Louis Samson leads Platinum Equity’s New York/Greenwich and London-based investment teams, manages the operations of the New York/Greenwich and London offices, and is a member of the Investment Committee. In his role, Mr. Samson oversees all financial, operating, tax, and legal aspects of M&A transactions executed by his team. Additionally, together with the Operations Team, he provides oversight to 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, NESCO, BWAY, BlueLine Rental, MACtac, Electro Rent, PAE, and United Site Services. In Europe, Mr. Samson oversees the Worldwide Flight Services and Exterion Media investments, and he and his team are leading the acquisition of Pattonair.
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), Crane Rental Corp, assets from Barnhart Crane & Rigging and LJ Crane (Maxim Crane Works), AEP River Operations (American Commercial Lines), Trico Lift (BlueLine Rental) 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 20 years of Mergers and Acquisitions experience and has completed transactions in a variety of industry sectors. Prior to joining Platinum Equity in 2007, he was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at CIBC World Markets and was an M&A lawyer with Stikeman Elliott. Mr. Samson is a graduate of Ottawa University Law School and Le Petit Seminaire de Quebec College.