Bain Capital’s Acquisition of Kantar

Weil advised Bain Capital on its acquisition and financing of a 60% stake in Kantar, valuing the global market research business at c.$4 billion.

Founded in 1993, Kantar employs over 30,000 people operating in over a hundred countries worldwide. The deal is expected to close in 2020, subject to certain conditions, including shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Bain Capital Private Equity, LP is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in investments in buyouts, expansion financing for growing companies, early stage venture, leveraged acquisitions, middle market, growth capital investments, going private transactions, industry consolidations, special situations, turnaround, joint ventures, and corporate divestitures.

The Weil team is led by Private Equity partner Marco Compagnoni (Picture) and associate Lewis Blakey, and also includes Banking & Finance partner Tom Richards and associate Adam Faulkner; Technology & IP Transactions partner Barry Fishley and associate Briony Pollard; and Tax partner Oliver Walker and associate Ellie Marques. Additional members of the team are Corporate associates Martin Weatherston-Wilson, Grace Smith and Matthew Edstein, and Antitrust associate Neil Rigby.

Involved fees earner: Martin Weatherston-Wilson – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Lewis Blakey – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Marco Compagnoni – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Matthew Edstein – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Adam Faulkner – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Barry Fishley – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Ellie Marques – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Briony Pollard – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Tom Richards – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Neil Rigby – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Grace Smith – Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Oliver Walker – Weil, Gotshal & Manges;

Law Firms: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Weil, Gotshal & Manges;

Clients: Bain Capital;