Clearlake’s Acquisition of WellPet


Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Clearlake Capital Group in the transaction.

Clearlake Capital Group, L. P. signed definitive agreements to acquire The Wellness Pet Food Holdings Company, Inc., a global supplier of a family of premium pet food and treat brands, from affiliates of Berwind Corporation. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For more than 100 years, WellPet has been a pioneer in the natural pet food movement by offering nutritional recipes with the highest quality ingredients for dogs and cats. Headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, WellPet is a top global supplier of premium pet food and treats with brands including Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, WHIMZEES®, Eagle Pack®, Holistic Select®, and Sojos®.

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading investment firm founded in 2006 operating integrated businesses across private equity, credit, and other related strategies. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represented Clearlake with a team led by corporate partners Luke Guerra (Picture) and Aisha Lavinier and included associates Jessica Mani Schreiber and Colleen Bazak; debt finance partners Brian Ford, Paul Rezvani and Josh Jang and associate Chloe Keedy; tax partner Josh McLane and associates Kayla Ruben and Michael Thaxter; technology and intellectual property transactions partner Vladimir Khodosh and associates Derek Ventling and Lichen Han; environmental transactions partner Stefanie Gitler and associate Matt Swanson; executive compensation partner Rohit Nafday and associate Fishel Schreiber; labor and employment partner Michael Schulman; employee benefits partner Matthew Antinossi and associate Theodore Brown; real estate partner John Caruso and associate Ashley Thompson; international trade partners Shawn Cooley and Sanjay Mullick; and antitrust partners Carla A.R. Hine, Mark Gardner and associate Arjun Chandran.

Involved fees earner: Matthew Antinossi – Kirkland & Ellis; Colleen Bazak – Kirkland & Ellis; Theodore Brown – Kirkland & Ellis; John Caruso – Kirkland & Ellis; Arjun Chandran – Kirkland & Ellis; Shawn Cooley – Kirkland & Ellis; Brian Ford – Kirkland & Ellis; Mark Gardner – Kirkland & Ellis; Stefanie Gitler – Kirkland & Ellis; Robert Luke Guerra – Kirkland & Ellis; Lichen Han – Kirkland & Ellis; Carla Hine – Kirkland & Ellis; Whang Ki Josh Jang – Kirkland & Ellis; Vladimir Khodosh – Kirkland & Ellis; Aisha Lavinier – Kirkland & Ellis; Josh McLane – Kirkland & Ellis; Sanjay Mullick – Kirkland & Ellis; Rohit Nafday – Kirkland & Ellis; Paul Rezvani – Kirkland & Ellis; Kayla Ruben – Kirkland & Ellis; Jessica Mani Schreiber – Kirkland & Ellis; Fishel Schreiber – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Schulman – Kirkland & Ellis; Matt Swanson – Kirkland & Ellis; Michael Thaxter – Kirkland & Ellis; Ashley Thompson – Kirkland & Ellis; Derek Ventling – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti