ACON S2 Acquisition Corp.’s Business Combination with ESS Inc.

Walkers and Kirkland acted as Cayman Islands counsel to ACON S2 Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in relation to its business combination with ESS Inc.

ACON S2 will enter into a business combination with ESS Tech, Inc. a manufacturer of long-duration iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications. The transaction will result in ESS becoming a publicly listed company, with the combined company having a pro forma enterprise value of $1.072 billion. As part of the transaction, ACON S2 raised a $250 million fully committed PIPE from institutional investors. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021.

The Walkers team was led by Cayman Islands partner Bicrom Das (Picture) with assistance from associate Tom Hagger.

Kirkland advised ACON S2 Acquisition Corp. with a team led by corporate partners Shawn OHargan, Doug Bacon and Anthony Speier and associates Jennifer Gasser, R.J. Malenfant and Alia Heintz and capital markets partner Matt Pacey and associate Logan Weissler.

Involved fees earner: Douglas Bacon – Kirkland & Ellis; Jennifer Gasser – Kirkland & Ellis; Alia Heintz – Kirkland & Ellis; R.J. Malenfant – Kirkland & Ellis; Shawn O’Hargan – Kirkland & Ellis; Matthew Pacey – Kirkland & Ellis; Anthony Speier – Kirkland & Ellis; Logan Weissler – Kirkland & Ellis; Bicrom Das – Walkers Global; Tom Hagger – Walkers Global;

Law Firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Walkers Global;

Clients: ACON S2 Acquisition Corp.;