Kirchner Private Capital Group

Kirchner Private Capital Group

May 22, 2012 10:00 ET

Kirchner Private Capital Group Adds Prominent Industry Leaders to Agriculture and Life Science Teams

New team members each bring more than 25 years of domain expertise

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - Kirchner Private Capital Group ("KPCG" or the "Company"), a leading North American traditional merchant bank, today announced that it has enhanced its Agriculture and Food and Health and Life Science Integrated Focus Areas with the addition of industry leaders. Paul Schmidt and Gary Robinson bring extensive industry experience to their respective groups and join KPCG as Managing Directors.

"The success of our business over the last twenty seven years has been predicated on our ability to bring unparalleled domain expertise to successfully execute client mandates," said Bud Kirchner, Founder of KPCG. "The addition of Paul and Gary enhances our team, expands our geographic reach, and unquestionably positions KPCG as leaders in the agriculture and life science spaces. In addition, we believe that the ability to attract this type of world-class talent further validates our Integrated Focus Area model of pairing domain expertise with process expertise. This model brings together best-in class operators, transaction experts, and investors to solve the unique challenges of early and mid-market companies."

Mr. Schmidt brings more than thirty years of operational experience to KPCG and is highly regarded in the agriculture space, having served most recently as President of Merck/EMD Crop BioScience until its acquisition by Novozymes. His distinguished career also includes senior roles at Bayer CropScience, Aventis CropScience, Hoechst Schering AgrEvo, and the Government of Saskatchewan's Agriculture Department. Mr. Schmidt received his degree in Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan and is based in Raleigh, NC.

"Paul's Ag industry expertise, robust relationships with global strategics, and strong track record compliments that of our existing team members giving us a platform that we believe is unrivaled in our industry," said Armand Lavoie, Managing Partner of KPCG Agriculture and Food Integrated Focus Area. "Our Integrated Focus Area model resonates well with the early and mid-market audience as it provides them with access to unique insight and direct experience in building successful Ag businesses."

Mr. Robinson joins KPCG with broad global experience in healthcare and in-depth knowledge of the medical device and pharmaceuticals subsectors including the radiology, interventional radiology, cardiology, oncology, peripheral vascular, nuclear medicine, automated blood transfusion, wound therapeutics, and ostomy markets. He has held senior roles at Coviden, Haemontics Corp, C. R. Bard, and ConvaTec having worked in the United States, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Mr. Robinson is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

"As we focus increasingly on global health challenges and opportunities, Gary is an extremely important addition to our team," said Dr. Patrick McNees, Managing Partner of KPCG Health and Life Science Integrated Focus Area. "His international experience, relationships, and expertise are particularly valuable assets that will result in an enhanced offering for our health and life science clients."

About Kirchner Private Capital Group

Kirchner Private Capital Group is patterned after the original model for a merchant bank. Our team is comprised of successful business people who now apply their operational, transactional and investment experience to the unique needs of early- and mid-stage companies and their investors. We pride ourselves in both the quality and quantity of the long-term relationships we have built over the last 27 years. www.kirchnergroup.com

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