Mikaal Shoaib is a partner in Kirkland’s San Francisco office. His practice focuses on the representation of private equity firms and their portfolio companies in a variety of matters, including leveraged buyouts; mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations and divestitures; growth equity and PIPE investments; restructurings; and executive compensation and corporate governance matters.
Mike’s experience spans a variety of industries including retail, consumer products, and food and beverage, among others.
Golden Gate Capital in numerous transactions including:
its acquisition of the Red Lobster restaurant chain. Mike was recognized for his work on the transaction in The Los Angeles Daily Journal's 2015 "Most Innovative Corporate Lawyers" report;
its proposed sale of Eddie Bauer to Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, during the hostile bid by The Men's Wearhouse. The transaction was recognized in the Financial Times' 2014 U.S. "Innovative Lawyers" report;
its acquisition, (along with Blum Capital Partners and Wolverine World Wide, Inc.) of Collective Brands, Inc. and the concurrent business carve-out transaction, as a result of which Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital Partners acquired the Payless ShoeSource business and Wolverine acquired the Performance + Lifestyle Group business. The transaction was recognized in the Financial Times' 2012 U.S. "Innovative Lawyers" report;
its investments in Coldwater Creek, Pacific Sunwear of California and Zale Corp;
its acquisition of California Pizza Kitchen;
its acquisition of the On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina restaurant chain;
its acquisition of Unique Thrift and the subsequent sale of Unique Thrift to Savers, Inc.;
its acquisition of Eddie Bauer in a Section 363 transaction;
its acquisition of the J. Jill business and the subsequent recapitalization of J. Jill with Arcapita;
its acquisition of the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain and the subsequent sale of the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain to Ignite Restaurant Group;
its acquisition of Express; and
its acquisition of Vistec and the subsequent sale of Vistec to KLA-Tencor.
Gryphon Investors in numerous transactions including:
its recapitalization of ECG Management Consultants;
its acquisition of Fleet Laboratories;
its acquisition of Trusthouse Services Group and the subsequent sale of Trusthouse Services Group to Elior; and
its acquisition of K&N Engineering.
LNK Partners in the following transactions:
its investment in Beachbody LLC; and
the sale of Ariat to the Fisher family of San Francisco, California.
Memberships & Affiliations
American Bar Association
California Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Prior ExperienceSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York), 1996-2004