Seward & Kissel advises Kennedy Lewis Investment Management on its sale of a minority equity stake to Azimut Alternative Capital Partners
July 30, 2020
On July 29, 2020, Azimut Alternative Capital Partners, LLC announced that it entered into agreements to acquire a minority equity interest in investment management firm Kennedy Lewis Investment Management LLC and certain affiliated entities. Seward & Kissel was pleased to represent Kennedy Lewis in connection with this investment management industry transaction.
New York-based Kennedy Lewis, founded in 2017, is a leading opportunistic private credit investment management firm with approximately $2.1bn in combined AUM and committed capital. Azimut is Italy’s leading independent asset manager. Parent company Azimut Holding is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange and the group comprises various companies active in the sale, management and distribution of financial and insurance products, with registered offices mainly in Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Monaco, Switzerland, Taiwan, Brazil, Egypt, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, Chile, USA, UAE and Turkey, and has in excess of €55bn (equivalent to US $65bn) in total AUM. Azimut Alternative Capital Management was set up in November 2019 with the purpose of partnering with US-based alternative asset managers by providing them with permanent capital to grow and reach their greatest business potential. The Kennedy Lewis deal is the first transaction completed by Azimut Alternative Capital Management.
Seward & Kissel LLP (www.sewkis.com) is a leading New York law firm, originally established in 1890, offering legal advice emphasizing business, financial and commercial law and related litigation. The firm’s Business Transactions Group handles middle-market M&A, private equity, venture capital and joint venture transactions involving a wide variety of industries. The firm is ranked as Highly Regarded for Corporate/M&A by Chambers USA and is recommended by The Legal 500 in the middle-market M&A category, stating that Seward & Kissel “advises on market-leading transactions within the industries where the firm has an international reputation, namely investment management and shipping” and “also handles complex middle-market deals in the media industry and international sell-side M&A.”
The company’s press release describing this transaction can be viewed by clicking here.