Debevoise Advises Clayton Dubilier & Rice in Its Acquisition of High Ridge Brands

17 May 2016

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of High Ridge Brands, the largest North American consolidation platform focused on acquiring orphaned personal care brands, from Brynwood Partners. The transaction is valued at approximately $415 million.

High Ridge Brands is a portfolio of nine primarily value-oriented consumer brands with wide demographic appeal that compete in the personal cleansing and hair care categories. The Company's core brands, including Zest, Alberto VO5, White Rain, Coast, and Rave, maintain high consumer awareness and brand equities, resulting in strong product presence at leading retailers across the mass, dollar, food, drug and club channels.

Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice invests in European and U.S-based businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of $21 billion in 66 companies representing a broad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $100 billion.

The Debevoise team is led by Michael A. Diz and includes partners Margaret Andrews Davenport, Peter A. Furci and Meir D. Katz, and associates Jordan Corrente Beck, Erin Cleary, Spencer K. Gilbert, Jennifer A. Gong, Tigist Kassahun, Rebecca Quan, John Rothert, Lena E. Smith and Ramya S. Tiller.