Is Now the Right Time to Buy, Sell or Invest in a Family-Owned or Closely Held Business?

DAK’s President, Alan Scharfstein, joins the CIANJ panel to discuss when is the right time to buy, sell, or invest in a family owned or closely held business. No one can argue that the last two years of owning and operating a business have been challenging, trying times. The pandemic required many businesses to fight for their survival and altered plans for planned growth and expansion. After riding the roller coaster the last few years, some may want to justifiably get off. But is now the right time to sell your family or closely-held business? Is now the time to invest or buy such a business? The CIANJ and fellow family business owners and industry experts discuss the pros and cons of selling, buying, or investing in a business in the current market.



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VCI – Emergency Vehicle Specialists recapitalized by Tightrope Capital & NewSpring Capital

VCI is the preeminent full lifecycle sales and service provider of emergency ambulance solutions to first aid squads, EMS organizations, fire departments, hospital organizations, municipalities, and private medical transport companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. VCI was recapitalized by private equity firms Tightrope Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

DAK led a competitive, sell-side process for VCI, generating multiple offers from a wide range of strategic buyers and financial sponsors. By positioning the combination of VCI’s market leadership position, comprehensive services offering, strong manufacturer relationships, and robust backlog, DAK achieved an outstanding outcome for the company’s shareholders.

The acquisition provides the shareholders of VCI an opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy by expanding its core ambulance business, building out the value-added segments of conversions and remounts, implementing operational improvements, and pursuing acquisitions with the help of its new partners. Tightrope and NewSpring have an opportunity to leverage VCI’s strong management team and operating platform to build a multi-regional player in emergency ambulance solutions.

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