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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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Fax 020 7469 2001
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www.kirkland.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP fields a sizeable UK tax team with specialisms in private equity, real estate and credit transactions. Additionally, the group has experience in the tax aspects of financial restructuring and fund formation, and practice head Jonathan Kandel recently acted for IK Investment Partners in relation to the final close of its eighth mid-cap fund, IK VIII Fund, which claims capital commitments of €1.85bn. In the real estate and M&A space, Kandel advised GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, in relation to its €2.4bn acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks. Ian Ferreira, Frixos Hatjantonas and Dulcie Daly are also recommended. The tax department followed substantial growth in 2015 with the recruitment, in 2016, of Timothy Lowe from Linklaters LLP, while, also in 2016, Oliver Currall left for Sidley Austin LLP.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s clients include Sun Capital Partners, Vista Private Equity, Danaher Corporation and Tenneco. Practice head Paula Riedel successfully represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in the CMA’s investigation into alleged ‘pay for delay’ settlement agreements involving the Teva-controlled company IVAX, and advised Accenture on its sale of Navitaire to Amadeus. Sally Southwell and Sarah Jordan advised Sithe Global, a Blackstone portfolio company, on merger control notifications in the Philippines in relation to the sale of its electricity generation assets to Aboitiz Power, securing unconditional clearance by the Philippines Competition Commission. The team is also advising Bain Capital in relation to its sale of German portfolio company FTE Automotive to Valeo. Southwell joined in 2016 from Linklaters LLP. Shaun Goodman has left the profession.

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 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Able to leverage the firm’s market-leading roster of funds clients (particularly those in the private equity sector), Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s two-partner team provides an ‘invaluable’ service on the regulatory aspects associated with new fundraisings, investments made in the financial services sector and ongoing compliance work. ‘Very responsive and pragmatic’ team head Lisa Cawleystrikes a perfect balance between technical knowledge and accuracy, as well as market awareness and commercialism’. Cawley recently advised Summit Partners on the regulatory, AIFMD and structuring matters relating to the fund raising of Summit Partners Growth Equity Fund IX, Summit Partners Venture Capital Fund IV and Summit Partners Europe Growth Equity Fund II. Other key members of the team include recently promoted partner Prem Mohan and ‘very commercial’ associate Adam Skinner. Clients include Starwood Capital, Lion Capital and Warburg Pincus.

Leading individuals

Lisa Cawley - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Large-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Private equity transactions are a mainstay of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s London office, where the team executes particularly complex multi-jurisdictional deals, predominantly for US and Europe-based sponsors. Illustrative of the firm’s outstanding reputation in this space, it acts for global powerhouses such as Blackstone, KKR, TPG and Oaktree Capital Management. It also secured work from a number of new clients recently, including Brookfield, Charterhouse and EQT. In 2016, Rory Mullarkey and Justin Hutchinson acted for Bain Capital on its £820m sale of Bio Products to Creat Group Corporation. Matthew Elliott acted alongside Celyn Evans and Carlos Gil Rivas for sovereign wealth fund GIC on its €2.4bn acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks. Evans joined from Linklaters LLP, along with David Holdsworth and Stuart Boyd. Other recommended individuals include Roger Johnson, Joel Arnell and Andreas Philipson, who advised EQT VI on the sale of Automic Holding to CA Technologies. Gavin Gordon and recently promoted partner Justin Hutchinson are other names to note. Christopher Field joined Dechert LLP.

Leading individuals

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 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP hired Richard Boynton, who is ‘exceptionally clever and his capacity for intense hard work is quite extraordinary’, from Clifford Chance LLP. The practice’s commercial disputes expertise includes M&A disputes; breach of contract claims; insurance coverage; and securities and shareholder litigation. Chris Colbridge has particular experience in conducting white-collar crime investigations on a global basis; Rajinder Bassi is ‘a superb tactician and tough negotiator’; and Chiraag Shah is ‘technically excellent’.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLPhas a stellar practice, and its extremely strong team of individuals provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point’. The practice experienced new instructions from the Asian market and in new disciplines, such as telecoms, infrastructure projects, shipping, and pharmaceuticals; and the team frequently advises on complex PIL matters. It represented Agility Logistics, one of the largest Kuwaiti companies, in a major arbitration against Pakistan, which related to the expropriation of an investment and claims of unfair treatment and damages. Chris Colbridge is ‘an absolutely superb tactician, who has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each case’; Chiraag Shah is ‘dedicated to his cases, totally unflappable, and exudes confidence’; and Richard Boynton is ‘truly outstanding and stays on top of every aspect of a dispute’. Rajinder Bassi is highly rated.

Leading individuals

Rajinder Bassi - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The ‘tenacious and diligent’ team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides an ‘exceptional service’ to a first-rate roster of private equity sponsor clients, including Lion Capital, Bain Capital and KKR. It has an extensive track record of handling sophisticated deals across the spectrum of financial products including senior, unitranche and high-yield debt financing. Praised for its ‘value-add in tactics when it comes to negotiating’, the team is also supported by a pre-eminent commercial lending offering in the US and is thereby well-placed to handle matters implementing US finance products including Term Loan B, as well as being at the forefront of the export of these US terms to the European market. ‘Tenacious and diligent’ team head Stephen Lucas (who is an ‘intellectual powerhouse’) recently advised new client Charterhouse Capital Partners on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Optima, an Italian ice cream ingredients manufacturer, from Nocciola. Neel Sachdev is regarded as ‘one of the best in the field’ and is praised for his ‘excellent read of the market’. Sachdev recently acted for Lone Star on the financing of its secondary market acquisition of the Xella Group, and worked alongside the ‘experienced and creativeChristopher Shield on the financing aspects of Bain Capital’s sale of Brakes to Sysco. Michael Steele is also recommended.

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 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Leveraging its impressive roster of fund clients including KKR, Oaktree Capital, Blackstone/GSO and Centerbridge Partners, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s London based restructuring group ‘is very visible’ in the majority of the highest-profile restructurings in the market, either as debtors counsel for a private equity portfolio company or for a fund as an investor in a distressed scenario. The ‘superbPartha Kar and Kon Asimacopoulos jointly lead the group and are often at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the team including its recent work for Bain Capital portfolio company, Edcon Holdings, on its complex balance sheet restructuring (which involved consideration of New York law governed bonds, South African governed bank debt and an English law intercreditor). Kar and Asimacopoulos are also representing the co-ordinating committee of the first lien lenders of Jack Wolfskin on the financial restructuring of its €365m debt, as well as acting for Algeco Scotsman in its negotiations with lenders regarding its capital structure. Elaine Nolan is also recommended and advised The Harkland Group, an oil services company owned by Oaktree Capital, on it $350m restructuring. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival in September 2017 of Sean Lacey from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Leading individuals

Kon Asimacopoulos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Partha Kar - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLPprovides absolutely first-rate service with intensity, client attention, thoroughness and added value in tactics when it comes to negotiating’. The firm has one of the most prominent issuer-side practices in Europe and acts for a broad range of sponsor clients. Head of the London capital markets practice William Burkehas phenomenal knowhow in high yield and is über-dedicated to his clients’. Clients also recommend Cedric Van den Borren, who focuses heavily on the French market, ‘superstarMatthew Merkle who handles leveraged buyouts and high yield bond refinancings for leading private equity firms, and newly promoted partner Tim Volkheimer. Highlights included advising Carlyle Group and Mydentist on the issuance of £425m in senior secured notes and the private placement of £130m second lien notes for the purposes of refinancing existing debt; acting for Bain Capital and portfolio company Autodis a €520m offering of senior secured notes; and advising Partners Group on the financing of its acquisition of Cerba Healthcare.

Leading individuals

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 advises a range of leading fund sponsors on multi-billion funds targeting investments in assets such as infrastructure, buyouts and natural resources. Richard Watkins, who heads the team, advised AMP Capital on forming a $2.4bn infrastructure fund, and TDR Capital on its €800m TDR Capital Annex Fund. Christopher Braunack advised Australian manager EMR Capital on an $860m fund seeking to invest in mines. Theodore Cardos, who acted for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on a number of secondary market transactions, and Amala Ejikeme were elected to the partnership, while Thomas Laverty joined as a partner from Macquarie’s in-house team. The firm also acts for Archer Capital, Vitruvian Partners and Rhône Capital. In August 2017, Anand Damodaran – who is described as is ‘extremely knowledgeable in all areas of funds and provides easy-to-understand responses – joined from Ropes & Gray LLP .

Next generation lawyers

Amala Ejikeme - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Theodore Cardos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s ‘experienced team of able lawyers’ has ‘excellent UK strengths with strong international links’, and is noted for its expertise in criminal defence cases spanning the US and China. Key names include corporate crime specialist Satnam Tumani, whose ‘enormous experience coupled with his care, attention to detail, courtesy and common sense make him an outstanding practitioner’; Chris Colbridge, who heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration group; and Harkiran Hothi, who regularly advises clients on anti-bribery compliance. Innospec is a key client.

Leading individuals

Satnam Tumani - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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