Davis Polk advised WPEngine, Inc. on its acquisition of Fancy Chap, Inc. (d/b/a Flywheel), a Delaware corporation. The transaction closed on June 25, 2019.
WPEngine is a WordPress Digital Experience Platform that gives companies of all sizes the agility, performance, intelligence and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster. WP Engine’s combination of tech innovation and an award-winning team of WordPress experts are trusted by more than 120,000 customers across 150 countries to provide counsel and support, helping brands create world-class digital experiences. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in Brisbane, Australia; Limerick, Ireland; London, England; Omaha, Nebraska; San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California. Flywheel was founded in 2012 and focused on creating targeted and innovative products to help agencies grow their business on WordPress. Flywheel employs more than 200 employees around the world and serves more than 28,000 customers globally.
The Davis Polk corporate team included partners Alan F. Denenberg and Oliver Smith and associates Reid B. Fitzgerald and Jenny Ge. The executive compensation team included partner Jeffrey P. Crandall and associate Charlotte Fabiani. The intellectual property and technology team included partner Pritesh P. Shah and associate Tilak Koilvaram. The tax team included partner Rachel D. Kleinberg. Members of the Davis Polk team are based in the Northern California and New York offices.