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Managing Director




Jeff Chen is a Managing Director and member of the Industrials group at Lazard Middle Market. He has significant merger and acquisition experience across a wide variety of sectors, with particular expertise in chemicals, materials, and industrial products and services.

Representative transactions include advising:

  • 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)
  • Dystar on the acquisition of the Specialties business units from Emerald Performance Materials
  • The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) on the sale of its Specialty Films Business to Transilwrap, a portfolio company of the Jordan Company
  • Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV) on its sale of Texas Hydraulics to Wynnchurch Capital
  • Selig Sealing Products, a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, on its sale to CC Industries
  • Emerald Performance Materials, a portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, on its sale to American Securities
  • MPI Products Holdings, a portfolio company of Monomoy Capital Partners, on its sale to Wingate Partners
  • Spectrum Corporation, a portfolio company of Dominus Capital, on its sale to Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX)
  • ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, a portfolio company of Snow Phipps Group, on its sale to Golden Gate Capital

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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