Press Release

Kirkland Represents MSC Industrial Special Committee on Agreement with Jacobson/Gershwind Family to Exchange High-Vote Stock and Eliminate Dual Class Share Structure

Kirkland & Ellis is advising the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of MSC Industrial Direct Co. (NYSE: MSM), a leading North American distributor of a broad range of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services, which announced today that its board has approved, and will recommend to shareholders for approval, the reclassification of MSC’s equity structure, including the elimination of the company’s Class B Common Stock that is held by the Jacobson/Gershwind family and entities affiliated with the family. Under the terms of the reclassification agreement, each outstanding share of MSC’s high-voting Class B shares (10 votes per share) will be exchanged for 1.225 Class A shares (1 vote per share) in stock. MSC expects to realize a number of beneficial voting and governance changes as a result of the reclassification, including limitations on family voting, enhancements to governance, further enhancing board independence and active capital allocation.

Read more in MSC Industrial’s press release

The Kirkland team includes corporate partners Jonathan Davis, Daniel Wolf, Lukas Richards and Shaun Mathew and associates Christina Shin, Inhae Song, John McKelvey, Evan Johnson and Gilda Prestipino; capital markets partner Jennifer Lee; tax partners Dean Shulman and Sherry Xie and associate Joseph Riddle; and litigation partner Matthew Solum and associate Andrew McCarty.