Svoboda Capital Partners has sold GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions to Fedrigoni

Lincoln International (“Lincoln”), a leading global mid-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that GPA Specialty Substrate Solutions (“GPA” or the “Company”), has been acquired by Fedrigoni S.p.A. (“Fedrigoni”). The Company was a portfolio holding of Svoboda Capital Partners (“Svoboda Capital”), a private investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

Founded nearly 75 years ago, GPA has built a unique national presence as a market-leading provider of niche specialty substrate solutions for digital printing applications. The Company is recognized nationally across its four regional offices as a digital substrate domain expert and the go-to source for OEMs and customers alike in the development of new and innovative printing materials and applications. The Company’s long-standing and focused technical expertise in the digital printing segment has positioned GPA as a strategic supply chain partner and critical advisor across niche applications including point-of-purchase displays, window and wall graphics, personalized greeting cards and product and promotional labels, among others.

Tom Brooker, GPA’s Chairman, commented, “Lincoln’s strong services and distribution experience, deep relationships with key global buyers and comprehensive understanding of our unique business model enabled them to advocate GPA’s story and value proposition to the market in a highly compelling manner. The investment from Fedrigoni presents extraordinary opportunities for GPA and our employees, with the resources and industry experience to rapidly grow our business.”

John Svoboda, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Svoboda Capital, added, “As a result of Lincoln’s disciplined process, execution expertise and hands-on approach, this strategic cross-border transaction was completed in a highly efficient, timely manner resulting in a successful outcome for the shareholders.”

Lincoln acted as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Svoboda Capital and the Company, working closely with the management team and shareholders throughout the sale process. This included providing advisory services and managing the marketing, due diligence and negotiation phases of the transaction.

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