Birch Hill Equity Partners Acquires Shred-it International

On June 5, 2009, Shred-it International Inc. was acquired for an undisclosed sum by a private equity group led by Birch Hill Equity Partners, Crossroads Capital Investments Inc. and Westerkirk Capital Inc. Senior debt financing was provided by a lending syndicate led by National Bank of Canada and The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Shred-it International, headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, provides on-site document destruction services and records retention information management primarily in Canada, the United States and Europe. The company was founded in 1988 by the late Greg Brophy.

Birch Hill's legal team was led in-house by Lori Evans, general counsel. Birch Hill was also represented by Stikeman Elliott LLP with a team that included Roderick Barrett, Timothy Chubb, Jeffrey Keey, Vivian Leung, Jeremy Ehrlich and John Rowland (corporate); Craig Mitchell, Meaghan Obee Tower, Jennifer Byun, Amanda Willett and Howard Rosenoff (banking); Sandra Walker (competition) and Andrew Elliott (real estate).

Crossroads Capital Investments, a co-investor with Birch Hill, was represented by Dechert LLP with a team that included Adam Levin, Corinna Mitchell, James Stonehill, Richard O'Brien and Lucie Brackenbury (corporate and securities).

Shred-it's legal team was led in-house by Tracey Durand, general counsel. Shred-it was also represented by Torys LLP with a team that included Michael Amm, John Tobin, Guy Berman, Carol McFadzean and Beverley Liske (corporate); Amanda Balasubramanian and Jennifer Cameron Manning (banking) and David Dell (real estate). Jones Day acted as US counsel to Shred-it with a team that included Robert Kennedy and Jennifer Adams.

Presidio Investments and the Estate of Greg Brophy were represented by McMillan LLP with a team that included John Clifford (corporate) and Sheila Crummey (trusts and estates).

National Bank of Canada and The Toronto-Dominion Bank were co-lead arrangers for a syndicate of lenders that provided acquisition financing for the transaction and were represented by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a team that included Simon Finch, Manfred Lam, Dean Murray and Viorelia Guzun (banking); John Hutmacher (real estate) and Jake Gilbert (corporate).