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David Solomon

David Solomon is the CEO of Lazard Middle Market, and is an active dealmaker. He has completed some of the largest and most complex transactions in the firm's history on behalf of entrepreneurs, public and private companies, and private equity groups. Mr. Solomon is active in the firm's Consumer and Retail sectors.Recent representative transactions include advising the sale of Hand and Stone Franchise Corp. to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners; the sale of Silpada Designs by its founders to Avon and its subsequent repurchase by the founders; the formation of Heartland Automotive Services and recapitalization by APAX, its subsequent sale to Quad-C, its subsequent restructuring, and finally its sale on behalf of GSO to Sun Capital; the sale of Cottman Transmission on behalf of Sentinel Capital Partners to American Capital Strategies; the sale of Golfsmith International to Golf Town; the sale of Sundance Catalog on behalf of ACI Capital, Webster Capital Management, and Robert Redford to Brentwood Associates; the sale of Performance Bike on behalf of Apax Partners to North Castle Capital Partners; the sale of Potpourri Holdings on behalf of H.I.G. Capital to Linsalata Capital Partners and the subsequent sale to American Capital Strategies; and the sale of Peachtree Business Products on behalf of Roark Capital Group to HD Supply Facilities Maintenance.Prior to joining Lazard Middle Market in 1991, Mr. Solomon spent 13 years as a real estate professional, primarily developing retail shopping centers and mixed-use projects in Minneapolis. He brings this wealth of retail experience to bear in his M&A role today.Mr. Solomon earned both a bachelor of arts and master’s degree from Yale University, graduating magna cum laude. He received a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, graduating in the Delta Gamma Sigma honors society.