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Goldman Sachs Acquires PSAV

Event technology and audiovisual company PSAV has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Goldman Sachs from its current private equity owner, Kelso & CompanyFounded in 1937, PSAV operates in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Mexico. 

“This is truly an exciting time for our organization,” said Mike McIlwain, president & CEO of PSAV. “This investment by Goldman Sachs is a vote of confidence in our team members and our commitment to the meetings and event industry. Through this partnership, our customers can expect accelerated access to inspirational event technology, expertise and support.”

“We are proud of PSAV’s accomplishments over the past six years and believe the company is well positioned for the future,” said Steve Dutton,  vice-president, Kelso & Company. “We wish the PSAV team continued success.”

“We look forward to working with PSAV to help them provide more services to more customers in more places,” said Brad Gross, Managing Director Goldman Sachs. “PSAV already offers customers a unique resource in terms of their geographic coverage and range of services, and we are excited to partner with them as we plan for future expansion.”

Barclays and Macquarie Capital are serving as financial advisors to PSAV and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is serving as legal counsel to PSAV. Affiliates of Macquarie Capital currently have a preferred equity investment in PSAV.

Goldman Sachs Investment Banking is serving as financial advisor to Goldman Sachs and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel to Goldman Sachs.


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