Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Advises on Grizzlies Sale and Ownership Change

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented a consortium of investors led by Stephen A. Kaplan, principal, co-portfolio manager of the Global Principal Group and member of Oaktree Capital Management's Board of Directors, as part of Robert J. Pera's $377 million acquisition of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA franchise, a deal that was approved unanimously by the NBA Board of Governors. 

The Kirkland team was led by Los Angeles partner Hamed Meshki and associate Brandon Vongsawad.

Kirkland & Ellis ( is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex private equity, corporate/M&A, tax, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.