Kirkland advised KPS Capital Partners, LP, through a newly formed affiliate, on its agreement with Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries for KPS to acquire substantially all of the assets of Briggs & Stratton, including equity of foreign subsidiaries, for approximately $550 million. Briggs & Stratton has filed a motion with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri seeking the designation of KPS as the stalking horse bidder in a sale motion as part of the Company's filing of voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code today. Briggs & Stratton expects to sell its assets through a court-supervised sale process under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. KPS, through an affiliate, has also agreed to invest $265 million in a FILO tranche of Briggs & Stratton's Debtor in Possession ("DIP") financing to support the Company's operations.
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The Kirkland team was led by transactional partner Joshua Kogan and associates Lukas Richards, Mo Green, Amanda Gottlieb and Alastair Smith; debt finance partners Melissa Hutson and Yuli Wang and associate Ashley Kerr; restructuring partners Chad Husnick and Gregory Pesce and associates Claire Stephens and Guy Macarol; and tax partner Benjamin Schreiner and associate Tara Rhoades.