Press Release

Kirkland Advises Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven on Acquisition of Lonza Specialty Ingredients

Kirkland & Ellis is advising Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven who have entered into definitive agreements to acquire Lonza Specialty Ingredients (“LSI”), a division of Lonza AG, for a total enterprise value of CHF 4.2 billion.

LSI is a world-leading provider of specialty chemicals for microbial control solutions, used to eliminate or control harmful and unwanted micro-organisms. LSI’s products are critical ingredients in disinfectants, preservatives, sanitisers, personal care products, as well as coatings and other industrial uses. The business also produces a range of other specialty chemicals, centred around its unique production facility in Switzerland. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, LSI has approximately 2,800 employees, 11 R&D centres and 17 manufacturing sites across the world. The business serves circa 5,300 customers across a wide range of end-markets.

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The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Adrian Maguire, Rory Mullarkey, Jacob Traff and Dan Clarke and associates Claire Rushton, Max Mugnaioni, Jelani Okoruwa and Molly Beck; tax partners Tim Lowe and Mike Carew; antitrust & competition partner Paula Riedel and technology & IP transactions associate John Patten.