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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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Web:
www.kirkland.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜excellent practice’ saw considerable change in 2015 and 2016: former Weil, Gotshal & Manges tax head Jonathan Kandel joined in August 2015 alongside Ian Ferreira and Frixos Hatjantonas, and Timothy Lowe joined in February 2016 from Linklaters LLP. These hires add to the already deep expertise of the team, which includes Ian Taplin and the β€˜knowledgeable and practical’ Jane Scobie. They handle private equity, real estate and investment fund related tax matters. Molson Coors Brewing and BNP Paribas are also clients. 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 β€˜pragmatic’ team was augmented by the recruitment of the widely recommended Paula Riedel, who joined from Linklaters LLP in August 2015. The β€˜responsive, commercial and technically strong’ Sarah Jordan acted for Montagu Private Equity in a CMA investigation of the Β£170m sale of CliniSys Group to Roper UK; the transaction was cleared in December 2015. Recent client wins include Accenture, CapVest and Teva Pharmaceuticals, which is one of Shaun Goodman’s clients.

Leading individuals

Paula Riedel - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

At Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, team head Lisa Cawley is praised for her ability to β€˜cut through the quagmire of legislation and extract the relevant points’. She has β€˜superb industry knowledge’ of UK and EU regulations affecting the private equity space and β€˜displays a good balance of technical exactitude and commercial pragmatism’.

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Investment funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Richard Watkins leads Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s team, whose outstanding reputation in high-end flagship fundraising mandates makes it a go-to option for clients such as Vitruvian, TDR, RhΓ΄ne Capital and Archer Capital. The group also advises on secondaries transactions. Jonathan Kandel and Justin Gardner joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Linklaters LLP, respectively, while Leith Moghli made partner and Paul Watt relocated from New York to the London office. In other developments, Mark Mifsud, Kate Downey and Alexandra Conroy joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP. Mateja Maher joined Campbell Lutyens.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, Β£250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, Β£250m+ - ranked: tier 7

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP lost Sava Savov, Fatema Orjela, and private equity specialists Erik Dahl and Christian Iwasko to Sidley Austin LLP in March 2016, but hired Stuart Boyd from Linklaters LLP in June 2016. Gavin Gordon and Valerie Goldstein acted for TPG Growth on its buyout of Frank Recruitment Group. Carl Bradshaw and Aprajita Dhundia made partner in October 2015.

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

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has an outstanding reputation in the private equity arena, advising some of the most prominent investment managers – Summit Partners, Apax and EQT – on their most complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. David Eich and Justin Hutchinson advised Bain Capital on its circa $1.3bn sale of FCI Asia to Amphenol. Gavin Gordon acted for Vista Equity Partners in the Β£725m acquisition of Advanced Computer Software Group. David Arnold is β€˜very clear about where the market is’. The firm hired a number of individuals from Linklaters LLP, including: Roger Johnson, Matthew Elliott, David Holdsworth and Tim Lowe. James Learner re-joined the firm from HGGC, while Christian Iwasko and Sava Savov moved to Sidley Austin LLP.

Leading individuals

Gavin Gordon - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption) - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜nascent’ team is headed by Satnam Tumani and has particular expertise in internal investigations as well as sanctions advisory work. Chris Colbridge and Harkiran Hothi are recommended, as is Neema Dowson-Collins, who recently made partner.

Leading individuals

Satnam Tumani - 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 has a successful track record acting in high-profile matters before the English Courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Chris Colbridge, Chiraag Shah and Rajinder Bassi are recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is experienced in M&A disputes, breach of contract claims, insurance coverage matters, and securities and shareholder litigation. Key individuals include the β€˜superb’ Chris Colbridge, β€˜dedicated’ Chiraag Shah, and β€˜effective’ Rajinder Bassi.

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

Although Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has experienced some turnover in the last 18 months – including the notable departures of Philip Crump to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and high yield expert Ward McKimm to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP – the practice still benefits from a β€˜deep bench’ of practitioners who are β€˜well-versed’ on bank and bond financings, as well as US Term Loan B. The β€˜experienced and highly creative’ Neel Sachdev and Christopher Shield advised Bain Capital on the €485m financing of its acquisition of the Wittur Group. β€˜Highly knowledgeable and charismatic’ team head Stephen Lucas advised Pamplona Capital on the €315m financing of its acquisition of Partner in Pet Food from Advent International. John Markland* and Michael Steele, who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, are also recommended. *Since publication, John Markland has joined Dechert LLP.

Leading individuals

Neel Sachdev - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Stephen Lucas - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The β€˜responsive and proactive’ team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides β€˜commercial advice’ to a private equity and funds client base including Oaktree Capital, Centerbridge Partners and KKR Credit. The β€˜commercial’ and β€˜effective’ Kon Asimacopoulos advised Centerbridge Partners as majority lender on the debt-for-equity restructuring of Apcoa Car Parks. Asimacopoulos also acted alongside the β€˜superb’ Partha Kar for KKR portfolio company Northgate Information Solutions on its global, multi-jurisdictional restructuring, which involved a debt-for-equity swap and the transfer of ownership to existing mezzanine lenders Goldman Sachs and Park Square. Elaine Nolan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Kon Asimacopoulos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Partha Kar - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜impressive, smart and hardworking team’ includes William Burke and β€˜absolute star’ Matthew Merkle, who are β€˜experienced and highly creative’ practitioners. Merkle advised a consortium including Bain Capital on €1.1bn in PIK notes as part of its acquisition of ICBPI. Cedric Van den Borren is also recommended.

Leading individuals

William Burke - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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