PSAV® Acquires Hawthorn®

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Expansion in United Kingdom adds to U.S.-based company’s European presence

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., October 3, 2017 – PSAV, a leading global provider of event technology services, and Hawthorn Theatrical, Ltd. (“Hawthorn” or “Company”), one of the largest live event production companies in the United Kingdom, announce the acquisition of Hawthorn by PSAV.  The joining of companies delivers on PSAV’s vision to connect and inspire people around the globe with impactful meeting and event experiences.

Founded more than 30 years ago by its CEO, Martin Hawthorn, the Company is an award-winning creative technical event production company, recently recognized as ‘Production, Rental and Staging Company of the Year’ at the prestigious AV Awards.  Hawthorn offers a comprehensive suite of services, including creative design, production, lighting, audio, video, staging, power distribution and rigging services in the U.K.  Working with long-term clients, Hawthorn is known for producing impressive events in a wide range of venues that connect technology with creativity.  Hawthorn also has a strong and growing presence in the theater and concert touring market within the U.K.

Hawthorn strengthens PSAV’s presence in the U.K. with the addition of its highly talented creative team, technical resources and customer-focused delivery model.  “Martin and his team have built a remarkable business, and I’m excited to welcome them all into the PSAV family.” said Mike McIlwain, President and CEO for PSAV.  “I look forward to the opportunity to introduce their customers to the global reach of PSAV.”

The Company, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSAV, will continue to operate under the highly respected Hawthorn brand name.  Martin Hawthorn and his senior team will remain in place and continue to execute on their growth plans.  "Hawthorn and PSAV have very similar innovative and passionate cultures focused on delivering truly exceptional experiences for our customers,” commented Martin Hawthorn.  “We are thrilled to be joining forces with the industry leader to be able to offer our clients more services in more places.”

Sabial Hanif and Michael Skerritt of Cooper Parry Corporate Finance were lead advisers to the shareholders of Hawthorn with Eversheds acting as legal advisers.