Highlander Partners

Highlander Partners, L.P. is an investment firm founded in 2004 by Laurence E. Hirsch, former CEO and Chairman of Centex Corporation, and Michael R. Nicolais, former Co-head of the Dallas Corporate Finance office and Managing Director for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Highlander Partners has investments in a wide range of asset categories, with a principal focus on making direct private equity and mezzanine investments in light manufacturing, basic materials, food products, business and industrial services and value-added distribution companies. Highlander Partners is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA, and its U.S. office, headed by Jeff L. Hull, makes private equity and mezzanine investments throughout North America. In 2008, the company opened an office in Warsaw, Poland, led by Dawid Walendowski, in order to make private equity investments throughout Central Europe. Highlander Partners has more than $600 million in capital under management, over $500 million of which is allocated to direct private equity and mezzanine investments in the United States and Central Europe.

Ana Andrei



Nicoleta Banica



John A. Beckert

Operating Partner

Mark Blanchat



Stanley C. Bould

Partner - Asian and Alternative Investments


Artur Dzagarow

Managing Partner and CEO


Saurab Guha



Alex L. Guiva



Dustin M. Herman



Ryan Holcomb


Jeff L. Hull

President and Managing Partner


Robert Koudelka

Senior Associate

Donald J. McNamara



Lauren Miller


Raluca Nita


David Olsen



Jeff Partridge



Piotr Poplawski



John Rabenhorst



Kyle Ragsdale



Michael Sherman


Ben R. Slater



Adrian Stroilescu


Robert A. Sussman


Nicholas Thicksten



Charles C. Thomas



Paul Valle


17 past transactions

Gimbal Brothers

Acquisition in 2017
Gimbal’s, founded in 1898, is a leading manufacturer of gummy vitamins and gourmet jelly beans with a long history of exceptional product quality, excellent customer service and strong innovation. The Company has fully integrated manufacturing capabilities and its production facility is SQF Level 3, NSF/CFR111 certified for vitamins and dietary supplements certified. Gimbal’s products have a loyal consumer following and can be found in most national retailers across North America.

RMS Beauty

Acquisition in 2021
RMS Beauty is a Cosmetics company located in Charleston.


Private Equity Round in 2017
Rotometal Sp. z o.o. S.K. designs and manufactures tools for the printing and label industry in Poland and internationally. It offers magnetic, print, sleeve print, rubber coated, and air cylinders; and sheeters (cross cutters), gears, end rings, cutting units, anvils, and magnetic plates. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Swiebodzin, Poland.


Acquisition in 2011
MEDI-system provides private health care services in Poland. It offers rehabilitation programs for patients after severe and disabling injuries, surgeries, spinal injury and diseases, brain injury, stroke, or other neurological diseases or disorders; and specialized care for patients in vegetative state, including comas.

Evans Food Group Limited

Acquisition in 2019
Evans Food Group Ltd. is a global producer of branded and private label finished pork rinds and pork rind pellets. Evans currently operates five production facilities (Chicago, IL; Arlington, TX; Portsmouth, OH; Ontario, CA; and Saltillo, Mexico).
As a company, VERSATEX is Focused, Experienced & Approachable. Their focus is the cellular PVC trim market, their strength is innovative leadership quickly bringing to market product solutions for their builders and contractors. VERSATEX also has a highly experienced management team with over 60 years in the PVC building products industry. The management team keys in on superior levels of service and quality for their customers. Yet, VERSATEX remains extremely approachable. They place a high value in listening to their customers and reacting quickly to their needs.

ProService Agent Transferowy

Acquisition in 2012
ProService Transfer Agency Sp. z o.o. (“ProService TA”) is a highly specialized company offering financial services in handling products related to investment funds in Poland and foreign countries as well as specialized insurance and banking products. Their clients appreciate our experience, stability and multi-level cooperation, with a view to implementation of their innovative and personalized requirements. They are a reliable and trustworthy business partner for companies seeking innovate business solutions based on high safety and quality standards. By means of our experience, excellence standards and proven operating procedures we provide a high quality service which has been confirmed by independent auditors who granted us ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and compliance report in accordance with ISAE 3402 (to 2012, SAS 70) standard.


Acquisition in 2018
SFERRA Bros., Ltd. produces and sells linen products in the United States and internationally. Its products include duvet covers, sheets, blankets, blanket covers, and decorative throws and accessories; bath towels, robes, and lounge chair covers; duvets and pillows; table linens and accessories; and baby gifts. The company sells its products through stores in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, and Kingston, Canada. It also offers its products online. The company was formerly known as SFERRA Fine Linens Factory. SFERRA Bros., Ltd. was founded in 1891 and is based in Edison, New Jersey.

ZREW Transformatory S.A.

Acquisition in 2012
ZREW manufactures power transformers for distribution networks, block transformers for power plants and CHP plants up to 125 MVA and up to 170 kV, and special transformers, furnaces and rectifiers.

Akomex sp. z o.o.

Acquisition in 2010
Akomex sp. z o.o. manufactures and supplies packaging products made of corrugated and solid fiberboard. It also offers graphic design, printing, embossing, cutting, gluing, packaging and customizing, and subcontractor’s services. The company serves food, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, chemistry, electronics, advertisement and design, and other industries in Europe. Akomex sp. z o.o. was founded in 1993 and is based in Starogard Gdanski, Poland.


Acquisition in 2019
Ares is a private provider of interventional cardiology procedures in Romania. It collaborates with a highly trained and experienced medical team, formed of leaders in cardiology from Romania and across Europe. Along with interventional cardiology procedures, Ares Centers also perform interventional radiology procedures.

Hi-Tech Industries, Inc.

Acquisition in 2017
Hi-Tech is dedicated to supplying the global professional car care industry with a comprehensive array of premium products, timely service and innovative solutions. Hi-Tech Industries is committed to the discriminating product needs of the professional detailer, car wash or valeter worldwide. This commitment is reflected in our products, pricing, service and relationships with their distributors. They have spent the past 70 years refining our craft, to ensure their customers’ needs are effectively met by the features of their products and programs. Their extensive array of products are used daily worldwide in car washes, car dealerships, body shops, auto auctions and anywhere else a professional reconditioning process is taking place.

Pioneer Surgical

Venture Round in 2007
Pioneer Surgical Technology is a medical company that provides surgeons with biologic, metal, and synthetic implants. The company provides surgeons with cardiothoracic metal cable, planting, systems, orthobiologics, sports medicine, and biologic- and synthetic-based implants. Furthermore, the company offers donor services by providing individuals with tissue donating options. Pioneer Surgical Technology was founded in 1992 by Edward Ahn and is based in Michigan.

Kernel Season’s

Acquisition in 2018
Chicago Custom Foods, the maker of Kernel Season's popcorn seasonings and Tasty Shakes oatmeal add-ins, is a leader in branded seasonings sold to consumers at movie theaters and retailers, including mass merchants, grocery stores and specialty retailers throughout North America and internationally.

QFG Spółka

Acquisition in 2016
QFG is a Polish meat processing company offering a wide range of high quality, innovative ready-to-cook or partly prepared meat dishes, including poultry, beef and pork items. The Company specializes in custom formulating portion-controlled frozen chicken items for a wide range of foodservice customers, including the HoReCa segment, specialty distributors and retail resellers throughout Poland and Western European markets. QFG’s core product line consists of chilled or frozen breaded or non-breaded products, frozen uncooked, cooked or backed products, as well as sterilized products for extended life.

Fuerst Day Lawson Holdings

Acquisition in 2016
FDL is a leading global supplier of specialist ingredients to the Food, Beverage, Fragrance and Chemical industries.

Biamp Systems

Acquisition in 2017
Biamp Systems is a provider of professional AV equipment for business, education, and government facilities. Their manufacturing process is the key. From initial DSP design and engineering development, to prototyping and fabrication, to in-depth testing and quality assurance, they manage everything within their walls. The result is shorter lead times, faster response, and increased convenience for you and your customers. Delivering a quality product experience also means being committed to helping you maintain them. Their applications engineers, customer service team, and regional managers are always there for you. Whether you need help designing a system or finding an answer a specific technical question, they have the expertise to be of service. Their goal is to help to deliver an unmatched level of innovation, quality, and reliability in your AV projects. They do their best work when building AV systems that make you look, and sound, great.