July 18, 2018

Willkie represented Capital Constellation, a provider of catalytic investment capital, in its $150 million strategic partnership with private equity platform Ara Partners Group.

On July 17, Willkie client Capital Constellation, a provider of catalytic investment capital to next-generation investor entrepreneurs, announced the closing of a $150 million strategic partnership with Ara Partners Group, a private equity platform investing in middle-market opportunities across the global energy and industrials sectors.  Pursuant to the transaction, Capital Constellation will acquire a substantial minority ownership interest in Ara Partners and provide the firm and its affiliates with significant investment capital.

Constellation, an innovative joint venture spanning Europe, North America and the Middle East, combines the expertise and capital base of three of the world’s premier institutional investors— the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, RPMI Railpen and Wafra, on behalf of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait. The founding partners of Capital Constellation together manage more than $200 billion in assets.  Ara Partners is a global alternative asset manager that invests in diverse segments of the energy and industrials sectors. 

The Willkie team was led by partners Michael De Voe Piazza and Bradley Friedman.