Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Boardriders, Inc., a global action sports and lifestyle company that owns and operates the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands, on its decision to acquire all of the shares of Billabong International Limited (ASX:BBG). The combination of Boardriders and Billabong will create the world's leading action sports company with sales to over 7,000 wholesale customers in more than 110 countries, owned e-commerce capabilities in 35 countries, and over 630 retail stores in 28 countries. The combined company will include some of the most coveted brands in the industry as Billabong, RVCA, Element, VonZipper, and Xcel are added to the Boardriders family of brands. The full release is available here.
The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Tana Ryan and Navneeta Rekhi and associates Mei Li and Patty Liu; debt finance partner David Nemecek and associates Andrea Weintraub and David Wheelock; and tax partner Russell Light and associate Lexie Maravich.