Gates Corporation sold to equity fund

Private equity funds managed by Blackstone have entered into a definitive purchase agreement with affiliates of Onex Corporation and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire all of the equity interests in Pinafore Holdings B.V., the parent company of Gates Corporation for approximately $5.4 billion.

The transaction is expected to close later this year.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., BofA Merrill Lynch and Citi served as financial advisors to Gates. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Gates.

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, XMS Capital and Deutsche Bank served as financial advisors to Blackstone. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to Blackstone. Blackstone has secured committed debt financing to be arranged by Credit Suisse, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and UBS.

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