Brown Gibbons Lang sells Guardian Access Solutions to CenterOak Partners


Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) has announced the sale of Guardian Access Solutions, an industry leader in complete access control solutions and a portfolio company of Brixey & Meyer Capital (BMC), to CenterOak Partners, a private equity firm based in Dallas. BGL’s Services investment banking team served as the lead financial advisor to Guardian in the deal. Specific financial terms were not disclosed.

Guardian Access Solutions: A Southeast U.S. Leader

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Guardian Access Solutions specializes in a full range of access control services including commercial gates, overhead doors, and parking systems. The company has rapidly become a market leader in the Southeastern U.S. with its strong presence in major cities such as Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville. Guardian’s market-leading status has been further propelled by its exceptional service quality and reliability, as well as its ability to serve a diverse client base that includes commercial and high-net-worth residential customers.

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CenterOak Partners: Investment Focus

CenterOak Partners is a private equity firm that primarily focuses on control-oriented investments in middle-market companies operating in the United States. The firm specializes in three main sectors: Industrial Growth, Consumer, and Business Services. The acquisition of Guardian Access Solutions marks a pivotal moment as the company transitions into its next growth phase. CenterOak will support Guardian through continuous investments aimed at both organic and inorganic growth.

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Guardian’s Growth Under BMC

Under the ownership of Brixey & Meyer Capital, Guardian Access Solutions saw rapid growth, including three complementary acquisitions since 2021. These acquisitions bolstered Guardian’s footprint in the highly fragmented access control industry.

BGL’s Services Team: A Deep Connection in Various Industries

BGL’s Services investment banking professionals have extensive experience in M&A and capital markets. The team has deep industry knowledge, especially in Commercial & Residential Services, Industrial & Infrastructure Services, Environmental Services, Professional Services, and Supply Chain & Logistics Services. This acquisition is a testament to BGL’s expertise in bringing strategic and financial buyers together in successful transactions.

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