Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Brentwood Associates a leading consumer-focused private equity investment firm in its significant non-controlling investment in Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza. Blaze is the nation’s leading fast-casual pizza chain with over 200 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Brentwood’s investment in Blaze is its sixth investment in the restaurant industry. Brentwood also owns three California-based restaurants, Lazy Dog Restaurants, Pacific Catch and Veggie Grill. The full terms of the transaction were not disclosed. More information on the deal is available here.
The team was led by corporate partner Hamed Meshki and included partner Brandon Vongsawad and associates Dilveer Vahali and Paige Scheckla, capital markets partner David Curtiss, tax partners Michael Beinus and Meredith Levy and associate John Crisp, investment funds partners Jeffrey Kaplan and Matthew Cohen and associate Brian Delaney, technology & IP transactions partner Matthew Lovell and associate Jeffrey Seroogy, labor and employment partner Richard Kidd and associate Eva Podaras, employee benefits partners Matthew Antinossi and Elizabeth Dyer and associate Adria Crowe, executive compensation partner Matthew Shiels and associate Alijah C. Arah, real estate partner Kevin Ehrhart and associate Justin Glincher, and environmental transactions partner Toby Chun and associate Carleigh Trappe Rodriguez. Summer associate Christian Rivas also provided invaluable assistance.