Ares Management Corporation’s Investment In Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant


Kirkland & Ellis represented a fund affiliated with Ares Management Corporation in its investment Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, an innovative lifestyle brand centered around food and wine.

The company has approximately 400,000 wine club members across its 36 restaurants and tasting rooms.

North Point Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cooper’s Hawk and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as a financial advisor to Ares and Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP served as legal advisors.

The Kirkland team was led by transactional partners Jonathan Benloulou (Picture), Christopher Wu and Bianca Levin-Soler, and associates Van Whiting, Chris Kim and Kendall Jackson; debt finance partners David Nemecek and Katie Taylor and associate Christine Bae; technology & IP transactions partner Matthew Lovell and associate Adine Mitrani; environmental transactions partner Stefanie Gitler and associate Michael Saretsky; real estate partner Roberto Miceli and associate Mark Phillip; executive compensation partners Matthew Antinossi and Rohit Nafday, and associate Adria Crowe; employment & labor partner Michael Schulman and tax partner Anne Kim and associate Malhar Naik.

Involved fees earner: Christine Bae – Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Matthew Antinossi – Kirkland & Ellis; Jonathan Benloulou – Kirkland & Ellis; Adria Crowe – Kirkland & Ellis; Stefanie Gitler – Kirkland & Ellis; Kendall Jackson – Kirkland & Ellis; Christopher Kim – Kirkland & Ellis; Anne Kim – Kirkland & Ellis; Bianca Levin-Soler – Kirkland & Ellis; Matthew Lovell – Kirkland & Ellis; Roberto Miceli – Kirkland & Ellis; Adine Mitrani – Kirkland & Ellis; Rohit Nafday – Kirkland & Ellis; Malhar Naik – Kirkland & Ellis; David Nemecek – Kirkland & Ellis; Mark Andrew Phillip – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Saretsky – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Schulman – Kirkland & Ellis; Katie Taylor – Kirkland & Ellis; Van Whiting – Kirkland & Ellis; Christopher Wu – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: Ares Management Corporation;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti