Fried Frank acted as counsel to Permira and its portfolio company, WeddingWire, in WeddingWire's US$933 million combination with XO Group, Inc. XO Group, the operator of The Knot, is a leading digital marketplace connecting engaged couples with wedding professionals. The combined company will maintain both brands, The Knot and WeddingWire, as separate consumer products so that couples can continue to enjoy both offerings, while delivering enhanced value to wedding professionals and partners across the globe. The combined company will also include XO Group's leading life stage websites The Nest, The Bump, Gigmasters, How He Asked, and Lasting. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019 and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the required regulatory waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and the approval of XO Group's shareholders.
The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partners Brian T. Mangino and Robert C. Schwenkel and included corporate partners Michael T. Gershberg, J. Christian Nahr, and Caroline Sandberg; antitrust and competition partners Nathaniel L. Asker and Tobias Caspary; executive compensation & ERISA partner Adam Kaminsky; intellectual property and technology partner Amir R. Ghavi; litigation partners Una A. Dean and Steven M. Witzel; tax partner Alan S. Kaden; corporate special counsel Bret T. Chrisope; corporate real estate special counsel Jessica H. Mayes; litigation special counsel Nathan M. Erickson; corporate associates Samuel A. Borland, Kendra Clark, Melissa S. Doura, Felycia F. Itza, Alison McCormick, P. Ryan Messier, Alyssa Miller, Adam J. Ross, and Justin A. Schenck; corporate real estate associate Tali Panken; antitrust and competition associates Julie Flandrin, Matthew E. Joseph, Aleksandr B. Livshits, and Neda Moussavi; executive compensation & ERISA associates Stephanie Matko and Jaclyn I. Waters; intellectual property and technology associate Alana Berrocal Rodriguez; litigation associates Arthur Kutoroff and Renee E. Turner; restructuring and insolvency associate Nancy M. Bello; tax associate Shane C. Hoffmann; and corporate law clerk Annie Chen.