Gas Innovations’ Partnership with AEA Investors


Kirkland & Ellis counseled Gas Innovations on a partnership with an affiliate of AEA Investors.

AEA’s Small Business Fund invested in Gas Innovations as part of the formation of Meritus Gas Partners, a packaged gas distribution platform.

Gas Innovations was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing industrial gas producers and distributors a dependable, independent wholesale supply partner. Since its founding, the company has grown to become a world-wide supplier of high purity hydrocarbons, refrigerant gases and specialty gases. Gas Innovations is located on the Houston Ship Channel, La Porte, TX.

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. The firm manages funds that have over $15 billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small business companies and mezzanine and senior debt investments.

The Kirkland team advising Gas Innovations was led by transactional partner Bill Benitez (Picture) and associates Brice Lipman and Paul Knowlton; and tax partner David Wheat and associate Joe Tobias.

Involved fees earner: William Benitez – Kirkland & Ellis; Paul Knowlton – Kirkland & Ellis; Brice Lipman – Kirkland & Ellis; Joe Tobias – Kirkland & Ellis; David Wheat – Kirkland & Ellis;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis;

Clients: Gas Innovations;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti