Blackstone’s acquisition of the Center For Autism and Related Disorders, LLC


Blackstone was advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Cain Brothers, a division of KeyBanc Capital Markets. CARD was advised by Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC, and Berkery Noyes.

Blackstone (NYSE: BX) has agreed to acquire the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, LLC (“CARD”), a leading provider of autism behavioral health services for children and adults affected by autism spectrum disorder.

CARD Founder and CEO Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and CARD management will invest alongside Blackstone in the transaction.

CARD offers center, school, and home-based behavioral therapy nationwide to children and adults diagnosed with autism. The company delivers rigorous clinical quality and positive outcomes through a highly credentialed and well-trained workforce of behavior analysts and behavior technicians, high engagement with patients and their families, proprietary software for treatment planning and ongoing monitoring, and an evidence-based, individualized approach to treating each child or adult. Dr. Granpeesheh will continue to lead CARD along with members of her experienced management team.

The transaction is expected to close later this year.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partners Peter Martelli and Lauren Colasacco, and associates Lukas Richards and Alana Siegel.

Involved fees earner: Peter Martelli – Kirkland & Ellis; Lauren Colasacco – Kirkland & Ellis; Lukas David Richards – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: Blackstone;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti