Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (“Taft”) served as legal advisor to HKW on the deal
Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”), a private equity firm focused on making investments alongside talented managers in the middle market, announced on August 10, 2018, it closed on the acquisition of Indigo Wild, L.L.C. (“Indigo Wild” or “Company”). Indigo Wild, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, is a manufacturer and distributor of bath, skin, home, and cleaning products, including the Zum product line, best known for its popular Zum Bar goat’s milk soap. Indigo Wild, founded in 1996 by Emily Voth, distributes its products through grocery, specialty, e-commerce, and direct-to-consumer channels.
HKW is a private equity firm founded in 1903 with offices in Indianapolis and New York. Since 1982, HKW has sponsored 58 platform transactions of lower middle-market companies throughout North America, as well as 62 add-on acquisitions.
Taft advised HKW with a team including Ralph A. Caruso (Picture), Robert J. Hicks, Kira A. Johnson, Lonnie L. Johnson and Caroline E. Thee.
Involved fees earner: Ralph Caruso – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Robert Hicks – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Caroline Thee – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Kira Johnson – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Lonnie Johnson – Taft Stettinius & Hollister;
Law Firms: Taft Stettinius & Hollister;
Clients: Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company Inc.;