Kirkland & Ellis is advising private equity firm Providence Equity Partners on a strategic minority investment in global architectural and design firm Populous. The transaction was announced October 17. The investment is designed to support Populous’ continued growth and to allow the company to pursue opportunities to expand its service offerings and geographic presence. Populous specializes in designing sports facilities, arenas, convention centers and airports around the world.
The Kirkland team is led by corporate partners Andrew Arons, Michael Weisser and Daniel Yip and associate D. Kim Grinhaus as well as corporate associate Carly Bishop; tax partners Mark Schwed and David Morris; debt finance partners Melissa Hutson and Timothy Hughes and associate Charles Kilgore; employee benefits partner Matthew Antinossi and associate Jack Amaro; executive compensation partners Scott Price and Matthew Wood and associate Matthew Mutino; employment & labor partners R.D. Kohut and Jackson Phinney and associate Olivia Hunter; real estate partners John Thomas Goldman and Lanre Williams and associate Adamantia Giannakis; international trade & national security associate Brad Dumbacher; technology & IP transactions partner Seth Traxler and associate Justin Garfinkle; antitrust & competition partners Philipp Gnatzy, Michael Thorpe and Rebekah Tobison Scherr and associates Loukia Kopitsa, Alexandre Rouhette and Sarah Lonvick; and environmental partner Carleigh Rodriguez.