Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds PE lawyer to team

Michigan law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has hired Alex Plakas as a partner in its private equity practice group. Previously, Plakas worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he was responsible for leading middle-market private equity deals.

Avista Capital-backed Telular completes Reltima and GPS North America acquisitions

Telular Corporation, a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners, has closed its previously announced buy of Reltima and GPS North America. No financial terms were disclosed. Media Venture Partners advised Reltima and GPS North America on the transaction while Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Telular and Avista. Based in Woburn, Massachusetts, Reltima is a provider of solutions for GPS fleet tracking and fleet performance optimization aimed at light duty vehicle fleets. Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based GPS North America is Reltima’s largest distribution partner.

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PE-backed Telular to acquire Reltima and GPS North America

Telular Corporation, a portfolio company of Avista Capital Partners, has agreed to acquire Reltima and GPS North America. No financial terms were disclosed. Media Venture Partners advised Reltima and GPS North America on the transaction while Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Telular and Avista. Based in Woburn, Massachusetts, Reltima is a provider of solutions for GPS fleet tracking and fleet performance optimization aimed at light duty vehicle fleets. Langhorne, Pennsylvania-based GPS North America is Reltima’s largest distribution partner.

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Francisco Partners invests in ShoreGroup

Francisco Partners has made an undisclosed investment in ShoreGroup Inc. Moelis & Co and Locke Lord advised ShoreGroup on the transaction while Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Evercore advised Francisco Partners. Headquartered in New York City, ShoreGroup is a managed services company.

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EQT Infrastructure II to acquire WASH

EQT Infrastructure II Fund has agreed to buy El Segundo, California-based WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a provider of laundry services to multifamily apartments and universities. The seller is CHS Capital LLC. No financial terms were disclosed. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Bain & Company and KPMG advised EQT Infrastructure II on the deal while Moelis & Company LLC, William Blair & Co and Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised WASH. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Natixis will provide financing for the transaction.

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Kirkland Ellis taps PE lawyer Harris as a partner

Global law firm Kirkland & Ellis has hired private equity /M&A lawyer Ryan Harris as a partner in its corporate practice group. He is based in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Kirkland, Harris worked at Will & Emery where served as a partner.

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PE lawyer Douglas Ryder joins Kirkland & Ellis

Global law firm Kirkland & Ellis has hired private equity and M & A attorney Douglas Ryder as a corporate partner in its New York office. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Ryder worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges.

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Fried Frank taps White to head firm’s European PE practice

International law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has appointed Graham White as head of the firm’s private equity practice in Europe. He has also been named partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and managing partner of the firm’s London office. Prior to joining Fried Frank, White was a senior partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher taps PE lawyers for London office

Global law firm Willkie Farr Gallagher has added Matthew Dean and Claire McDaid as corporate partners in its London office. Dean’s practice is focused on formations, buyouts, financings and venture capital investments while McDaid’s practice deals with cross-border private equity and investment deals. Previously, Dean and McDaid were partners at Kirkland & Ellis International.

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