LNK Partners Does First Deal

LNK Partners has led a recapitalization of Ariat International Inc., a Union City, Calif.-based maker of branded equestrian footwear, apparel, and accessories. LNK invested $61 million in exchange for a “significant minority ownership interest,” while Brentwood Associates and company management also participated. www.ariat.com www.lnkpartners.com< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />