Morgan Stanley Energy Partners’ Acquisition of Specialized Desanders, Inc.


Taft Acts as Legal Counsel for Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company on the deal

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. closed the sale of Specialized Desanders, Inc.

SDI, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is a leading provider of engineered de-sanding solutions to high pressure oil and gas wells.

The buyer is Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (“MSEP”), the energy-focused private equity business of Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

HKW is a private equity firm founded in 1903 with offices in Indianapolis and New York. The Firm, led by Ted H. Kramer, Luke A. Phenicie, Michael A. Foisy, Jeffrey G. Wood, is based in Indianapolis.

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners, the energy-focused private equity business of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, is a leading energy private equity platform that makes privately negotiated equity and equity-related investments in energy companies located primarily in North America.

SDI’s financial advisor was KeyBanc Capital Markets, an investment bank headquartered in New York City, New York.

Taft advised Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company with Robert J. Hicks (Picture), Ralph A. Caruso, Lonnie L. Johnson and Kira A. Johnson.

Involved fees earner: Robert Hicks – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Ralph Caruso – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Lonnie Johnson – Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Kira Johnson – Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Law Firms: Taft Stettinius & Hollister;

Clients: Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company Inc.;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti