Kirkland & Ellis advised Silversmith Capital Partners (Silversmith), a Boston-based growth equity firm, in a $60 million minority investment in Microblink, a global leader in AI-powered computer vision software. The investment marks the first time Microblink has raised outside capital since its founding seven years ago. The partnership with Silversmith will enable accelerated growth in key business areas including product development, go-to-market and team expansion. As part of the investment, Silversmith General Partner Sri Rao has joined the Board of Directors alongside Microblink Co-Founders Darren Bassman and Damir Sabol.
The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Christian Atwood and Payson Lyman and associates Emily Deagen and Luke Schafer, with assistance from tax partner Lee Morlock and associate Joe Morley, technology & IP transactions partner Matt Lovell and associate Michael Hemes, and transactional liability insurance partner Jessica Sicsu.