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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Knot Standard, a global leader of "made-to-wear" and in AI-powered custom clothing solutions, in its strategic merger with esteemed fashion retailer Billy Reid. This strategic move not only signifies a significant step forward in the retail industry, but also showcases Knot Standard's commitment to expanding its innovative technology and custom clothing solutions on a global scale.

The merger brings together Knot Standard's advanced technology and client experience with Billy Reid's strong national presence. Billy Reid will take immediate control of Knot Standard's eight retail locations, integrating these into its existing operations to offer a combined total of 19 locations nationwide. This expansion is set to enhance the retail experience for customers across the country, providing them with unparalleled access to custom-made clothing that perfectly fits their individual style and measurements.

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Knot Standard, a global leader of "made-to-wear" and in AI-powered custom clothing solutions, in its strategic merger with esteemed fashion retailer Billy Reid. This strategic move not only signifies a significant step forward in the retail industry, but also showcases Knot Standard's commitment to expanding its innovative technology and custom clothing solutions on a global scale.

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Precision Global Consulting (“PGC Group”), a leading provider of employer of record (EOR) solutions in North America, in its acquisition by Workwell, a provider of tech-enabled, compliant employer of record and workforce management solutions.

Founded in 2000, PGC Group became a trailblazer in the US outsourced employment space, quickly expanding to Canada and the UK. Its proprietary technology solution, Precision, allowed the company to scale into a robust company that serves as the go-to solution for the top global recruiting firms.

The transaction instantly establishes the combined business as a trusted and tech-enabled international employer of record for its clients and the wider market, with scaled capability in the world’s major recruitment and hiring markets and fulfils Workwell’s ambition to become a truly global provider.

The transaction brings significant financial strength with a combined turnover in excess of £1.4 billion (USD $1.7B) and more than 40,000 contingent workers served globally. The combined group will have in-country operations across North America, the UK and the majority of Europe, with further solutions covering the rest of the world, all united by a common tech platform.

“Cascadia was an invaluable partner throughout our M&A journey, demonstrating a deep understanding of our business model and client base,” commented Adam Coleman, Founder and CEO of PGC Group, who will join the board of Workwell. “Their unwavering commitment to our team and business resulted in an outstanding outcome, with a perfectly aligned partner.”

“For Workwell to become a global leader in employment and contractor management services, the provision of US capability is critical and has been on our strategic roadmap for some time. With a market-leading position, long-established reputation for quality and UK brand recognition, PGC Group was the obvious choice for us,” added John Hoskin, CEO of the combined global business. “The combined business creates a powerhouse in the global market space. In the rapidly evolving landscape of workforce solutions, we are now well positioned to capture maximum global market share.”

“The demand for highly consultative outsourcing continues to accelerate due to the expansion of the need for flexible workforce solutions and outsourced HR services to support,” said Hugh Campbell, Managing Director and Head of Cascadia’s Business Services team. “PGC’s approach is emblematic of the power the right mix of technology and services can have in optimizing the talent, recruitment, and HR markets.”


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Special Aerospace Services (“SAS”), an industry leader in spaceflight engineering and hardware based in Colorado, in its partnership with Godspeed Capital (“Godspeed”), a lower middle market Defense & Government services, solutions, and technology based private equity firm. Together they have formed a high-end space engineering, defense, and communications technology solutions platform designed to serve the critical needs of U.S. Defense & Intelligence Agencies, as well as commercial space customers.

“We are excited to partner with the incredible team at SAS to establish a platform capable of addressing the next generation of public and private sector space priorities,” said Doug Lake, Founder & Managing Partner at Godspeed. “Godspeed has significant expertise building and scaling technology solutions-focused platforms serving commercial as well as Intelligence and Defense customers. With CEO Heather Bulk at the helm of SAS alongside a deeply experienced leadership team including Warren Kohm as our new CFO, we are confident in the platform’s ability to become the premier provider of high-end space, missile defense, and communications technology solutions for the commercial space and defense markets.”

“I am thrilled to be leading SAS into this next phase of strategic growth and partnering with Godspeed’s experienced team to establish this important platform,” said Heather Bulk, Co-Founder and CEO of SAS. “At SAS, our team thrives on meeting the needs of our clients across the space and defense industries. As demand for critical launch services, missile defense support systems, and advanced software continues to grow, this new platform will be well positioned to provide the solutions and technical excellence the industry will require. We look forward to continuing to expand our offerings to support increasing investment within the space economy and meet the rapidly growing requirements for advanced space and defense solutions.”

“We were very proud to have advised Special Aerospace Services (“SAS”) on this historic transaction with Godspeed,” added Cascadia Managing Director, Kevin Frisch. “Since its founding in 2007, SAS has been a leading voice and resource in advising and helping clients execute their strategic and tactical goals in the pursuit of advancing space and defense technologies for some of the largest and most impactful companies in the sector.  We see the partnership with Godspeed as further strengthening their mission and capabilities, and look forward to seeing their continued success working together.” “I was constantly impressed by the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by Cascadia Capital in closing this transaction,” noted Ms. Bulk. “Their strategic guidance and meticulous attention to detail were instrumental in navigating the complexities of the deal and ensuring its success.”

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced that it acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor to ITMAGINATION, a premier technology consultancy headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, in its acquisition by Virtusa Corporation (“Virtusa”), a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and information technology (IT) services.

Founded in 2008, ITMAGINATION has established itself as a trusted partner for organizations seeking to accelerate innovation through digital solutions to complex business challenges. With a focus on digital transformation, cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence, ITMAGINATION has earned a reputation for delivering tailored technology solutions that drive business growth and efficiency.

The acquisition of ITMAGINATION significantly strengthens Virtusa's capabilities in delivering end-to-end digital solutions to clients across industries and to key European enterprises. By combining Virtusa's deep domain expertise and global delivery model with ITMAGINATION’s technical excellence and strong local presence in Europe, the combined entity is poised to offer enhanced value to clients seeking to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

“Working with Cascadia was a game changer for us in this transaction. Their deep understanding of the global technology consulting landscape and the relevant strategic counterparties helped us realize the dream we set out to achieve more than a decade ago. Cascadia was truly the perfect partner to represent us,” said Daniel Arak, co-founder, ITMAGINATION.

“The Cascadia team embodies the same values we have built our company on: transparency, professionalism, and partnership - in addition to being results-oriented,” added Dawid Łaziński, co-founder, ITMAGINATION.

“Before making recommendations, the Cascadia team took the time to thoroughly get to know our business and each of the shareholders as individuals before guiding us through a highly tailored process that led to an outstanding outcome,” noted Pawel Borowski, co-owner, ITMAGINATION.

“Increasingly globalized digital engineering supply chains have continued to drive M&A activity as off- and near-shore development segments experience outsized growth,” said Kyle Aleinikoff, Vice President at Cascadia. “ITMAGINATION has been at the leading-edge of technology consulting for more than a decade by continually reinventing itself ahead of a constantly evolving industry. It was an absolute pleasure to represent the Company in this transaction and we are incredibly excited to see what can be accomplished with Virtusa as a partner.”


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Fertility Specialists of Texas ("FST"), as it joins First Fertility’s network of high-performing family building centers. This transaction is Cascadia's eighth successful engagement in advising clients within the reproductive health sector.

“We are delighted with the culmination of this transaction, uniting a well-regarded regional leader in reproductive health with the esteemed First Fertility network. This strategic addition marks a significant expansion into the Texas market, aligning seamlessly with the company's overarching vision to surpass conventional standards in fertility care through the delivery of unparalleled services. Our involvement in facilitating this prosperous partnership underscores Cascadia's expertise and commitment to the fertility sector, with this transaction representing the eighth successful partnership we have advised on," remarked Vitaliy Marchenko, Director at Cascadia.

With a flagship office and IVF lab located in Plano, Texas, FST is a renowned fertility center that has consistently showcased its commitment to compassionate and cutting-edge fertility treatments since its inception in 2005. By delivering top-notch patient service and exceptional pregnancy success rates, FST has grown tremendously with a team of six world-renowned, board-certified physicians and six practice locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

First Fertility continues to solidify its position as one of the most rapidly expanding physician-centered fertility care networks in the nation. Backed by Sverica Capital, First Fertility fosters collaboration among physicians and medical leaders, providing fertility-focused practices with a strong foundation for innovation and growth.

“As the founder and medical director of Fertility Specialists of Texas, I am immensely excited to embark on this incredible journey alongside First Fertility,” adds Jerald Goldstein, MD. “This partnership represents a remarkable opportunity to unite our expertise and passion for reproductive medicine, driving us to reach new heights in assisting individuals and couples on their path to parenthood. Together, we will shape the future of fertility with compassion and unparalleled personalized care, as we continue to help patients from Texas, throughout the country, and around the world, to fulfill their family-building dreams."


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Concord Technologies (“Concord”), a leading provider of secure document exchange and workflow automation solutions, in its acquisition of Biscom, Inc. (“Biscom”), a provider of on-premises enterprise fax and secure file transfer solutions. Cascadia previously advised Concord on the sale of a minority interest to Excellere Partners in January 2019.

Concord Technologies is a provider of cloud-based fax, intelligent document automation and workflow solutions to healthcare providers and payers. For more than 20 years, billions of sensitive records containing valuable patient information have been accurately and securely sent and received using Concord’s Cloud Fax suite of solutions. The company is also recognized for its leadership position of creating artificial intelligence technologies and industry-leading applications that help its customers grow and manage their business.

Biscom has been at the forefront of advancing secure data exchanges for mission-critical information for more than three and a half decades. The company prides itself on helping customers architect enterprise communication infrastructures that alleviate real world challenges no matter the organization technology stack or regulation requirements. Cloud-based, on premises, or hybrid, Biscom’s flexible digital fax, secure messaging, and workflow automation solutions work together with existing systems to prevent organizational bottlenecks that impact productivity and profitability.

