Plastics News Executive Forum 2022


March 21 – 23

Naples, FL  |  Join us in-person

Mesirow Investment Banking is proud to sponsor the 2022 Plastics News Executive Forum. 


Connect with Melanie Yermack and Louis Mitchell at the 2022 Plastics News Executive Forum 312.595.6000  

Join us for the Sunset Boat Cruise

March 22 | 5:00 P.M.

Melanie Yermack | Managing Director, Investment Banking | Chicago

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Melanie Yermack is a Managing Director in Mesirow Investment Banking. She is responsible for leading the day-to-day transaction execution process and contributing to the group’s business development efforts in the paper, plastics and packaging sector.

Prior to joining Mesirow as an Investment Banking Associate in 2011, Melanie was a Manager in the Transaction Services division at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on merger and acquisition advisory services.

In 2017, Melanie was named a winner of The M&A Advisor’s 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards in the Dealmaker category.

Melanie serves as a member of the Next Generation Associate Board for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.

Melanie earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois College of Business where she graduated with high honors. She holds a FINRA Series 79 license and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Louis Mitchell | Managing Director, Investment Banking | Chicago

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Louis Mitchell is a Managing Director in Mesirow Investment Banking and founded the firm’s coverage of the paper, plastics and packaging sector in 2002. He is responsible for developing key relationships and leading deal teams throughout the M&A transaction process.

Louis has nearly 30 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining Mesirow, he was with the New York office of Salomon Smith Barney, where he executed packaging industry transactions in the Americas and Europe.

Louis has been involved in more than 150 transactions and specializes on fragmented, consolidating industries such as film extrusion, flexible packaging and labels, in which he has executed over 40 film/flexible packaging and 20 label transactions. He serves family businesses, publicly traded companies and private equity firms alike.

Recent transactions include:

Sabert Corporation’s acquisition of LBP Manufacturing LLC
Sale of Genpak Flexible to C-P Flexible Packaging
Sale of Trinity Packaging Corporation to ProAmpac LLC
Sale of Optimum Plastics to Charter NEX Films
Louis earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.

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