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Adam Wieden is a Director and a senior member of the Consumer, Food & Retail group at Lazard Middle Market. Mr. Wieden has more than 14 years of investment banking experience advising public and private companies on a range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, capital raises, corporate divestitures, fairness opinions, and strategic advisory assignments. Mr. Wieden’s food experience spans across a broad spectrum of food sectors (e.g., better-for-you, protein, bakery, snacks, prepared foods, animal nutrition, ingredients), market channels (branded, private label, foodservice, and contract manufacturing), and temperature states (frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable). Lazard Middle Market’s food practice was started in the late 1990s and remains one of the few practices in the middle market dedicated exclusively to food.

Many of Mr. Wieden’s transactions have been recognized by industry peers, including the following recent award-winning transactions:

  • Ajinomoto (TYO:2802) on its acquisition of Cambrooke Therapeutics, a portfolio company of Galen Partners and Seventure Partners,
  • Buddy's Kitchen on its sale to Premium Brands Holdings (TSE:PBH),
  • Del Real Foods on its sale to Palladium Equity Partners (2017 M&A Advisor “Consumer Staples Deal of the Year; Over $100MM”), and
  • Highline Produce on its sale to Fyffes (2016 M&A Advisor “Consumer Staples Deal of the Year”).

Other representative transactions include advising:

  • Standard Nutrition Company on the sale of its subsidiary Standard Nutrition Canada to La Coop fédérée,
  • Lawler Foods on its sale to The Original Cakerie, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors,
  • Five Star Custom Foods on its sale to Cargill,
  • Friendly's Branded Ice Cream, a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, on its sale to Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF), and
  • National Pasteurized Eggs on its sale to Post Holdings (NYSE:POST).

Prior to joining Lazard Middle Market, Mr. Wieden was involved in transactions across a wide variety of other industries, including distribution, capital equipment, industrial products, transportation, third-party logistics, and financial services.  Previously, Mr. Wieden was a Vice President at George K. Baum Capital Advisors, Inc. where he was involved in executing buy- and sell-side merger and acquisition transactions across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on the food and agriculture sectors.

Mr. Wieden graduated cum laude from Kansas State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in finance and management information systems.

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