Press Release

Kirkland Advises Brentwood on its Investment in Watermill Express

Kirkland & Ellis counseled Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, on its decision to acquire majority control of Watermill Express, LLC, partnering with the co-founders, Lani and Don Dolifka, as their first institutional partner. Watermill Express’ refill stations provide affordable, sustainable, and safe drinking water and ice in a convenient drive-up format. The Company operates and franchises nearly 1,300 stations across nine states, predominantly across the West Coast and Sunbelt regions.
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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Hamed Meshki and Bianca Levin-Soler and included associates Kristina Mooradian and Sam Raffa; tax partners Mike Beinus and Meredith Levy and associate Liz Allison; debt finance partners Nisha Kanchanapoomi and Josh Jang and associate Tina He; technology & IP transactions partner Matt Lovell and associate Paula McDonald; executive compensation partner Jack Stratton and associate Andrew Hedman; environmental transactions partner Toby Chun and associate Caitlin Meagher; employee benefits partner Matt Antinossi and associate Jack Amaro; labor and employment partner Richard Kidd and associates Jaclyn Schruhl and Caitlin Koseck; and real estate partner John Caruso.