Together, these organizations serve over 4,500 customers and process over 4 billion pages of protected information every year, creating a new industry powerhouse and the largest provider offering secure document exchange and workflow automation solutions across on-premises, hybrid, and cloud fax architectures, alongside a suite of complementary interoperability, data extraction, and workflow tools.

“Both Concord and Biscom have proven records of innovation, impressive industry reputations and unwavering dedication to customers,” said Chris Moore, Founder and CEO of Concord Technologies. “We are committed to building on this strong foundation to help solve the industry’s most critical challenges in exchanging, accessing, and integrating protected data. Our goal is to give customers added peace of mind that they are working with a partner that can solve their technology challenges now and provide innovative solutions well into the future.”

“The addition of Biscom to the Concord platform further establishes Concord as a leader in healthcare interoperability and automation,” said Kevin Cable, Cascadia Managing Director. “This is an exceptional outcome for a great client, and our firm is proud to have represented Concord through their continued growth.”

“It was great to work with and continue to build a relationship with Kevin Cable and the Cascadia team,” added Moore. “Cascadia played a vital role in helping to lead and negotiate a successful transaction.”
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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Thrio, a CX platform for customer support, in its acquisition by Nextiva, a unified customer experience solution backed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Thrio is an award-winning contact center software provider renowned for its expertise in AI-driven customer experience. From customer service to sales enablement, Thrio’s cloud-native Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) platform is equipped to handle inbound and outbound voice, SMS, chat, email, and social interactions – thereby facilitating hybrid communication and driving efficient and effective workflows.

Nextiva is an early mover in the connected conversations space and now powers billions of conversations. The acquisition of Thrio signifies the next step in Nextiva's mission to democratize customer experience technology for businesses of all sizes. Thrio’s full suite of capabilities will be available in one, cohesive experience with Nextiva customers gaining immediate access to Thrio's offerings. The shared commitment to a common goal reinforces the consistent vision Nextiva has upheld for over 15 years of democratizing access to CX technologies – underscoring the alignment of vision between Nextiva and Thrio

“Throughout the intricate process, Cascadia showcased unwavering commitment, expertly guiding us on our distinctive journey to unlock substantial value and attain a remarkable outcome alongside a strategically aligned partner,” said Edwin Margulies, CEO of Thrio.

“Guided by a team of seasoned operators with a track record of successful exits, Thrio's cutting-edge technology is reshaping the customer experience landscape by optimizing the crucial touchpoint between brands and customers. Having built an innovative solution, Thrio is now joining Nextiva, a strategically aligned partner that shares a common vision,” added Teague Collins, Cascadia Capital Managing Director.

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Cascadia Capital is pleased to announce that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Burlington Capital Partners (“Burlington Capital”), a Chicago-based leading lower middle market private equity firm investing in family and founder-owned businesses, in its sale of Solo Foods, LLC (“Solo”) to Saco Foods Holdings, LLC (“Saco”).

Solo is a provider of branded fruit fillings and pastes for at-home bakery applications. Saco is a niche market-leading food products company that has acquired several specialty baking ingredients brands since partnering with Benford Capital Partners (“Benford Capital”), another Chicago-based private equity firm. Solo was divested from Burlington Capital’s portfolio company, Sokol & Company, a custom food ingredient manufacturer, who will continue to provide manufacturing services for the Solo brand following the acquisition.

Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Countryside, Illinois, Solo boasts a portfolio of premium quality fillings and toppings used in all types of bakery products. Solo’s products include cake & pastry fruit fillings, nut pastes, and marzipan, which are primarily sold in the center-store baking aisle in traditional supermarkets and mass retailers in the U.S.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the Solo sale to Saco,” said Tim Novak, Partner at Burlington Capital and Chairman of Sokol & Company. “The Cascadia team diligently understood our business, our go-forward strategy, and our desire to find a partner who could best drive sales, marketing, and distribution of a 100-year-old brand while still leveraging Sokol’s world-class manufacturing capabilities. A win-win outcome.”

“It was an honor to work with the team at Burlington Capital Partners and Solo and represent such a storied brand and leader in specialty bakery ingredients. We believe their partnership with Benford Capital and the Saco platform will create meaningful growth opportunities and value for all stakeholders. We continue to see great momentum in our Ingredients and Bakery practice and expect significant transaction activity ahead in 2024,” commented George Sent, Cascadia Managing Director.

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to TLC Ingredients, Inc. (“TLC”), a distributor of food ingredients, industrial chemicals, and phenolic resins, in its acquisition by Shrieve Chemical Company (“Shrieve”), a portfolio company of Gemspring Capital and a leading, value-added chemicals distributor.

Founded in 2001, TLC has built a reputation as a premier distributor, distinguished by a dedication to operational excellence, food safety, and responsible distribution. With a class-leading facility in the Crest Hill, Illinois, the company is well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of customers with high service levels.

