Press Release

Kirkland Advises Ares Acquisition on Business Combination with X-energy, a Leading Developer of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Technology for Clean Energy Generation

Kirkland & Ellis counseled Ares Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, on its definitive business combination agreement with X Energy Reactor Co., LLC (X-energy), a leading developer of small modular nuclear reactors and fuel technology for clean energy generation. The combination will establish X-energy as a publicly-traded developer of a more advanced small modular reactor (SMR) and proprietary fuel that supports the transition to clean, affordable energy through enhanced safety, lower cost, scalability and broader industrial applications. The pre-money equity value is approximately $2 billion for X-energy with existing X-energy equity holders rolling 100 percent of their interests into the combined company. Supported by $1.2 billion of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and a growing pipeline of potential blue-chip global customers, X-energy is a frontrunner in the deployment of advanced SMRs across North America and Europe.

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Monica Shilling, and Dov Kogen and associates Casey Harless, Tammy Adereti and Allison Azarloza; capital markets partners Pippa Bond and Tommy Felix and associates John Kim, Aparna Bhattacharya, Mateo Garnica, Cash Malcolm, Sara Lampert and Meron Bayu; tax partners Anne Kim and Liam Murphy; and energy regulatory partner Drew Stuyvenberg.