Renaissance Mark Acquires Mail-Well’s Label Division

Renaissance Mark of Denver, Colorado, owned by Greg Mosher and Arsenal Capital Partners LLP, acquired the Mail-Well Label Division, a leading provider of specialty and premium labels to Fortune 1000 companies, from Mail-Well, Inc. The deal closed on May 21, 2002, and the value is undisclosed. Renaissance Mark is now the second-largest company in the North American prime label converting market.

The transaction involved the purchase of companies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and a joint venture interest in Mexico, an equity investment led by Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, and senior debt financing arranged by National City Bank. Greg Mosher will be the president and CEO of Renaissance Mark.

Renaissance was represented in Canada by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, with a team including David Petras, John Durdan, Rose Johnson and Sharon Bennett (tax) and Pierre Lissoir, Alain Lalonde, Pierre-Andre Hamel and Cliff Prophet (pensions). Craig McCrea and Jon Gale of Cox Hanson O’Reilly Matheson assisted with Nova Scotia matters.

John Moye, Pat Linden and Erik Foster (real estate) of Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire, Gorrell LLP of Denver, Colorado (which also represented Mosher); and Daniel Eisner, Nigel Austin and Lee Allison (tax) and Bronwen Jones (debt financing) of Kirkland & Ellis (which also represented Arsenal Capital), advised Renaissance Mark in the U.S. In the U.K., Renaissance was represented by Jonathon Jacobs of Kirkland & Ellis, Wragge & Co., and Trevor James of DLA. Baker & McKenzie advised Renaissance in Mexico.

James Rossiter and Ian Baskerville of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP represented Mail-Well in Canada, and Fraser MacFadyen of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales assisted with Nova Scotia matters. Kevin Kelly of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons LLP in Denver acted for Mail-Well in the U.S.

National City Bank was represented by Stikeman Elliott, with a team composed of Lewis Smith and Abas Kanu (banking), Ruth Horn (real estate) and Kevin Kelly (tax) in Toronto, and Sterling Dietze in Montreal. Armando Gamboa of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw acted for National City Bank in the U.S.