Takenaka Partners Advises Nagase Holdings America on its Acquisition of Interfacial Consultants, LLC

Takenaka Partners LLC (Los Angeles, CA) acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Nagase Holdings America on its successful acquisition of Interfacial Consultants, LLC (“Interfacial”) on March 19, 2020.

Nagase Holdings America is a part of Nagase & Co., Ltd. (“Nagase Group”), a leading chemical trading firm in Japan. Nagase Group owns more than 100 group companies around the globe focused in the manufacturing and distribution of various products such as resins, functional polymers, plastic products, electronic materials, functional food, pharmaceutical ingredients, and intermediates. Nagase Group is committed to expanding its business by enhancing value-added services such as manufacturing, processing, and R&D capabilities.

Interfacial, based in Wisconsin, is a leader in the development of disruptive advanced materials and manufacturing process platforms, serving customers in transportation, construction, medical, and consumer markets. Interfacial is capable of taking developments all the way from the initial idea to commercial production.

Nagase Group’s acquisition of Interfacial will allow it to further increase its development capabilities in the high-performance thermoplastics vertical. By tapping into Interfacial’ s expertise in development services, specialty materials, and engineered substrates, Nagase Group aims to address customer needs by developing innovative new products and bringing them to market. According to Bradley Hilborn, Vice President of Strategy & Planning at Nagase Holdings America, “Interfacial has the ability to rapidly develop products and processes to manufacture scale. This acquisition will allow Nagase to utilize those capabilities, enabling us to deliver rapid, innovative solutions to our customers across a variety of markets.”

Dr. Jeffrey Cernohous, Founder, Board Member & Executive Advisor of Interfacial, also looks forward to the growth this partnership will bring. “We are excited to deepen our relationship with Nagase as a result of this transaction,” Cernohous said. “This partnership will allow us to accelerate the global commercialization of products relating to our material science-based technology platforms. We look forward to working with [Nagase Group] to achieve this goal.”

According to Yukuo Takenaka, President and CEO of Takenaka Partners, “Takenaka Partners is pleased to have helped structure such a synergistic relationship and is excited to see both companies grow in the future”.

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