Berkshire Partners Invests in Toymaker Melissa & Doug

In The News
December 23, 2010

Ropes & Gray represented Berkshire Partners on its investment in toymaker Melissa & Doug LLC, announced on Dec. 21.

The Ropes & Gray deal team was led by Boston-based private equity partner Jane Goldstein, Chicago-based tax & benefits partner Jeff Greenblatt, and New York-based private equity associate Chris Parsons.
Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children's products.

With one of the leading private equity practices in the world, Ropes & Gray’s lawyers have been involved in some of the most significant private equity deals of 2010, including representing TPG it its $3 billion acquisition of J.Crew Group, Inc.; Bain Capital in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Gymboree Corporation; US Oncology in a $2.16 acquisition by McKesson; a private equity consortium consisting of Berkshire Partners, Bain Capital and Advent International in the $1.1 billion leveraged buyout of SkillSoft; TPG in a co-investment with Goldman Sachs for the €1.2 billion secondary buyout acquisition of Ontex N.V.; and Thomas H. Lee Partners in its $1.1 billion acquisition of inVentiv Health.