Press Release
October 20, 2023

Holland & Knight Advises Emko Capital in Acquisitions of Steelmax Tools and Scotchman Industries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 20, 2023) – A team of Holland & Knight attorneys represented Emko Capital and its newly formed holding company, SMX Industrial Solutions, in its acquisitions of Steelmax Tools and Scotchman Industries. Terms of the transactions, which closed on September 22, were not disclosed.

Steelmax Tools, which operates in both Colorado and Pennsylvania, is a key supplier of fabrication and welding mechanization solutions, including magnetic drilling machines, plate and pipe bevellers, and trackless and track-mounted welding carriages.

Philip, South Dakota-based Scotchman Industries leads the market as a manufacturer of hydraulic ironworkers, cold saws and hydraulic presses. The company has a legacy of more than five decades and is renowned for its commitment to quality, innovation and customer satisfaction.

Emko Capital, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a leading middle market private equity firm specializing in investments in American industrial companies.

Holland & Knight Partner John Gilson and Associates Eli Gordon and Kyle Gaughan led the firm's representation of Emko. They were assisted by Partners David Valeck, Brandon Bloom, Eric Rubin, Christine Gay and Renee Lewis and Associates Stephen Pennartz, Joshua Pelfrey, Andi Howell, Tanisha Pinkins, Jackson Oliver and Alexandra Ward.

More information on the transaction can be found here.

Holland & Knight regularly ranks among the leading M&A and private equity law firms in reputable, benchmarking league tables published by Bloomberg, Refinitiv, Mergermarket, PitchBook and The Deal. In the first half of 2023, the firm ranked among the top 5 most active law firms in the U.S. and globally for its work in the space. Through the HK Deal Flow® program, Holland & Knight facilitates deal leads for clients and prospective clients by matching acquisition or capital raising opportunities with buyers and investors.

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