Press Release

Kirkland Counsels Clearlake on its Agreement to Acquire WellPet from Berwind Corporation

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Clearlake Capital Group, L. P. in its execution of definitive agreements to acquire The Wellness Pet Food Holdings Company, Inc., a global supplier of a family of premium pet food and treat brands, from affiliates of Berwind Corporation. The transaction was announced on Nov. 18, 2020. 

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Luke Guerra and Aisha Lavinier and included associates Jessica Mani Schreiber and Colleen Bazak; debt finance partners Brian Ford, Paul Rezvani and Josh Jang and associate Chloe Keedy; tax partner Josh McLane and associates Kayla Ruben and Michael Thaxter; technology and intellectual property transactions partner Vladimir Khodosh and associates Derek Ventling and Lichen Han; environmental transactions partner Stefanie Gitler and associate Matt Swanson; executive compensation partner Rohit Nafday and associate Fishel Schreiber; labor and employment partner Michael Schulman; employee benefits partner Matthew Antinossi and associate Theodore Brown; real estate partner John Caruso and associate Ashley Thompson; international trade partners Shawn Cooley and Sanjay Mullick; and antitrust partners Carla A.R. Hine, Mark Gardner and associate Arjun Chandran.