Press Release

Kirkland Advises Warburg Pincus and Hawkwood Energy on Acquisition by WildFire Energy

Kirkland & Ellis advised Hawkwood Energy, an independent exploration and production company, in its acquisition by WildFire Energy I, an independent energy platform company. The transaction attributes an enterprise valuation to Hawkwood of approximately $650 million. Following the transaction Hawkwood's existing shareholders will retain a ~50% equity interest in WildFire, alongside ~50% held by WildFire's management team and private equity sponsor Kayne Anderson.

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Adam Larson, Kim Hicks and Chris Heasley and associates Alia Heintz and Jenna McCord, and included corporate associates Jennifer Gasser, Mya Johnson, Zach Scott, James Murphy and Sean Valentine, restructuring partners Patrick Nash and Matt Fagen and associate Danielle Dulitzky, debt finance partner Rachael Lichman and associates Mahalia Doughty and Catalina Bravo Correa, derivatives partner Jamie Madell, tax partner David Wheat and associate Joe Tobias, environmental transactions partner Jonathan Kidwell and associate Courtney Tibbetts, labor and employment partner Richard Kidd, executive compensation partner Scott Price and associate Tony Guan, and employee benefits partner Adria Crowe.