Press Release

Kirkland Advises Engine No. 1 on Sale of ETF Business to TCW Group

Kirkland & Ellis advised Engine No. 1, a San Francisco-based investment firm, on the sale of its exchange traded fund (ETF) business and its infrastructure to the TCW Group, a leading global asset management firm. Through the transaction, TCW is acquiring the entirety of Engine No. 1’s Transform ETF platform, which includes the active, thematic Transform Climate ETF (Ticker: NETZ); Transform Supply Chain ETF (Ticker: SUPP); and the Transform 500 ETF (Ticker: VOTE) index fund. Combined, the Transform ETF platform manages more than $600 million in U.S. equity ETFs focused on supply chain onshoring and energy transition. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2023, subject to shareholder approval.

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Kyle Watson and Jonathan Benloulou and associates Gabrielle Sumich and Daly Brower; investment funds partners Nicole Runyan and Pamela Chen; tax partner Anne Kim; technology & IP transactions partner Amber Harezlak; and executive compensation partner Rob Fowler.