The acquisition expands Shrieve's presence in the Midwest and enhances the company’s ability to serve the attractive – and growing – food ingredients end-market. Additionally, it positions Shrieve strategically to leverage its existing product lines to serve TLC’s high-growth specialty industrial customers, who have relied on TLC as a trusted supplier of Durez phenolic resins for more than two decades.

"I am thrilled to welcome TLC Ingredients to the Shrieve Chemical family. This acquisition underscores our commitment to excellence and focus on long-term growth as we look to thoughtfully increase our presence and the industry-leading services we can provide across the country,” said George Fuller, CEO of Shrieve. “The TLC team has built an exceptional business with an industry-leading distribution facility, long-standing supplier relationships, and a broad product offering that serves several attractive global end-markets. TLC’s expertise, innovative approach, and customer focus aligns very well with our broader strategic vision. Together, we look forward to delivering enhanced value to our customers and supplier partners.”

“We are excited about the future as we partner with Shrieve and continue to expand, building on our reputation as one of the highest-quality food ingredient and chemical distributors in the United States," said Tommy Turiff, President of TLC Ingredients. "Our shared commitment to excellence and dedication to our customers make this an ideal partnership. We look forward to bringing our combined expertise and capabilities to the market and continuing to serve our customers with enhanced resources and innovation."

“TLC Ingredients distributes a diversified offering of chemicals to the food, pharma, care, and industrials markets, elevating the standard for best-in-class service and expertise. We are pleased to have helped the TLC team find a partner that can support their continued growth,” said Naaman Heyman, Cascadia Managing Director. “This transaction underscores the long-term tailwinds in the chemical distribution industry and we are excited to play a growing role in the continued evolution of the sector.”

“We are incredibly proud of what our team has built since 2001 and are excited and optimistic to be a part of its next stage of growth together with Shrieve,” added Mr. Turriff. “Cascadia played a crucial role as our advisor, skillfully navigating us through the process and offering outstanding guidance throughout the transaction.”    

“It was a great pleasure to work with Tommy, Pete, and the rest of the TLC team. We continue to see great momentum in the ingredient and ingredient distribution sectors, and Cascadia is honored to play a meaningful role in reshaping the space through transformational mergers and acquisitions,” said George Sent, Cascadia Managing Director.

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Ever Fresh Fruit Company (“Ever Fresh” or “Company”), a premier provider of custom formulated fruit and flavor ingredient solutions that improve the sensory attributes of food and beverage products, in its majority recapitalization by Tilia Holdings (“Tilia”), a Chicago-based private investment firm focused exclusively on the food supply chain. The McKnight Family, who founded and have owned Ever Fresh for over 55 years, will remain significant shareholders and continue to serve on the Board of the Company. Ever Fresh CEO Gene Mayer will continue to lead the Company going forward.

Ever Fresh is a processor and developer of formulated fruit and sensory ingredients to the dairy, dairy alternatives, bakery, and beverage end-markets. The Company’s diverse portfolio of high quality, custom ingredient applications provide the flavor, texture, and color elements to food and beverage products, which have established Ever Fresh as an integral and trusted product development and innovation partner. Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Ever Fresh was founded in 1968 by Harrison McKnight as a fruit processor. Under the stewardship of the second-generation since 2000, siblings Kurt McKnight and LeAnn Miller grew and expanded the Company’s focus into formulated fruit and flavor ingredients in partnership with Gene Mayer, who joined Ever Fresh in 1996 and has served as its CEO since 2016.

“Our family has dedicated the last 55 years to growing Ever Fresh, and we are incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. We are very pleased with Cascadia’s ability to understand our business and help identify the right partner to expand and grow it. We are delighted to partner with the Tilia team to grow and advance our mission of providing fruit and flavor elements to our customers through unmatched service, quality, and innovation,” noted Mrs. Miller and Mr. McKnight.

“Tilia shares our vision for growth and was the ideal partner for Ever Fresh as we look to stay at the forefront of our industry,” adds Mr. Mayer. “Tilia’s expertise in food, organizational development capabilities, orientation towards sustainable growth, and most importantly, the values we both share will help enhance our capabilities in support of Ever Fresh’s continued growth and expansion. Our entire team is enthusiastic to begin the next chapter of our story with Tilia.”

“Ever Fresh has become a leader in the formulated ingredients category, and we believe their partnership with Tilia will create tremendous opportunity to further solidify their position in formulated ingredients,” commented Scott Porter, Cascadia Managing Director.

“It is an honor to work with the team at Ever Fresh. We continue to see great momentum in our Ingredients practice, and we look forward to all of the exciting opportunities ahead in the sector,” added George Sent, Cascadia Managing Director.

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Granify, a leading AI-driven conversion optimization platform, in its acquisition by Bazaarvoice, a full-funnel eCommerce suite with user-generated content (UGC) and social commerce capabilities.

