Legal Business

Linklaters alumni line up opposite former firm in Reckitt’s $16bn takeover of Mead Johnson

In the first transatlantic merger to make headlines so far in 2017, Kirkland & Ellis partners David Holdsworth and Paula Riedel have lined up opposite their old firm Linklaters on Reckitt Benckiser (RB)’s $16.7bn takeover of Mead Johnson & Company.

Kirkland fielded a transatlantic team to advise US-based Mead Johnson, the baby formula manufacturer, which had sales of $3.7bn in 2016. Mead and RB confirmed the deal on 10 February, which should complete in the third quarter of 2017.