Ares Management and Harvest Partners Funds to Acquire Valet Waste

Los Angeles & New York

The Private Equity Group of Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES) and Harvest Partners, LP announced today that funds managed by each have acquired Valet Waste from investment funds affiliated with New Mountain Capital, LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Tampa, Valet Waste is a leading national provider of value-added amenity services to the multifamily housing industry. Valet Waste provides five nights-per-week doorstep waste and recycling collection for more than 400 management companies and owner groups servicing more than 665,000 units across 34 states. The company also offers complementary maintenance services to the multifamily housing industry including nightly maintenance, apartment cleaning, apartment turns and porter services through its Maintenance Plus offering, which launched in 2014.

“Valet Waste is a leader in its industry, with a longstanding track record of delivering high-quality service to its customers and providing a top-rated amenity to residents. We are excited to partner with the Valet Waste management team and look forward to supporting the company in its next phase of growth.” said Matt Cwiertnia, Partner in the Private Equity Group of Ares Management.

“We are delighted to join Ares and the senior management team as long-term investors in the company,” said Michael DeFlorio, Senior Managing Director of Harvest Partners. “Shawn and his team have built a truly unique business that provides exceptional value to customers and residents. We are excited to invest alongside this first class team to build upon Valet Waste’s leadership position in the market and expand services more broadly across the multifamily housing industry.”

“New Mountain Capital has played a vital role in growing Valet Waste during its ownership period – and we thank them for a very successful partnership,” said Shawn Handrahan, President and CEO of Valet Waste. “With the growth opportunities in front of us, this is an opportunity to take the next step and further our position as a market leader in amenity and maintenance services to the multifamily housing industry. We look forward to working with our new partners at Ares and Harvest as they share our vision for long-term growth.”

“It was a pleasure to work with the Valet Waste management team as they defined the market, built their business and achieved significant sustainable growth,” said Bert Notini, Managing Director of New Mountain Capital. “We wish Valet Waste continued success in its next stage of expansion.”

Proskauer Rose LLP acted as legal advisor to Ares Management and Harvest Partners. White & Case LLP acted as legal counsel to Harvest Partners. Robert W. Baird & Co. acted as a financial advisor and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as legal advisor to Valet Waste.

About Valet Waste:

Since 1995, Valet Waste has been the Multifamily Housing Industry’s leading provider of five-nights-per-week doorstep trash and recycling collection. It currently services over 440 management companies and owner groups throughout the multifamily housing industry that represent over 3.4 million units nationwide. Valet Waste offers the most requested resident amenities and services along with unparalleled and proven customer satisfaction. Its fully insured and uniformed professional valets collect waste and recyclables from residents’ doorsteps and manage multifamily communities’ on-site trash issues by streamlining waste from the doorstep to the dumpster with our proven systems.

About Ares Management, L.P.

Ares is a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $88 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2015 and more than 15 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since its inception in 1997, Ares has adhered to a disciplined investment philosophy that focuses on delivering strong risk-adjusted investment returns throughout market cycles. Ares believes each of its four distinct but complementary investment groups in Tradable Credit, Direct Lending, Private Equity and Real Estate is a market leader based on assets under management and investment performance. Ares was built upon the fundamental principle that each group benefits from being part of the greater whole. Visit for more information.

About Harvest Partners, LP

Founded in 1981, Harvest Partners, LP ( is a leading New York-based private equity investment firm pursuing management buyouts and recapitalizations of middle market companies in North America. Harvest focuses on acquiring profitable companies in the business services and consumer, healthcare services, industrial services, and manufacturing and distribution sectors. This strategy leverages Harvest Partners’ 35 years of experience in financing organic and acquisition-oriented growth companies. For more information, please visit

About New Mountain Capital, LLC

New Mountain Capital is a New York-based alternative investment firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity, and credit funds with over $15 billion in aggregate capital commitments. New Mountain seeks out what it believes to be the highest quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit


Ares Management
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Harvest Partners
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Senior Managing Director

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Valet Waste
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New Mountain Capital
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