Lowenstein Sandler represented NexPhase Capital, LP (NexPhase) in its equity stake investment in Brandt Information Services, LLC (Brandt). NexPhase is an independent private equity firm making investments in growth-oriented companies in the consumer, health care, industrial services, and software sectors. Brandt is a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) recreational licensing solutions for local, state, and federal government agencies to administer the issuance of fishing, hunting, and other recreational licenses and permits.
NexPhase’s investment will boost Brandt’s ability to leverage its superior technology to meet the growing demand for recreational licenses and to innovate software solutions that streamline the licensing process. For NexPhase, the investment enables the firm to assist Brandt in executing strategic and operational initiatives aimed at capturing market share, enhancing client relationships, and increasing overall business. It also fits well with the firm’s growing portfolio of software companies.
A fast-growing provider of recreational licensing software solutions, Brandt leverages an innovative SaaS platform and extensive domain expertise to help government agency customers enhance revenue streams, drive efficiency, and reduce costs by digitizing and automating manual processes and workflows. Brandt also offers state transportation agency permitting services as well as information technology staffing and consulting services for state and local government agencies.
NexPhase focuses on entrepreneur-owned, lower middle market companies. The firm was formed by the former principals of Moelis Capital Partners to execute, on an independent basis, the same operationally focused strategy of completing control investments in companies to create value through dedicated operating resources, new sales channels, and effective partnerships. It advises $1.2 billion of private equity capital, including through a strategic sub-advising relationship with Moelis Asset Management.
Lowenstein Sandler provided legal counsel to NexPhase, and VRA Partners, LLC acted as financial adviser to the company.
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