Kirkland & Ellis advised Guidepost Growth Equity on its lead role in a $150 million round of funding for Atheneum, a fast growth B2B Research Technology ("ResTech") platform. The investment included participation from select limited partners of Guidepost Growth Equity III, Atheneum’s founding management team, and existing investors Crosslantic Capital Management, Michael Brehm, and Vogel Communications Group. The new growth capital will fuel the company's rapid market expansion including in the U.S., continued technology and product development, and hiring initiatives. Roshen Menon and Chris Cavanagh, general partners of Guidepost, will join the company's board.
The Kirkland team was led by corporate partner Christian Atwood and associate Mike Maroni, tax partners Vin Thorn and Daniel Hiemer, employee benefits partner Elizabeth Dyer, and antitrust partners Carla Hine and Thomas Wilson.