AFA is an industry leader in the design, installation and service of state-of-the-art fire and security systems
Partnership between AFA and CTSI will establish a world-class fire and security platform
Highlights the firm’s expertise and relationships within the business services sector
CHICAGO, November 1, 2021 – Mesirow, an independent, employee-owned financial services firm, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to AFA Protective Systems, Inc. (“AFA” or the “Company”) on its sale to Corbett Technology Solutions, Inc. (“CTSI”), a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners and premier provider of highly engineered nurse call, fire, security, audiovisual, conferencing, collaboration and communication systems.
Founded in 1873, AFA is a leading fire and security monitoring, service and integration firm and has set the industry standard for uninterrupted central station alarm service as the country’s oldest surviving provider. After acquiring a controlling interest in AFA in 1968, the Kleinman family spent over 50 years establishing the Company as an industry leader in the design, installation and service of state-of-the-art fire and security systems. AFA now serves over 28,000 customers from its 17 branch locations across the east coast, providing national account coverage throughout the US. Through its partnership with CTSI, AFA is poised to expand its customer base while enhancing CTSI’s platform with its best-in-class service offerings and capabilities.
Robert Kleinman, Chairman and CEO of AFA, commented, “With their knowledge of the business services end market and experience in working with family-owned businesses, the Mesirow team provided expert guidance throughout this process and helped maximize value for our shareholders.”
“We valued the opportunity to represent AFA during this transaction,” said Jeff Golman, Vice Chairman of Mesirow Investment Banking. “We believe the combination of AFA’s historic reputation and leading capabilities with CTSI’s resources will establish a world-class fire and security platform, benefitting the shareholders, employees and customers of both organizations.”
The sale of AFA to CTSI represents another successful assignment completed by Mesirow Investment Banking and highlights the firm’s expertise within the business services sector. Committed to leveraging extensive sector-specific expertise across industry groups and nurturing deep long-standing relationships, Mesirow has a proven track record of completing highly tailored and successful transactions on behalf of clients.
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About AFA Protective Systems
Established in 1873, AFA is the oldest continuously operating alarm company in the United States, with offices throughout the East Coast and with service capability throughout the country through its National Accounts Division.
Additional information about AFA is available at www.afap.com.