Washington C.
  • iThinQware (Addison, TX):  An advanced technology company whose products provide law enforcement and the general public with powerful new ways of connecting using smart phones, tablets and PCs.  Through our affiliated company we raised venture-stage capital for iThinQware which enabled them to substantially expand their marketing effort nationwide and to increase their revenues by a factor of 10.  John Dalton serves as Chairman of the Board for iThinQware and will manage a public filing of their stock.
  • A full-service, enterprise design and implementation company (Chicago, IL), including Novell, NT and UNIX network solutions, serving more than 500 clients in a broad range of industries.  The company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed provider (Boston, MA) of information technology business solutions which is focused on the mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies.  As a result of this transaction, Bill McDonald was awarded his second “Dealmaker of the Year” by M&A International.
  • A full-service networking services company (Parsippany, NJ) which provides IT design and consulting, procurement and deployment, operation and support, enhancement and migrations services.  This company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed specialty telecommunications and high-technology company (St. Louis, MO) whose focus is to capitalize on the worldwide move from analog to digital.
  • A technology resources company (Plano, TX) providing software programming and systems consulting expertise, outsourcing, and recruiting for the Enterprise-wide Resource Planning (ERP) industry.  This company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed provider (Boston, MA) of information technology business solutions which is focused on the mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies.
  • A leading international provider (Iselin, NJ) of complex, high-quality IT consulting solutions for client/server applications, e-commerce and Internet technologies, database and network management, and ERP/CRM practices.  This company was acquired by a Euronext-listed, specialized software and IT services company which provides high added-value advisory and integration services worldwide (Paris, France).
  • The recognized world’s premier integrator (Rochester, NY) of custom touchscreen technology display solutions for major, Fortune 1000 companies.  This company was acquired by a NYSE-listed manufacturer of components and products for a variety of industries including automotive, data communication systems, consumer electronics, telecommunications, aerospace, defense and marine, medical, energy and lighting (New York, NY).
  • A systems integration company (Boston, MA) specializing in the engineering and implementation of data communications and telecommunications networks.  This company was acquired by a NYSE-listed provider of a broad range of enterprise-critical products and services for medium and small businesses (Washington, DC).
  • A leading computer network systems integration company (El Paso, TX) which provides total network solutions to the education, commercial and government markets.  This company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed provider of solutions for mobile technology, asset tracking, proprietary RFID solutions and large scale network solutions (Santa Monica, CA).
  • A full-range systems integration company (Costa Mesa, CA) serving Fortune 500 clients with custom applications, network solutions and technical training.  This company was acquired by a leading, Nasdaq-listed provider of information technology (IT) consulting services (San Francisco, CA).
  • An information technology consulting company (Boston, MA) which provides network systems consulting, engineering and training services.  This company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed provider (Boston, MA) of information technology business solutions which is focused on the mid-market and Fortune 1000 companies.
  • The information technology solutions and services division (Madison, WI) of a NYSE-listed provider of a broad range of enterprise-critical products and services for medium and small businesses (Washington, DC).  This divested division was acquired by its management with financing provided by IBM Credit Corporation.
  • The original Internet portal (Cupertino, CA) devoted exclusively to career solutions and highly-specialized online HR services including recruiting, outplacement, benefits, compensation, payroll, accounting, training and legal services.  This company received substantial growth financing from a major Silicon Valley-based private equity group (San Francisco, CA).
  • An OTC-listed, advanced video applications technology company (Plano, TX) which was a provider of choice for Fortune 1000 companies and telecom carriers worldwide.  This company was acquired by a major, private telecommunications service provider (Reno, NV).
  • A premier systems integration and network support company (Nashville, TN) specializing in LAN/WAN implementation and other professional IT services. The company was acquired by a major, privately-held information technology company (Columbus, OH) with 14 service offices across the United States.
  • Calypso Wireless Inc, (Houston, TX), a telecommunications IP company which developed and controlled multiple international patents covering fixed mobile convergence technology between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.  John Dalton led an investment group which raised significant growth capital for Calypso.

Manufacturing

  • An international manufacturer (Curitiba, Parana, Brazil) of extrusion-molded, flexible plastic packaging used in the food processing, chemicals, food retail and specialty packaging industries.  A majority ownership in this company was acquired by a major, international private equity group (Dallas, TX).
  • The developer and manufacturer (Austin, TX) of a highly-advanced, internal, uninterruptible power supply for computers.  This company was acquired by a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange-listed, international provider of alternative and renewable energy technologies (Yavne, Israel).

Energy

  • TerraSond Limited: a multidisciplinary geospatial and geophysical company with extensive global experience in offshore energy survey work. TerraSond delivers innovative and reliable geospatial solutions in areas such as marine geophysical surveys, exploration and production support surveys, engineering support surveys, and marine hydrographic and oceanographic surveys. The acquirer, Acteon Group Ltd., is a UK-based, global energy subsea services group which has partnered with Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts (KKR & Co.) to build one of the largest geophysical services companies in the world.
  • John Dalton was angel investor in ATAG, Inc., a blow-out preventer energy manufacturing company utilizing new technology to achieve control of deep water Gulf of Mexico wells for three major offshore drilling companies. The company was sold to Oceaneering International, Inc. during 2003 for $5M.
  • A next-generation utility/energy service company (Ontario, Canada) which integrates established hydrogen and other renewable energy technologies with newer, leading-edge intellectual property and products.  This company received significant research and development financing by the U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.).
  • Venture-stage funding for a vertical-axis wind turbine company (Plano, TX) financed by a Private Investor.

Business Services

  • A business management consulting company (Troy, MI) which uses its highly automated data transmission, telecommunications, information systems and distribution center to provide record-keeping, administration and investor services for the limited partnership industry as well as outsourced administration of employee direct stock purchase plans and employee stock option plans for publicly traded corporations.  This company was acquired by
    a Nasdaq-listed, single-source provider of document management services (Dallas, TX).
  • The automatic identification and data collection division (Richardson, TX) of the leading U.S. provider of mailing lists, sales lists and marketing services (Omaha, NE).  This divested division was acquired by a full-service information management company which focuses on education, survey and document services (Austin, TX).
  • An employment opportunities company (Huntsville, AL) with temporary services, employment agency and PEO operations.  Management acquired this company with mezzanine financing provided by a large venture capital firm which specializes in management buyouts (Nashville, TN).
  • A document and business management company (St. Louis, MO) which is focused on the middle market of the U.S. Midwest.  This company was acquired by a Nasdaq-listed, single-source provider of document management services (Dallas, TX).