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Kirkland & Ellis Advises Apax Partners in $570 Million Acquisition of Cole Haan from NIKE

Funds advised by Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cole Haan LLC, a leading designer and retailer of premium footwear and related accessories, from NIKE, Inc. for $570 million in cash.  The transaction is expected to close in early 2013.

New York corporate partners Eunu Chun and Ariel Yehezkel, corporate associates Eric Sievertsen and Emily Throop and debt financing partners Jay Ptashek and Eric Wedel advised the client on the transaction.