CDW’s US$2.5 Billion Acquisition of Sirius Computer Solutions

Sidley Austin and advised CDW Corporation on the deal, while Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

CDW Corporation announced its acquisition of Sirius Computer Solutions from an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice for US$2.5 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to significantly accelerate CDW’s services and solutions capabilities and further enhance CDW’s ability to solve customers’ increasingly interconnected and complex technology challenges.

Founded in 1980 with headquarters in San Antonio, TX, Sirius is a privately held, leading national solutions integrator focused on helping organizations transform their business by managing their operations, optimizing their IT, and securing it all.

CDW Corporation is a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is an American private equity company. It is one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the world.

The Sidley team is being led by Gary Gerstman (Picture), Brent Steele, and Danielle Haikal (M&A), and includes Matt Johnson and Christian Pilhofer (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation), and Suresh Advani and Wondha Cadet (Tax).

Debevoise & Plimpton advised Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in the financing aspects with a team led by finance partner Jeffrey Ross, which includes associate Brett Novick.

The Kirkland team was led by corporate partner Kevin Mausert and associate Andrew Struckmeyer and Sobiel Ebadat, and included assistance from corporate partner Rick Campbell, employee benefits partner Michael Schulman and associate Melissa Harclerode, environmental transactions partner Paul Tanaka and associate Matt Swanson, real estate partner Roberto Miceli and associate Alexander Fischler, intellectual property partner Aaron Lorber and associate Kevin Jacobsen, tax partners Roger Lucas and Mike Conroy, international trade and national security partner Mario Mancuso and associates William Phalen and Erika Krum, government contracts partner Boyd Greene, antitrust partners Ian John and Jill Ross and associate Todd Garcia, healthcare partner Dennis Williams and associates Robert Kantrowitz and Eric Tang, and executive compensation partner Rohit Nafday and associate Deidre Kalenderian. 

Involved fees earner: Brett Novick – Debevoise & Plimpton; Jeffrey Ross – Debevoise & Plimpton; Jill Ross – Dechert; Richard Campbell – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Conroy – Kirkland & Ellis; Soheil Ebadat – Kirkland & Ellis; Alexander Fischler – Kirkland & Ellis; J. Todd Garcia – Kirkland & Ellis; Boyd Greene – Kirkland & Ellis; Melissa Harclerode – Kirkland & Ellis; Kevin Jacobsen – Kirkland & Ellis; Ian John – Kirkland & Ellis; Deidre Kalenderian – Kirkland & Ellis; Robert Kantrowitz – Kirkland & Ellis; Erika Krum – Kirkland & Ellis; Aaron Lorber – Kirkland & Ellis; Roger Lucas – Kirkland & Ellis; Mario Mancuso – Kirkland & Ellis; Kevin Mausert – Kirkland & Ellis; Roberto Miceli – Kirkland & Ellis; Rohit Nafday – Kirkland & Ellis; William Phalen – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Schulman – Kirkland & Ellis; Andrew Struckmeyer – Kirkland & Ellis; Matt Swanson – Kirkland & Ellis; Paul Tanaka – Kirkland & Ellis; Eric Tang – Kirkland & Ellis; Dennis Williams – Kirkland & Ellis; Suresh Advani – Sidley Austin LLP; Wondha Cadet – Sidley Austin LLP; Gary Gerstman – Sidley Austin LLP; Danielle Haikal – Sidley Austin LLP; Matthew Johnson – Sidley Austin LLP; Christian Pilhofer – Sidley Austin LLP; Brent Steele – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Debevoise & Plimpton; Dechert; Kirkland & Ellis; Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: CDW LLC; Clayton Dubilier & Rice;

Author: Martina Bellini