Press Release

Kirkland Advises Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe on EquiLend Acquisition

Kirkland & Ellis advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) in an agreement to acquire EquiLend, the global technology, data and analytics company for the securities finance industry, from a consortium of large global banks and broker-dealers. The transaction was announced on January 18, 2024. The acquisition is expected to close in Q2 2024, subject to regulatory approvals. WCAS has committed a further $200 million to support organic initiatives and acquisitions by EquiLend. 

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The team was led by corporate partner Will Boothby and associate Philippe Simard and included associates Eric St. Bernard, Logan Cotton and Emad Almazyad; antitrust & competition partners Zach Holmstead, Peter McCormack, Michael Thorpe, Thomas Wilson and Mark Gardner; tax partners Sara Zablotney and Mike Conroy; technology and IP transactions partners Matthew Lovell and Joanna Schlingbaum; debt finance partners Christopher Butler, Jud Oswald and Justin Greer; employee benefits partner Alexandra Mihalas; environmental transactions partner Carleigh Rodriguez; executive compensation partner Michael Krasnovsky; employment & labor partner Mari Stonebreaker; real estate partner Ian Craig; transactional liability partner Anna Geml; and international trade & national security partner Daniel Gerkin.