Paper, Plastics & Packaging


For more than 20 years...

We have served the strategic and financial advisory needs of paper, plastics, packaging and related companies. Focused on the middle-market, our dedicated team of five senior professionals based in the US and Europe has completed 150+ transactions in recent years. Each of our clients benefits from our extensive industry-specific expertise and deep, longstanding relationships.

Mesirow advises AWT Labels & Packaging on its sale to Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Close up of rolls of labels

Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, AWT is a leading provider of labels and flexible packaging solutions focused on healthcare, personal care and food & beverage end markets. “Mesirow served as a trusted advisor to us and the AWT team throughout the process. The entire Mesirow team’s process, knowledge of the labels and flexible packaging industry and work ethic translated into a highly efficient process and successful outcome for all parties involved.”

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Sector focus

Film & Flexibles

- Film extruders
- Flexible packaging converters
- Bags
- Pouches
- Roll stock

Paper Packaging

- Containerboard
- Corrugated boxes
- Folding cartons
- Kraft paper and bags
- Paperboard
- PoP displays


- Cut and stack
- Heat transfer
- In-mold
- Pressure sensitive
- Shrink sleeve
- Specialty

Rigid Packaging

- Blow molded
- Caps & closures
- Foodservice disposables
- Injection molded
- Metal & glass
- Thermoform

Paper & forest products

- Market pulp
- P&W and specialty papers
- Tissue
- Solid wood products
- Structural panels


- Contract manufacturing
- Contract packaging
- Distribution: paper & packaging
- Nonwovens

“Our highest priority is helping companies and their leadership reach their strategic and financial goals, and we are consistently focused on elevating the experience for our clients.”

Louis Mitchell, Managing Director, Investment Banking

Senior deal team

Louis Mitchell

Managing Director | Investment Banking | Chicago


Richard Weil

Managing Director | Investment Banking | Chicago


John Chrysikopoulos

Managing Director | Investment Banking | New York


David DiMatteo

Managing Director | Investment Banking | London


Melanie Yermack

Director | Investment Banking | Chicago



*Data as of 9.30.2020