Mergers & Acquisitions I MAY 23, 2018

Howard & Howard Scores International M&A Award, Recognized as Key Advisor for Cross-Border Deal

Royal Oak, MI, May 23, 2018 – Howard & Howard has been recognized by the M&A Advisor-sponsored 2018 International M&A Awards as transactional legal counsel to CEC Controls Company (Warren, Mich.) during its acquisition by an affiliate of the John C. Wood Group (United Kingdom).

Howard & Howard will receive the Professional Services (B-to-B) Deal of the Year Advisors Award at the M&A Advisor’s 10th Annual International M&A Awards ceremony on June 18, 2018 at the Princeton Club in New York City.

An independent judging panel of industry experts evaluated nominations from over 250 deals from around the world – ranging from $10 million to tens of billions.

Established in 1966, CEC is a designer and supplier of industrial process control systems with automotive industry clients including Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler.

Wood Group is a global provider of automation and control products and services related to manufacturing and process solutions and intelligent operations. The company started in Scotland as a ship repair business in 1912.

The Howard & Howard Deal Team, which included Joseph J. DeVito, Jeffrey A. Hoover, Joseph P. Michniacki, Jane S. Hahn, and others, advised CEC throughout the Wood Group transaction opposite Jones Day.

“We’re very proud of our entire deal team of attorneys involved in this unique, international M&A transaction,” said DeVito, chairman of Howard & Howard’s Transactional and Mergers & Acquisitions Group. “Joe Michniacki worked tirelessly and demonstrated superior negotiating skill and drafting prowess in bringing home this deal for the client. We truly appreciate this honor and will continue to strive for optimal outcomes on behalf of our clients.”

About Howard & Howard

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas; and Los Angeles. Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at

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