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Managing Director




Jeff Chen is a Managing Director and member of the Industrials group at Lazard Middle Market. He co-leads its chemicals and materials practice and has more than 15 years  of merger and acquisition experience in industrial products and services.

Representative transactions include advising:

  • Drew Marine Technical Solutions, a subsidiary of Drew Marine Group, a portfolio company of The Jordan Company, acquired by Court Square Capital Partners
  • Arrmaz, a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, on its sale to Arkema Group (XPAR:AKE)
  • Actagro, a portfolio company of Norwest Equity Partners, on its sale to Nutrien (NYSE:NTR)
  • Demilec, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, on its sale to Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN)
  • W.F. Taylor, a portfolio company of Dominus Capital, on its sale to Meridian Adhesives Group
  • Ascensus Specialties, a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, on its debt refinancing
  • Accella Performance Materials, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, on its sale to Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL)
  • Gaco Western on its sale to Firestone Building Products Company, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation
  • SummitReheis, a portfolio company of One Rock Capital Partners, on its sale to Elementis (LON:ELM)
  • The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) on the sale of its Specialty Films Business to Transilwrap, a portfolio company of the Jordan Company
  • Emerald Performance Materials, a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, on its sale to American Securities

Prior to joining Lazard Middle Market, Mr. Chen was a Business Development Manager at 3M Company, where he was responsible for identifying and executing M&A opportunities and developing new growth strategies. Prior to 3M, he worked in the Energy and Power investment banking group at Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he served in entrepreneurial and operational roles. He was a Technical Director at Plug Power Inc., where he led the integration of acquired technologies and businesses and assisted in the company's initial public offering. Also, he worked as a Project Manager at Thermo Electron Corp. (now Thermo Fisher Scientific), where he helped spin out a new company.

Mr. Chen received a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT Sloan, a Master of Science in Engineering from Princeton University and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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