Damon Fisher

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Damon Fisher

Damon Fisher

Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Biography

Professional Profile

Damon R. Fisher is a partner in the corporate practice of Kirkland & Ellis, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. He represents buyers and sellers in public and private M&A transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, restructurings, and asset purchases and sales pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also represents issuers, investors and investment banks in public and private securities transactions, including public offerings, Rule 144A high-yield debt offerings, exchange offers, tender offers and venture capital financings. In addition, he advises on executive compensation arrangements and corporate governance.

Damon has served as lead counsel in transactions involving a variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, energy, apparel, internet, shipping, consumer products, business services, health care, restaurants and media. A significant portion of Damon's practice involves the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Representative private equity firm clients include The Carlyle Group, Oaktree Capital Management, Brentwood Associates, Shamrock Capital, Vicente Capital and Crescent Mezzanine, among others.

Representative Matters

Oaktree Capital Management and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including:

Oaktree's $1.13 billion acquisition, via a plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, of General Maritime Corporation;

the formation of, and Oaktree's $500 million commitment to, Jackson Square Aviation;

the acquisition of Excelsior Radio Networks by Triton Media Group, an Oaktree portfolio company;

the recapitalization of Rinker Boat by Oaktree and Silver Point;

the cross-border $400 million acquisition of a business from a subsidiary of The China National Cereals Oil and Foodstuffs Corp.;

the roll-up of numerous limited partnerships and the subsequent initial public offering of the parent company, General Maritime Corporation; and

several minority equity investments in connection with mezzanine debt financings, including Omniflight, Towne Air, Hallmark Entertainment and Truckpro.

The Carlyle Group and its portfolio companies in several transactions, including:

the acquisition of Metaldyne pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, for a credit bid of more than $425 million plus $39.5 million of cash;

a joint venture with another private equity firm and that joint venture's acquisition of subprime residential mortgages; and

Metaldyne in a self tender offer and a dividend recapitalization.

Brentwood Associates and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including:

the acquisition of Zoe's Kitchen;

the acquisition of Paper Source, Inc.;

its equity investment in Ariat International;

the acquisition of Theo Davies Food Service Group;

the acquisition of C.C. Filson;

the recapitalization of Zumiez, Inc.;

Bell Automotive Products Inc. in its sale to JH Partners; and

Array Marketing Group, Inc. in its acquisitions of KCS Industries, Thomson Leeds, American Manufacturing and IDMD Manufacturing.

Shamrock Capital Advisors and its portfolio companies in numerous transactions, including:

Shamrock's acquisition of Learfield Communications;

the sale of Media Storm;

Shamrock's equity investment in Mojiva;

Shamrock's equity investment in Thought Equity Motion; and

the recapitalization of Publishing Group of America.

TCW / Crescent Mezzanine in several minority equity investments in connection with mezzanine loans, including:

TPG's $5.2 billion take-private of IMS Health;

TPG's $1.3 billion take-private of American Tire Distributors; and

Leonard Green's $1.6 billion take-private of Jo-Ann Stores.

Vicente Capital Partners in its acquisition of VXi.

GFI Energy Ventures and its portfolio companies in several matters, including the acquisition of GT Solar (f/k/a GT Equipment Technologies, Inc.).

Caltius Equity Partners in its acquisition of Starpoint Health, Inc.

American Racing Equipment, a Platinum Equity portfolio company, in its acquisition of Weld Wheel pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Oversee.net in its acquisition of Moniker.

Calpine in the $242 million sale of its subsidiary, Power Systems Mfg., to Alstom pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Shopzilla, Inc. (formerly known as BizRate) in its $525 million acquisition by The E.W. Scripps Company.

Juicy Couture, Inc. in its acquisition by Liz Claiborne, Inc.

Kline Hawkes & Co. in numerous transactions, including:

the acquisition of 02 Science from DVI;

the sale of 02 Science to Braden Partners; and

the sale of UFO Communications to Cogent Communications Group.

The underwriters in more than a dozen public offerings, including the initial public offering of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation and follow-on and/or secondary offerings by Big 5 Sporting Goods, CSK Auto Corporation, Avnet, Inc., Aradigm and Westcorp.

The initial purchasers in Rule 144A high-yield debt offerings by Gundle/SLT Environmental, Inc., The Titan Corporation, CSK Auto, Inc. and Penton Media, Inc.

The dealer-managers in exchange offers or tender offers by J. Crew Group, Inc., Avnet, Inc., Sun International Hotels and CSK Auto.

Memberships & Affiliations

Children’s Bureau, Board of Trustees

St. Matthew’s Parish School, Board of Trustees
Corporate
Mergers & Acquisitions
Leveraged Acquisitions
Corporate Finance
Capital Markets
Private Equity
Private Company
Corporate Governance & Counseling
Restructuring

1995, California

Loyola Law School Los Angeles, J.D., 1995
University of California at San Diego, B.A., Political Science, 1992

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Education
JD
Class of 1995

The administration of the school is divided into eight areas: Research and Academic Centers, Finance and Administration, Faculty, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Advancement, Admissions, and Career Services.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1992

UC San Diego Extension harnesses the power of education to transform lives. The unique educational formats support lifelong learning and meet the evolving needs of our students, businesses and the larger community.

Career History
Partner
Current

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides legal services. The company counsels clients in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Boards & Committees
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Prior - 2015
Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $25K
2019

Children's Bureau of Southern California is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, that operates child abuse prevention association.

$1,000 - $2,499
2018

Children's Bureau of Southern California is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, that operates child abuse prevention association.

$5,000 - $10K
2017

Children's Bureau of Southern California is a nonprofit company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, that operates child abuse prevention association.

Political Donations
$500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$500
2011

Former Governor of Minnesota

$250
2010

Founder at One Woman Initiative

Transactions
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Media Rights Capital II LLC, Valence Media LLC purchase Fulwell 73 Ltd.

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MidOcean Partners purchases Questex Media Group LLC from Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC

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Huntsworth Plc purchases Giant Creative Strategy LLC from Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC

Awards & Honors
1995
Admitted to the California Bar
Other Affiliations

Damon Fisher is affiliated with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Church of St. Matthew School

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