Kirkland & Ellis advised Pritzker Private Capital (“PPC”), a leader in family direct investing, on its acquisition of Bardstown Bourbon Company, an innovative distiller, producer and bottler of premium Kentucky bourbon and rye whiskey brands. PPC is investing alongside members of the Bardstown Bourbon management team and current investors. Mark Erwin, President and CEO, and Bardstown Bourbon’s current management will continue to lead the business. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Kirkland team was led by corporate partner Adam Wexner and associates Kevin Stocks, Alex Romano, Sophie Frishberg and Constance Raftis, with support from corporate partner Benjamin Clinger, debt finance partners Michelle Kilkenney and Jenelle DeVits and associates Alli McTague and Hayley Maybaum, technology & IP transactions partner Daniel Lewis and associate Jack Wilton, real estate partner Josh Faulkner and associate Victoria Acuff, executive compensation partners Frances Tompson and Matt Wood and associate Tom Kotlowski, employee benefits partner Alexandra Mihalas and associate Chris Chase, employment and labor partner Michael Schulman and associate Nick Ustaski, environmental transactions partner Paul Tanaka and associate Michelle Sliwinski, tax partner Thomas Evans and associate Weiwei Chen and antitrust and competition partners Michael Thorpe and Mike Robert-Smith and associate Kelsey Laugel.