Press Release

Kirkland Represents Brentwood Associates in Acquisition of Excelligence Holdings Corp.

Kirkland & Ellis advised Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based leading consumer-focused private equity investment firm, on the acquisition of Excelligence Holdings Corp.  Excelligence, based in Monterey, California, is one of the largest multichannel distributors of educational products.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Damon Fisher, Hamed Meshki and Luke Guerra, and included corporate associates Bryan Ikegami and Michele Cumpston, debt finance partners David Nemecek and Kristopher Ring and associates Aditi Iyer and Nichole Lopez-Tackett, tax partners Russell Light and Ilan Napchan, intellectual property partner Matthew Lovell and associate Nicholas Sethi, employee benefits partner Matt Antinossi and associate Scott Metzger, labor and employment partner Edward Holzwanger, environmental partner Paul Tanaka and associate Martin Sul, real estate partner Rob Miceli and associates David Perkel and David Brigleb, litigation partner Joseph Eisert, international trade partner Laura Fraedrich and associates Chase Kaniecki and Mike Kilgarriff. Corporate partner David Yun and associate Melissa Mak covered the Hong Kong aspects of the transaction, and associate Kanglin Liu covered the China aspects of the transaction.