The acquisition demonstrates Bazaarvoice’s commitment to investing in leading-edge technology in order to deliver a seamless shopping experience and accelerate revenue lift. By avoiding personal identifiable information (PII) and using advanced AI and machine learning technology, Granify’s contextualization software overcomes major barriers to creating tailored on-site experiences, combining in-session shopper behavioral data with contextual signals thereby identifying key moments in a shopper’s journey to drive increased online conversion and sales.

Granify leverages AI and machine learning to analyze shoppers’ behavioral and contextual data to create a highly personalized and engaging experience by serving the right content to the right shopper at the right moment. Granify’s solution enhances the shopping experience with social proof, tailored search results, inventory levels, UGC, pricing, and customized offers, all timed perfectly within the consumer’s journey. When combined with Bazaarvoice's product and UGC data, retailers and brands will be able to create highly tailored shopping experiences for every customer within one platform.

“Granify was founded on the premise that shoppers expect tailored, relevant and engaging shopping experiences,” says Jeff Lawrence, founder and CEO, Granify. “By analyzing thousands of behavioral and contextual data points for every shopping session, Granify identifies opportunities to serve shoppers with the right information at the right moment to make informed buying decisions. This improves the shopping experience and, in turn, increases brands’ and retailers’ revenue. By joining Bazaarvoice, we are able to couple our unique capabilities with their full-funnel content solutions to ensure brands and retailers are providing exceptional shopping experiences for consumers that help them to convert.”

As consumers seek a tailored shopping experience and brands look to differentiate in an increasingly competitive eCommerce environment, solutions that improve customer experience as well as eCommerce conversion are in high demand.

“Cascadia played a crucial role in unlocking value and helping us navigate the intricacies of a complex cross-border transaction, demonstrating an unwavering commitment and offering strategic guidance that helped us achieve a great outcome for our company, employees and shareholders” added Jeff Lawrence, CEO and founder, Granify.

“Granify sits at the nexus of AI and eCommerce with a powerful solution that benefits customers as well as brands and retailers. After building an industry-leading solution over the past decade, Granify is now entering into its next stage with a bright future ahead as part of Bazaarvoice’s eCommerce suite” according to Teague Collins, Managing Director, Cascadia Capital.


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce our client FusionAuth, a customer identity platform built for developers, has received a $65 million growth equity investment from Updata Partners, a leading growth equity firm. With this investment, FusionAuth will scale go-to-market and product development to meet increasing demand for its modern, developer-centric approach to customer identity.  

Founded in 2018, FusionAuth is profitable and bootstrapped itself prior to this investment. The platform is deployed across six continents with more than 450 customers, including major brands, such as Frontdoor, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., and Stihl. This funding builds on a strong history of innovation and growth for the company, which has more than doubled revenue each year. With a free community edition that has more than 13 million downloads, FusionAuth enables developers to easily add registration, login, and user management features to their applications, all built on industry standards.

“Authentication is a mission-critical component for most applications, but engineering and product teams can no longer afford to take on the risk and complexity required to build their own solutions,” said FusionAuth founder and CEO Brian Pontarelli. “FusionAuth is transforming customer identity with a feature-rich platform that makes it easy for developers to install and run anywhere then integrate with anything in minutes.”

Developers use FusionAuth for multifactor authentication, passwordless login, passkey support, machine-to-machine authentication, security controls, and advanced threat detection. The company boasts a robust library of APIs, SDKs, and the ability to work with any language or architecture.

FusionAuth is the only authentication solution with complete hosting flexibility. It can be deployed on nearly any computer anywhere in the world. This allows developers to run FusionAuth locally, on virtual/cloud servers, or on dedicated hardware — even without an internet connection — or leverage FusionAuth’s worldwide managed hosting called FusionAuth Cloud.

“The proverb ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ can describe the origin stories of many developer-centric infrastructure software companies. When Brian Pontarelli and Daniel DeGroff needed a customer identity solution for a project, they evaluated existing open source and commercial alternatives. Dissatisfied with the available options, they elected to build the customer identity solution they wanted. Brian and Daniel's API-first, downloadable approach resonated with practitioners who embraced the community edition and clamored for support, premium features, and a hosted version,” noted Matt Riendeau, Cascadia Managing Director. “Updata's board-level guidance and capital infusion will help FusionAuth capitalize on strong product and market fit by raising awareness and further accelerating revenue growth.”

“Working with Cascadia was awesome!” Pontarelli added. “They understood our industry deeply and helped articulate our business and value to potential partners. Their team was quick to respond with great insights, data, reports, and analysis.”

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce our client SecureW2, a comprehensive zero-trust passwordless security software provider, has received an $80M investment from global software investor Insight Partners. The investment will be used to accelerate market expansion, attract talent, and further fuel the development and enhancement of the company's passwordless, zero-trust security platform.

SecureW2 allows organizations to leverage real-time security and compliance data from identity & management infrastructure (such as Azure, Okta, Intune, and Jamf) to dynamically automate and authorize access for Wi-Fi, Apps, VPN, and Desktop Logon. SecureW2 software has enabled millions of users and devices to adopt modern certificate-driven passwordless security enabling zero-trust. End users benefit from a frictionless user experience and time savings by leveraging digital certificates to power simplified access via the platform's modern cloud-native architecture.

"This is the right inflection point in SecureW2's journey to join forces with Insight Partners, whose track record as a leading cybersecurity software investor is going to immediately benefit our current and future customers," said Bert Kashyap, CEO and Co-Founder at SecureW2. "As a result of this partnership, SecureW2 will be accelerating new products and channels to market and adding integrations to our ever-broadening ecosystem of technology partners."

"Organizations are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional passwords to authenticate access to networks and applications. SecureW2 provides an easy-to-use, cloud-native solution to address this need that is already being used by hundreds of customers worldwide," said Max Wolff, Principal at Insight Partners. "We look forward to partnering with Bert, Tom, and the whole SecureW2 team for the next stage of the company's growth."

"Bert and Tom are experienced and passionate product and engineering leaders in the Identity and Access Management sector. Their shared vision combined with successful execution have positioned SecureW2 as category-defining, cloud native, certificate-based authentication software company,” added Matt Riendeau, Cascadia Managing Director. “The ScaleUp expertise of Insight Partners' investment and onsite teams will help SecureW2 capitalize on its first-mover advantage to accelerate product innovation and revenue growth, and solidify the company's position as a leader in passwordless security. It was both an honor and a pleasure to advise Bert and Tom at this important moment in SecureW2's journey."

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce our client CFR Rinkens LLC, a leading freight forwarder specializing in high volume shipping of finished vehicles, has been acquired by DP World, the leading provider of worldwide end-to-end smart supply chain logistics.

CFR Rinkens provides differentiated automotive freight forwarding expertise including specialization in containerizing finished vehicles and semi-knock-downs with racking systems and logistics services for the emerging energy storage and battery life cycle industries. 

DP World offers a comprehensive range of services covering every segment of the integrated supply chain. These solutions are delivered through a vast global network comprising 295 business units in 78 countries across six continents.  CFR Rinkens’ specialized expertise will fortify DP World’s position as a trusted partner for automotive clients, supporting them through the industry’s transition to electric vehicles and the global evolution towards sustainable energy solutions.

“We are looking forward to joining DP World and expect substantial growth opportunities through their strong global terminal and logistics network. Our shared vision revolves around redefining customer experiences by streamlining operations and introducing innovative solutions. We are confident that integrating with DP World will empower us to expand into new markets and elevate our service offerings, ensuring unparalleled value for our clients,”  said Christoph Seitz, CEO of CFR Rinkens.  “Cascadia has a deep knowledge of the supply chain and logistics sector, and their expertise and guidance was very valuable in helping us complete the transaction.”

“We’re proud to have worked with CFR Rinkens in this important transaction in the automotive freight forwarding sector,” noted Firdaus Pohowalla, Cascadia Managing Director and Head of Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Coverage. “While supply chain transactions have slowed in 2023, differentiated companies with unique value continue to define the category and remain attractive assets for buyers.”

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to MedQIA, LLC on its merger with WorldCare Clinical, a portfolio company of DFW Capital, to form Voiant.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Los Angeles, MedQIA provides clients with an automated technology platform to manage imaging and sites for their clinical trials, with full operational support services on demand. The company utilizes artificial intelligence to modernize image workflow within clinical trials and image analysis helping clients perform trials with better efficiency, increased quality with a quicker turnaround, accelerating trial timelines to improve drug discovery and bringing state-of-the-art care to patients. 

MedQIA, WorldCare Clinical and DARC are excited to announce their merger and the launch of their newly rebranded organization: Voiant, LLC. The strategic move aims to consolidate an industry-leading AI-based clinical trial imaging platform with unparalleled scientific and clinical domain expertise, providing biopharmaceutical organization with high-speed delivery of quality clinical endpoint data.

“This combination will allow MedQIA to accelerate its growth and increase its market share within the industry,” said Adam Stormoen, Managing Director at Cascadia Capital. “We are pleased to have delivered another successful outcome in the clinical trials sub-vertical and look forward to continuing to support clients in the space.”  

"Cascadia's ability to rapidly understand our business and their experienced and dedicated team were instrumental in helping our team to navigate an extremely complex transaction, which ultimately resulted in a deal closely aligned with MedQIA's growth objectives and expertise in the global clinical trials ecosystem," said Jonathan Goldin, MedQIA Co-Founder. "This deal will facilitate and accelerate our vision to use advanced technology to revolutionize the management of the imaging aspect of drug and device clinical trials."

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, is pleased to announce our client Nor-Cal Beverage, one of the largest co-packers of teas, isotonics, chilled juices, waters, and energy drinks west of the Mississippi, intends to be acquired by Manna Beverages & Ventures, an affiliate of Manna Capital Partners which specializes in the beverage industry (view company's announcement).

The acquisition will allow Manna Beverages & Ventures to expand Nor-Cal Beverage Company’s existing resources, tools, and opportunities to continue delivering the highest quality of beverages for world-class brand owners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The arrangement is subject to normal and customary approvals.

“We are pleased to soon see the positive impact that this impending transaction will have on our employees and customers,” said Shannon Deary-Bell, Nor-Cal Beverage Company President and CEO. “We will continue providing our brands with the best products while expanding opportunity, capability, and resources for our employees and customers. We have been working with Cascadia to prepare for this and their understanding of the contract manufacturing landscape proved invaluable, I am proud to see how this acquisition will change the trajectory of this business.”

“We are excited to add the Nor-Cal Beverage Company business to the Manna Beverages & Ventures portfolio,” said Derrick Register, MB&V President. “By continuing to serve as the solution for major brands, we will capitalize on what Nor-Cal Beverage Company built while opening doors for expanded opportunity.”

“It has been an honor to advise this multi-generation family business stalwart through this pivotal moment in their history.” said Erik Einwalter, Managing Director at Cascadia Capital “The team at Manna brings tremendous experience to the relationship which will continue to propel the business forward.”

Cascadia is serving as the exclusive advisor to Nor-Cal Beverage in this pending transaction.


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the financial advisor to Graham Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm based in Philadelphia, in its acquisition of Commercial Bakeries Corporation (“CBC”).

Headquartered in Ontario, Toronto, CBC is a renowned formulator and manufacturer of private label and co-manufactured cookies and biscuits that sells its products to blue-chip retail and CPG customers. The Company provides clients with customized services to meet each customer’s specific formulation requirements including Sandwich Cremes, Wire-Cut, Rotary, and many more, which are available as Conventional, Organic, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and other certain product specifications.

Graham Partners is focused on investing in consumer and food technology companies that bring innovation to advanced manufacturing and disrupt traditional end markets, with emphasis on lending its own extensive operating resources and industrial expertise. Through the acquisition of CBC, Graham Partners aims to leverage CBC’s strong position in the co-manufacturing and private label bakery industry for further expansion and value creation. CBC provides Graham Partners with a unique opportunity to invest in a company with strong growth across five continents and long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with customers.

“We’re proud to be associated with this important transaction in the bakery sector,” noted George Sent, Cascadia Capital Managing Director. “This continues our focus on playing a meaningful role in the bakery co-manufacturing space within the Food industry.”

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado (“RCSC”) in its acquisition by Retina Consultants of America (“RCA”), a comprehensive physician management services organization. With six board-certified physicians and three clinic locations, RCSC’s partnership bolsters RCA’s Colorado footprint and furthers its influence in innovative retina research across the U.S. RCA now has a total network of more than 235 physicians across more than 300 locations. 

Established in 1987, RCSC physicians specialize in the treatment of retinal diseases, laser procedures and surgery, using state-of-the-art diagnostic testing equipment, lasers, surgical instruments, research, and studies to further enhance each diagnosis, condition, and treatment. In addition to delivering exceptional patient care, RCSC’s renowned team of physicians are recognized leaders for their publications and participation in retinal research and clinical trials. Together with RCA, the physicians, and dedicated staff of RCSC look forward to continuing their involvement in groundbreaking clinical studies in an effort to ensure patients receive the latest innovative procedures and therapies.  

"Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado is thrilled to partner with RCA to achieve synergy in providing the highest quality and most technologically advanced retina care along with many of the most prestigious, innovative, and forward-thinking practices in the nation,” said Adam Martidis, M.D., Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado.

“Cascadia was pivotal in securing a highly successful outcome in the acquisition of our medical practice,” continued Dr. Martidis. “Their actions and guidance can best be described as smart, strategic, patient, and efficient. There is no way we could have achieved the outstanding result in our deal without their unparalleled professionalism, strict attention to detail, and stellar advocacy.”

“Cascadia is pleased to have played a part in orchestrating a transaction uniting two exceptionally driven parties,” said Vitaliy Marchenko, Cascadia Director. “We are excited to have helped pave the way for this remarkable outcome and an even more promising future partnership.”

Physician partnership and consolidation has become one of the dominant recent trends in the healthcare landscape. Cascadia has been a key advisor to clinics and doctors interested in exploring or taking advantage of this market dynamic. Our team has worked with retina, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, fertility, dermatology, cardio and vascular, and many other physicians interested in exploring strategic opportunities.  

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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced its client, PNC Riverarch Capital (“Riverarch”), together with its portfolio company Chef Merito Seasonings (“Chef Merito”), has completed an investment in La Fiesta Food Products (“La Fiesta”), a leading provider of spices, chiles, herbs, and related products within the Hispanic foods market.

