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Fuad Sawaya Participates in ACG Luncheon Panel Discussion: "Funding Consumer Brands"

October 7, 2010 — Fuad Sawaya, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC, a leading M&A adviser to the consumer industry, participated in the Association of Corporate Growth's NY Chapter luncheon panel discussion entitled "Funding Consumer Brands."

Joining Fuad Sawaya on the panel were John Kenney, Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners and Joan McCabe, Managing Director at Brynwood Partners, along with Peter Mann, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Blacksmith Brands and Eric Brown, CEO of Johnson Products. The panel discussion was moderated by Martin Okner, President & CEO of S.H. Martin & Co., a growing consumer-oriented consulting firm. More than 100 professionals attended the forum, participating in a dialogue that addressed the state of the consumer goods business from the perspective of entrepreneurs, private equity principals, strategics and services representatives in the aftermath of the economy's 2008-2009 recessionary period. The lively discussion concluded with the panel participants' forward-looking perspectives on industry conditions and M&A activity in 2011 and 2012. Mr. Sawaya commented, "it was a delight to be included on a panel with such an esteemed group of industry veterans and to discuss the unique approaches to value creation in the consumer goods business that each takes."

About Sawaya Segalas & Co., LLC (1)
Sawaya Segalas provides investment banking services to brand-based businesses in the consumer industry. Through its experience, creativity and exceptional dedication to each relationship, Sawaya Segalas advises selected clients on transactions that create lasting value. Its engagements have included both buy-side and sell-side transactions for well-known public and private companies, and private equity firms. The team's knowledge of brands, private label products, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, channels, buyers, deal dynamics, decision makers and deal sensitivities uniquely positions the firm to achieve success in consumer-related assignments.

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