Press Release

Kirkland Counsels Bain Capital on Plan to Acquire and Merge American Trailer Works and Big Tex

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Bain Capital Private Equity, one of the world’s foremost private investment firms, on its decision to acquire American Trailer Works, a leading manufacturer of utility and cargo trailers. The company is being acquired from an investor group managed by Southlake Equity Group. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. The full release can be found here.

Bain Capital plans to merge American Trailer Works with Big Tex Trailers, a leading manufacturer of utility trailers in North America, to create a newly-formed company. Bain Capital closed its acquisition of Big Tex, which Kirkland also advised on, in December 2015. The Firm’s announcement about Big Tex can be found here and the release is here.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Eunu Chun and David Beller and associates Elizabeth Freechack, Laura Lee Timko, Tana Wilner and Michelle Miao; debt finance partner Eric Wedel and associates Duncan McKay, Jack Schinasi, Doug Wallach and East Berhane; capital markets partner Dennis Myers; executive compensation partner Scott Price and associate Ian Sherwin; tax partner Ben Schreiner and associate Hayden Bui; and antitrust partner Ian John and associate Peter McCormack.