Kirkland & Ellis International LLP represents the Special Committee of the board of directors of WSP Holdings Limited (NYSE: WH) in its merger agreement announced on February 21, 2013, with WSP OCTG GROUP Ltd., a company owned by H.D.S. Investments LLC. The transaction contemplated under the merger agreement represents a total transaction value of approximately $893.6 million, including the assumption of the outstanding debt of WSP Holdings Limited.
WSP Holdings Limited is a leading Chinese manufacturer of American Petroleum Institute (API) and non-API seamless casing, tubing and drill pipes used in oil and natural gas exploration, drilling and extraction, and other pipes and connectors. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013, and if completed, will result in WSP Holdings Limited becoming a privately held company and no longer listed on the NYSE.
The Kirkland team representing the Special Committee is led by corporate partners David Zhang, Jesse Sheley, Pierre Arsenault and Benjamin Su and associates Steve Lin and Yi Gao.
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