Kirkland & Ellis represented private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management in its equity investment in WHP Global, a new brand management platform. Oaktree has made an aggregate $200 million capital commitment to WHP. WHP's first acquisition was global fashion brand Anne Klein. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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The Kirkland team was led by transactional partner Hamed Meshki and included transactional associates Michele Cumpston and Liam Gallagher; debt finance partners David Nemecek and Kristen Derhaag and associates Shawn Bagdasarian and Andrew Hurley; tax partners Russell Light and Josh McLane and associate Michael Alcan; antitrust & competition partner Carla Hine and associate Kelsey Laugel; technology & IP transactions partner Seth Traxler and associate Adine Mitrani; employee benefits partner Matthew Antinossi; labor & employment partners Edward Holzwanger and Madeline Klebanov and associate Melissa Soares; and executive compensation partner Michael Krasnovsky.