Lee Cooper is a designer and marketer of branded jeans, clothing, accessories, and footwear and is the oldest European denim brand having sold jeans since 1908. Lee Cooper has a worldwide presence through its extensive network of over 4,000 outlets in over 80 countries including Europe, Israel, United Arab Emirates, China, and India. An affiliate of BBH had led the purchase of the brand business from Matalan together with Sun Capital. The company was sold to Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICON).
Monarch Dental Corporation is a leading dental practice management company. An affiliate of BBH initially led the take-private transaction of Monarch (Nasdaq: MDDS, approximately $200 million revenues at the time), which was merged with BrightNow! Dental Inc. in partnership with Gryphon Investors. Castle Dental Centers Inc. was subsequently acquired and integrated. The company was sold to an affiliate of Freeman Spogli & Co., a private equity firm.
The Mexmil Company is a leading provider of aerospace insulation systems and other interior soft goods. A affiliate of BBH led the $12 million financing of the company’s emergence from bankruptcy. The company proceeded to significantly expanded its OEM, airline, and freight customer base and diversify into other interior soft goods. The company was sold to Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI), a leading public aerospace company.
FGXI International is the world’s leading designer and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and value priced sunglasses. Berggruen Holdings led the investment and requested BBH Managing Partner Jennifer Stewart to join the board of the company. After going public in 2007, the company was successfully sold in a strategic transaction to Essilor International (Euronext: EI) in 2010.
Apex Design Technology provides design, engineering, and manufacturing of complex electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems. An affiliate of BBH made the investment in Apex, which facilitated a growth and diversification strategy and liquidity for the business owners. The company was sold to BTL Machine, Inc.