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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

30 ST MARY AXE, LONDON, EC3A 8AF, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7469 2000
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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

In addition to private equity transactions,¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'pro-active and commercial team'¬†is instructed on the tax aspects of real estate and credit transactions, as well as restructuring and fund formation. The department is led by¬†Jonathan Kandel¬†who, alongside¬†Ian Ferreira,¬†advised Global Logistics Properties on the multi-jurisdictional tax aspects of its successful¬†‚ā¨2.8bn bid for Gazeley from Brookfield Asset Management. Kandel and Frixos Hatjantonas¬†acted as fund structuring counsel for Orion Capital Managers in connection with the fundraising and formation of the ‚ā¨1.5bn Orion Eurpean Real Estate Fund V. In another highlight,¬†Dulcie Daly¬†advised Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven on the¬†‚ā¨5.4bn successful takeover offer for Stada. The groups was greatly boosted by the arrival of¬†Alan Walker¬†from¬†Linklaters LLP¬†in 2018.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The 'outstanding'¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†provides ‚Äėknowledgeable and thoughtful advice‚Äô. Team head¬†Paula Riedel¬†‚Äėhas a very calm and pragmatic approach that makes you feel that the issue is well under control‚Äô. Riedel and¬†Sally Southwell¬†advised¬†Solera Holdings on its acquisition of Autodata and necessary negotiations with the CMA.¬†Sarah Jordan¬†acted for Creat Group on the antitrust elements of its ‚ā¨940m public takeover of Biotest, constituting one of the largest investments by a Chinese investor in the Western health sector. The team expanded with the hire of¬†Mark Gardner¬†in 2018 from¬†Arnold & Porter.

Leading individuals

Paula Riedel - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sally Southwell - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Led by the 'superb' Lisa Cawley and strengthened by numerous lateral hires including Sarah Thompson  and Romin Dabir from Linklaters LLP and Macfarlanes LLP,  Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 's five-partner team now has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of matters on behalf of the firm's stellar roster of funds clients including Warburg Pincus, Bain Capital, TDR Capital and Rhone Capital. It is the 'very personable' Cawley, however, that remains the star of the show with clients praising her for her 'knowledge of relevant industry issues' as well as her 'technical knowledge and awareness of regulator appetite, with a desire and ability to apply those skills to finding pragmatic and commercial solutions for each client'. Instructed by clients to advise on the  regulatory aspects associated with new fundraisings, investments made in the financial services sector and ongoing compliance work; Cawley recently acted for GTCR on the regulatory, AIFMD and structuring matters relating to the formation and fundraising of GTCR Fund XII (its largest ever fund). The 'very strong' Adam Skinner and Prem Mohan are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Lisa Cawley - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's team has an outstanding track record of handling multi-jurisdictional big-ticket private equity transactions. Its client list includes many of the very largest US and European sponsors, including Apax Partners, Blackstone, Centerbridge, CVC, TPG and Vitruvian Partners. The group's bench strength and 'combination of practical experience and deep expertise' makes it a natural choice for complex deals involving multiple counterparties. In a high-profile move, the firm recently hired David Higgins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Other notable partners in the team include Matthew Elliott and Celyn Evans, who acted for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation in the circa $1.3bn sale of its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity. Also recommended are Rory Mullarkey, James Learner and Andrej Wolf, all of whom advised Apax Partners on its acquisition of luxury fashion brand Matchesfashion.com. Another highlight saw Stuart Boyd, Michael Steele, Mark Thompson and others assist Global Logistics Properties with its successful bid to acquire European logistics business Gazeley from Brookfield Asset Management for $2.8bn. The heavyweight team also includes Roger Johnson, David Arnold, Gavin Gordon, David Holdsworth and Aprajita Dhundia.

