jonesJoele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher is dressing PR for both sides of Sycamore Partners' $1.2B acquisition of The Jones Group, the publicly traded apparel company that includes Ann Klein and Nine West, among other brands.

The $15-per-share deal, announced Dec. 20, is valued at $2.2B when debt is included and will take Jones private.

The parties expect the acquisition to close in the second quarter of 2014, pending shareholder and regulatory approval.

Managing partner Joele Frank and partner Sharon Stern are supporting Jones Group, while partner Michael Freitag leads PR on the Sycamore side.  

Jones shares were up 5% to top $14.80 in afternoon trading Dec. 20.