Louis Samson leads Platinum's New York-based investment team and manages the operations of the New York office. In his role, Mr. Samson oversees all financial, operating, tax, and legal aspects of M&A transactions executed by his team and in conjunction with the Operations Team provides active oversight of the portfolio companies for which he led the acquisition.
Mr. Samson and his team led the acquisitions of American Commercial Lines, Maxim Crane Works, The San Diego Union-Tribune, PBH Marine Group (the successor company to Genmar), NESCO, and BWAY and he sits on the operating committee of those that are still active investments. Mr. Samson and his team also led a number of add-on acquisitions to these platforms, including Ropak (BWAY), Triton Boats (PBH Marine Group), Penske Utility (NESCO), assets from Barnhart Crane & Rigging and LJ Crane (Maxim Crane Works) as well as a number of refinancings. In 2008, Platinum Equity won the "Deal of the Year" award for its acquisition of Maxim Crane Works and in 2010, won the "Financing of the Year" award for its refinancing of The San Diego Union-Tribune from The M&A Advisor Magazine.
Mr. Samson has approximately 15 years of Mergers and Acquisitions experience and has completed over 50 transactions in a broad variety of industry sectors. Prior to joining Platinum in 2007, he was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at CIBC World Markets in New York and was an M&A lawyer with Stikeman Elliot. Mr. Samson is a graduate of Ottawa University Law School and Le Petit Seminaire de Quebec College.