Leading individuals

David Higgins - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Gavin Gordon - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stuart Boyd - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'practice is dedicated, responsive, effective and knowledgeable'. The litigation team regularly represents multinational corporations and private equity funds in English High Court litigation in high-value, complex claims and bet-the-company litigation. In a case of wide interest to investors in financial institutions across Europe, it acted for a substantial group of shareholders, who lost hundreds of millions of Euros as a result of a 2017 decision made by  the Single Resolution Board, which effectively wrote down the investments of shareholders and certain classes of bondholders to zero. Team head Chris Colbridge is 'an impressive tactician and strategist'; Rajinder Bassi 'gets the job done effectively with a no-nonsense approach'; Chiraag Shah is 'sharp, organised and committed'; and the 'exceptionally bright' Richard Boynton is 'an absolutely outstanding partner and tactician'. Philipp Kurek and Jonathan Newman were made partners.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'renowned and leading international arbitration practice is responsive, good at formulating tactics and thinking ahead'. The team represents clients across the globe in arbitrations, including both ad hoc and institutional proceedings; it recently experienced new instructions emanating from the Asian market and in new areas such as telecoms, infrastructure projects, shipping and pharmaceuticals. The practice also frequently advises on complex public international law questions. London international arbitration practice head Christopher Colbridge is 'an impressive tactician and strategist, who is highly dedicated and able to assemble the right team for the right assignment'; Chiraag Shah is 'sharp, highly organised and highly committed'; and Rajinder Bassi is 'grounded, determined and gets the job done effectively'. Richard Boynton is also widely praised.

Leading individuals

Chris Colbridge - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rajinder Bassi - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Benefiting from 'unparalleled bench strength and market know-how from a sponsor perspective', Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides an 'exceptional level of service, market knowledge and acumen', and is able to 'really push the envelope for borrower clients' gaining very favourable terms for them on many of the most significant deals in the market. 'At the cutting edge of the market and constantly pushing for new technology in the documents', the team is able to handle sophisticated deals across the spectrum of financial products including senior, unitranche, term loan B (TLB) and high-yield debt financing. 'Excellent' team head Stephen Lucas has vast experience in the market enabling him to provide deep insight for sponsor clients on market trends. Lucas recently advised Partners Group on the financing aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in French clinical pathology lab operator Cerba HealthCare from PAI Partners. The 'uniquely talented' Neel Sachdev has 'an amazing knowledge of the market and stands head and shoulders above most other lawyers at the grid stages and dealing with the banks'. Sachdev handles big-ticket and mid-market mandates for a range of sponsors including Bain Capital and Apax Partners, the latter with which he recently advised on the financing to facilitate its acquisition of a majority stake in UK-based luxury fashion brand MATCHESFASHION.COM. The 'excellent' Christopher Shield handles a raft of work for Advent International including advising it and its portfolio company Oberthur Technologies on the financing for the acquisition, with Bpifrance, of identity and security product maker Safran I&S and the refinancing of Oberthur Technologies existing financing. Michael Steele is also recommended. Other clients include Lone Star, TDR Capital and Apax Partners.

Leading individuals

Neel Sachdev - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Stephen Lucas - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Shield - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Recently strengthened by the arrivals of¬†Sean Lacey¬†and¬†James Watson from¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†and¬†Stephenson Harwood, respectively,¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†'s five-partner team now 'has incredibly deep bench strength', enabling it to effortlessly handle a huge volume of cross-border mandates on both the debtor and creditor side. Praised for its ability to 'think ahead of the curve' and 'benefiting from an unparalleled market knowledge in Europe', it 'continues to amaze the market with its ability to get hired on the best deals and then to execute them implementing very clever solutions'. 'Unparalleled in terms of restructuring strategy',¬†Kon Asimacopoulos¬†co-heads the team alongside¬†Partha Kar, who is 'able to drive deals forward with excellence'. Both partners are regularly involved in the most significant mandates handled by the team including its work for Algeco Scotsman on its negotiation with lenders about its capital structure and for the coordinating committee of first lien lenders of¬†Jack Wolfskin¬†on the financial restructuring of the outdoor brand‚Äôs ‚ā¨365m debt. Appreciated 'for her ability to think outside the box',¬†the 'technically excellent and client-oriented'¬†Elaine Nolan¬†'can deliver on complex cross-border situations'. Nolan recently acted for the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to Monarch Airlines' administration and alongside Asimacopoulos and Lacey, represented Toys ‚ÄúR‚ÄĚ Us on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the US and incurrence of $3.12bn in debtor in possession financing, as well as in relation to a company voluntary arrangement in the UK. Other notable mandates for the team include its representation of Croatian retailer Agrokor on its high-profile ‚ā¨6bn restructuring, as well as its work for three committees of senior lenders to French geophysical services company CGG on its ¬£2.3bn restructuring.

