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DAK Announces Sale of American Van Equipment to Safe Fleet

Rochelle Park, NJ – DAK, a leading investment bank specializing in middle-market mergers and acquisitions worldwide, announces the sale of its client American Van Equipment, headquartered in Lakewood, NJ to Safe Fleet of Belton, MO. DAK served as the exclusive investment banker and financial advisor to American Van, managing the entire divestiture process. “The owners

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Optimistic outlook for middle market M&A in 2012

February 2012: After a lurching rise, then fall, of U.S. middle market M&A transactions in 2011, we expect key factors to fuel increasing activity in 2012. The prevalence of idle cash on hand, a pent-up demand for high-performing acquisition candidates, and the likely capital gains tax increase will all serve as drivers. Savvy business owners

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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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