Kekst recently advised Sweden-based private equity group EQT Partners on two major transactions, its acquisition of Princeton, New Jersey-based pharmaceutical services firm Certara and the acquisition of Global Gateway South, a leading container terminal in the Port of Los Angeles.
EQT acquired drug development software and services company Certara in July for $850 million, including debt, from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners, who retains a minority ownership stake.
The private equity and venture capital firm in July also acquired a 90 percent interest in Global Gateway South for $875 million and will now partner with port infrastructure investment company P5 Infrastructure to increase the terminal’s capacity and efficiency.
The Kekst team counseling EQT in the transactions includes managing director Daniel Yunger, associate Ross Lovern and analyst Cathryn Vaulman.
The corporate, financial and M&A communications advisory giant last year also provided PR counsel for EQT's $2.35 billion acquisition of healthcare consultancy Press Ganey Holdings, its first direct equity investment in North America.