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Client’s Transaction Named Private Equity Deal of the Year

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  • May 10, 2011

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.)—Parker Poe is pleased to announce that The Association for Corporate Growth’s Raleigh Durham Chapter named Carolina Beer & Beverage’s sale of a controlling interest to an investor group led by SunTx Capital Partners as the 2010 Private Equity Deal of the Year. Parker Poe served as legal advisor to Carolina Beer & Beverage throughout its sale process.

The Deal of the Year award highlights a transaction involving the acquisition or divestiture of a North or South Carolina company by a private equity group in 2010. The award was presented at the eighth annual Capital Connection Conference at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham.

“We are honored to have been named the Deal of the Year,” said Carolina Beer & Beverage CEO J. Michael Smith. “Parker Poe was instrumental in guiding us through a very complex process. Their legal counsel and advice helped position us to make the right decisions and complete a successful transaction.”

Carolina Beer & Beverage was founded in 1997 by Smith and John Stritch. The Company has a reputation as a world-class co-packing producer for numerous national and international beverage brands, with an emphasis on co-packing specialty-sized cans, specialty plastic bottles and glass bottles. Its state-of-the-art facility has a current capacity of 35-plus million cases annually, including the latest in high-speed can filling, batching, tunnel pasteurization and laboratory technologies.

SunTx Capital Partners is a private equity investment partnership that works closely with management teams to buy and build middle market companies. Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Dallas, SunTx has approximately $600 million of assets under management.

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