Press Release

Kirkland Counsels Grakon on $420 Million Acquirement by Methode

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents Grakon Parent Inc., a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced lighting systems, controls and components for premier OEM manufacturers in the heavy truck, bus, rail, electric vehicle and power sports markets, on its decision to be acquired by Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:MEI), a global developer of custom engineered and application-specific products and solutions. Methode expects to fund the total consideration of approximately $420 million with a combination of cash on hand and committed debt financing. Methode’s full release is available here.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partner Hamed Meshki and included associates Michele Cumpston and Elizabeth Roberts; Beijing corporate partner Jing Li; Hong Kong corporate partner David Yun; tax partners Russell Light and Josh McLane and associate Miles H. Johnson; environmental transactions partner Paul Tanaka and associate Jennie Morawetz; employee benefits of counsel Jack Bernstein and associate Chris Chase; technology and intellectual property transactions partner Matthew Lovell and associate Andy Dykstra; labor and employment partners Edward Holzwanger and Bryan O’Keefe; executive compensation partner Michael Krasnovsky and associate Ian Sherwin; debt finance partner Nisha Kanchanapoomi and associate Ruby Yang; international trade partner Mario Mancuso and associate Luci Hague; real estate partner Roberto Miceli and associate Mark Phillip; antitrust partner James Mutchnik and of counsel Mike Robert-Smith; and summer associate Blake Mayes.