Riverarch is a middle-market private equity firm which invests in privately held companies in North America and Europe. It’s portfolio company La Fiesta is one of the leading providers of spices & herbs, dried chili pods, corn husks, and other specialty products for Latin cuisine, serving customers nationwide. Headquartered in La Mirada, CA, La Fiesta prides itself on offering its customers best-in-class service built on its proprietary direct store delivery (“DSD”) network that enables it to provide hundreds of SKUs with unmatched consistency and reliability.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Chef Merito and La Fiesta have merged to create the nation’s premier provider of Hispanic seasonings, spices, herbs, marinades, and other specialty products,” commented Margaret Crow, CEO of Chef Merito.

“Our partnership with Chef Merito will allow us to offer unparalleled service, expanded geographic reach, and an increasingly diverse product selection,” added Joe Nibali, Owner of La Fiesta. “We’re excited to join forces with the Chef Merito and Riverarch teams to unlock our next chapter of growth.”

“La Fiesta’s best-in-class track record of customer service and wide breadth of product offerings are highly complementary to Chef Merito’s unmatched flavor profile and established brand positioning” said Andrew Barza, Principal with Riverarch. Brian Blake, Director with Riverarch, added, “Both management teams have done an excellent job of building strong businesses within the growing Hispanic foods market, and we look forward to joining forces to create a highly compelling platform for future growth.”

“Our unwavering confidence in the branded, ethnic seasoning category continues to grow, driven by the remarkable opportunities it presents,” added George Sent, Managing Director at Cascadia. “We are genuinely excited to be a part of this union of leading Hispanic brands, and we wholeheartedly embrace the potential it brings.”


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Tillridge Global Agribusiness Partners (“Tillridge”) on its exit of portfolio company Novus Ag, an innovative ag retail platform, to Aqua Capital, an agriculture-focused private equity investor based in Brazil.

Following rapid consolidation in the ag retail industry, the current market structure has failed to satisfy the needs of the industry's two primary stakeholders: local store operators and farmers. Novus Ag developed a unique platform which attracts the industry's best talent, while providing farmers with an optimal mix of local expertise and national scale. Novus Ag has integrated 30+ owner-operators across 50+ retail locations to its network, serving farmers across the United States with crop protection, fertilizer, and seed treatment products coupled with application and agronomy services.

“I am honored to represent Novus Ag and Tillridge on this transaction,” added Scott Porter, Cascadia Capital Managing Director. “Novus Ag is a first-of-its-kind platform in agriculture with an incredible growth opportunity and led by a highly experienced management team. The Agriculture Input sector broadly continues to be a core area of focus for our practice.”

“The broader retail environment serving rural and agricultural communities throughout the United States continues to evolve and Novus Ag’s entrepreneurial owner-operator model is a clear example of the positive economic impact and success that this industry has on the communities it serves,” said James Cartales, Cascadia Managing Director.


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Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Knot Standard, a global leader of "made-to-wear" and in AI-powered custom clothing solutions, in its strategic merger with esteemed fashion retailer Billy Reid. This strategic move not only signifies a significant step forward in the retail industry, but also showcases Knot Standard's commitment to expanding its innovative technology and custom clothing solutions on a global scale.

The merger brings together Knot Standard's advanced technology and client experience with Billy Reid's strong national presence. Billy Reid will take immediate control of Knot Standard's eight retail locations, integrating these into its existing operations to offer a combined total of 19 locations nationwide. This expansion is set to enhance the retail experience for customers across the country, providing them with unparalleled access to custom-made clothing that perfectly fits their individual style and measurements.

"We are excited for both companies as this really is a win-win,” said William Susman, Managing Director in Cascadia’s Consumer, Retail & E-Commerce group. “Knot Standard's proprietary customer fitting technology is best in class, and the acquisition of these stores furthers Billy Reid's growth and market presence. Cascadia was honored to be involved and serve as financial advisor."  

"Joining and rebranding our stores with Billy Reid represents more than a business decision; it's a fusion of craftsmanship and innovation. As CEO of Knot Standard, I am incredibly proud to bring our cutting-edge, AI-driven custom menswear and womenswear to Billy Reid's esteemed clientele and iconic brand. Our combined strengths will not only elevate the made-to-measure experience but also expand our reach, bringing exceptional quality and personalization to more people across the nation," said Matt Mueller, CEO of Knot Standard.

"We're excited to build upon our already existing partnership with Knot Standard and begin working directly with their eight locations.  We were initially attracted to the product quality, similar customer base, and unique business model, all of which complement the Billy Reid business and will create a stronger consumer offering than each brand could have achieved alone," added Jeff Zens, CEO of Billy Reid.

Knot Standard's proprietary AI-powered made-to-measure software, which includes sophisticated measurement and ordering tools, will be a cornerstone of the merger. This immersive experience, already available at leading retailers such as Brooks Brothers, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales, will now be available in all Billy Reid locations. The integration of this software will dramatically enhance the made-to-measure business, offering a level of personalization and quality previously unattainable in ready-to-wear collections.


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