Churchill Serves as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner for a First Lien Credit Facility to Support Palladium Equity Partners’ Acquisition of Trachte

New York, NY, September 23, 2020 – Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill”) today announced that it served as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner for a first lien credit facility to support the acquisition of Trachte USA (“Trachte” or the “Company”) from MPE Partners by a private fund affiliated with Palladium Equity Partners, L.L.C. (“Palladium”).

Founded in 1901 and headquartered in Oregon, WI, Trachte is a leading provider of easy-deployment application-engineered protection and control buildings serving a broad customer base of utilities and channel partners. Trachte’s custom-engineered products are used to house and protect critical infrastructure within transmission and distribution (“T&D”) substations and protect equipment such as switchgear, motor controls and fire protection pumps supporting the electrical grid.

“As one of the only industry participants with nationwide coverage, Trachte’s superior technical capabilities, value-added services and leading reputation make the Company a partner of choice for many utilities in the United States,” said Randy Schwimmer, Senior Managing Director and Head of Origination & Capital Markets, Senior Lending at Churchill. “With the nation’s massive T&D grid facing a need for significant investment, we are confident that the skilled team at Palladium will help Trachte to capture this opportunity for further growth.”

The financing represents the third transaction which Churchill’s senior loan team has completed in support of Palladium. A middle market private equity firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management, Palladium has significant experience in consumer, services, industrials and healthcare businesses, with a special focus on founder/family-owned businesses.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With $24 billion of committed capital, we provide first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 80 professionals in New York, Charlotte and Chicago. More information can be found at

About Palladium Equity Partners, L.L.C.

Palladium is a middle market private equity firm with nearly $3 billion in assets under management. The firm seeks to acquire and grow companies in partnership with founders and experienced management teams by providing capital, strategic guidance and operational oversight. Since its founding in 1997, Palladium has made 36 platform investments and over 135 add-on acquisitions. For more information on Palladium, please visit

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