Debevoise Advises Kelso in the Acquisition of a Majority Interest in C.L. Smith and its Combination of C.L. Smith with Inmark

26 May 2021

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is advising Kelso & Company and its affiliated funds in their agreement to acquire a majority equity interest in C.L. Smith Company, a leading distributor of rigid packaging solutions, and combine C.L. Smith with Kelso’s existing investment in Inmark, a distributor of rigid container and life sciences packaging products. For more information, please read Kelso’s press release.

Debevoise previously advised Kelso in December of 2020 in its investment in Inmark, which designs and distributes life sciences packaging solutions for clinical specimen transport, temperature-controlled, used medical device, and dangerous goods applications. C.L. Smith is a one-stop shop for rigid packaging distribution, manufacturing, custom design, and hazardous material certification, serving a diverse range of customers and end markets.

The Debevoise team is led by M&A partners Sue Meng and Michael Diz and includes associates Marisa Demko, Robert Geren, Sarah Jacobson and Lunar Mai, finance partner Scott Selinger, counsel Kevin Grondahl and law clerk Louis Sanchez, benefits counsel J. Michael Snypes Jr. and associate Matthew Trudeau, tax partner Michael Bolotin and associate David Rock, intellectual property associate Tigist Kassahun and law clerk Paisley Piasecki, environmental counsel Stuart Hammer, antitrust counsel Kyra Bromley and real estate associates David Saltzman and Isaac Stern.