Leading individuals

Kon Asimacopoulos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Partha Kar - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elaine Nolan - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†delivers 'an exceptional level of service; it has unparalleled bench strength and market know-how on the sponsor side'. The firm has one of the largest high yield practices in Europe, which focuses purely on¬†US high yield bonds and liability management transactions. It completed 19 high yield offerings in 2017 as primary issuer counsel, and acts for a broad range of financial sponsors and their issuer portfolio companies, as evidenced by its work for¬†Bain Capital, Cinven and Nidda BondCo in¬†the offering of ‚ā¨735m¬†in senior secured notes and ‚ā¨340m in senior notes to refinance a bridge facility used in the takeover offer for STADA Arzneimittel.¬†Matthew Merkle¬†handled that deal. Head of the London capital markets William Burke¬†is¬†'uniquely talented and has no other peer in Europe'. His highlights included acting for¬†Ardian, Goldentree and portfolio company Maxeda DIY in a ‚ā¨475m notes offering.¬†'Outstanding lawyer'¬†Cedric Van den Borren¬†'always finds solutions to complex issues'. He assisted¬†Partners Group AG and PSP Investments with high yield issuance as part of a ‚ā¨1.15bn financing for the acquisition of¬†Cerba HealthCare.¬†Rising star¬†Tim Volkheimer¬†and the¬†'client-focused and solution-oriented'¬†Gilles Teerlinck¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Merkle - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

William Burke - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tim Volkheimer - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's¬†'prompt, knowledgeable¬†and solution-driven' team handles a range of work, including heavyweight buyout, debt and infrastructure funds. Practice head Richard Watkins¬†and newly promoted partner Aranpreet Randhawa¬† advised AMP Capital on forming AMP Capital Infrastructure Debt III, which raised a total of $2.5bn. The team was strengthened by the recruitment of credit fund specialist¬†Anand Damodaran¬†(who has 'an excellent understanding of the subject matter and ability to crystallise lawyer language into simpler terms') and James Board; they advised CVC Credit Partners, a new client win for the firm, on numerous projects. Jonathan Tadd, who returned to the firm's London office from Hong Kong, advised BGH Capital, a new Australian manager founded by former leading lights at TPG and Macquarie, on forming its $2bn debut fund. Christopher Braunack¬†advised Resolution Capital on forming Resolution Re Investors, which raised $3bn to invest in insurance assets; he and Jeremy Leggate¬†(another new partner) advised IK Investment Partners on forming IK Small Cap II, a ‚ā¨550m fund.¬† In 2017 Theodore Cardos¬†deployed his secondaries expertise for Landmark Partners, and continues to advise Nordic Capital on a restructuring of its Nordic Capital Fund VII. Other clients include Vitruvian Partners, which Watkins and Amala Ejikeme¬†advised on forming Vitruvian Investment Partnership III, and Ares Management.

Leading individuals

Richard Watkins - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Amala Ejikeme - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Theodore Cardos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Michael Steele¬†and¬†Jonathan Birks, who joined from¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†in March 2017, head the practice at¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, which 'provides the highest level of service¬†from partners down to juniors', delivering 'timely and position-specific advice'. The team focuses on representing market-leading borrower and sponsor clients, including Blackstone, Brookfield, GIC, PIMCO, Ares Management and Global Logistics Properties (GLP), and regularly handles complex pan-European transactions. Highlights included Steele ('a¬†great combination of practical experience, deep expertise, and the ability to reach a successful conclusion to transactions') acting for GLP on its¬†$2.8bn acquisition of logistics business Gazeley; the 'outstanding', 'creative' and 'hard-working' Birks advising Brookfield on its ¬£430m acquisition and financing of serviced apartment company SACO; and¬†Richard Semple, who joined as a partner from¬†Vinson & Elkins RLLP¬†in May 2017, assisting Bain Capital with the acquisition of a Spanish real estate portfolio from Liberbank, and the financing of that acquisition, for¬†‚ā¨602m.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The ‚Äėhighly professional and very efficient‚Äô practice at¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†has ‚Äėa strong reputation and well-documented case history and is ably supported by smart and committed teams in the UK and US'. It acts for corporations facing prosecutions from regulatory agencies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), HMRC and Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). The firm advises on various corporate crime issues such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, and fraud. Satnam Tumani¬†co-heads the team, he is ‚Äėpersonable with a strong work ethic and unparalleled experience as a senior prosecutor who possesses a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience‚Äô. Marcus Thompson¬†joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†and now co-heads the team. Andrew Butel¬†was promoted to partner, he has ‚Äėan impressive ability to review, analyse and assimilate vast quantities of data‚Äô. Sarah Klein¬†is ‚Äėarticulate, personable and pragmatic with a keen eye for detail‚Äô. Michael Casey¬†joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Leading individuals

Satnam Tumani  - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Leading individuals

Nicola Dagg - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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