Peter J. Schaefer

Peter Schaefer is a Partner with New Direction Partners. Peter is an experienced dealmaker with thirty years of investment banking and valuation experience. He has closed more than one hundred transactions in virtually every segment of the printing and packaging industries as well as the sale of a $75 million helicopter company and a $10 million bread manufacturer. In addition, Peter has performed hundreds of valuations for ESOPs, estate and gift tax planning and strategic planning purposes.

Other recent transactions have included the sale of Popular Ink to Highlander Partners, Midnight Oil and Classic Graphics to Imagine! Print Solutions, the divestiture of Transcontinental’s Rastar division to Sun Litho, the sale of Meisel to R.R. Donnelley, the sale of Vectra Corporation and five other companies to Taylor Corporation, the sale of Express Label to Cenveo, the sale of Tepel Brothers to Vomela, the purchase of Journal Communications’ IPC Print Services by Walsworth Publishing, and the purchase of National Graphic Supply by Pitman.

Prior to New Direction Partners, Peter worked for fifteen years at Compass Capital Partners having served most recently as its President. Prior to that, he worked in the investment banking departments of KPMG Peat Marwick and Coopers & Lybrand. He received a BS in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers and is a member of the printing industry’s prestigious PIA Ben Franklin Society. He serves on the Board of directors of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation and has served on several Advisory Boards within the printing/packaging industries. Peter is married to Kathleen and they have six children.

Peter can be reached at (610) 230-0635 ext. 701 or by email at