Kohlberg & Company’s Acquisition of Area Wide Protective


Ropes & Gray advised Kohlberg & Company in the deal.

Kohlberg & Company executed its acquisition of Area Wide Protective, a leading utility services firm. Terms of the transaction, which was announced on Dec. 23, were not disclosed.

With over 5,000 employees in more than 110 facilities, AWP provides comprehensive traffic control and safety services to electric and gas utilities as well as telecommunications and infrastructure customers across 21 U.S. states and eastern Canada.

Kohlberg & Company is a leading private equity firm headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York. Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has organized nine private equity funds, through which it has raised over $10 billion of committed equity capital.

The Ropes & Gray team that advised Kohlberg & Company was led by private equity partners Andrew Silver (New York; Picture) and Will Shields (Boston), and included employment, executive compensation and benefits partners Jennifer Rikoski and Jennifer Cormier (both of Boston), tax partner Aaron Harsh (Boston), debt finance partner Steven Rutkovsky (New York), real estate partner Peter Alpert (Boston) and IP transactions partner Edward Kelly (Boston).

Involved fees earner: Edward Keller – Dentons; Peter Alpert – Ropes & Gray; Jennifer Cormier – Ropes & Gray; Aaron Harsh – Ropes & Gray; Jennifer Rikoski – Ropes & Gray; Steven Rutkovsky – Ropes & Gray; William Shields – Ropes & Gray; Andrew Silver – Ropes & Gray;

Law Firms: Dentons; Ropes & Gray;

Clients: Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti