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Dr Benjamin Leyendecker

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Corporate / Capital Markets


Ben Leyendecker is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. He focuses on M&A and private equity transactions and has wide ranging experience in sponsored and strategic taking private transactions and corporate reorganizations. Furthermore, he advises his clients on ongoing corporate matters.


Admitted as Attorney-at-law in New York, USA, 2008; admitted in Germany 2009; Hengeler Mueller, Munich and Düsseldorf, Germany, associate 2010-2016; Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, Munich, Germany, partner 2016 to present.


German, English


University of Konstanz, Germany (First State Examination 2004); New York University, School of Law, USA (LL.M. 2006); Heidelberg University, Germany (Dr. jur. 2008); Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, Germany (Second State Examination 2009); University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (1st Certificate EMBA 2015).

Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

Within: M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is particularly known for private equity transactions. The team’s strong integration with the firm’s international offices ensures a constant flow of instructions. For example, it worked with the London office in advising vehicle component manufacturer Accuride on the takeover of Mefro Wheels. Jörg Kirchner, Benjamin Leyendecker and Volkmar Bruckner are recommended.

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Germany: Private equity


Within: Transactions

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s private equity practice is based in Munich and focuses on advising sponsors, an area that relies on the close cooperation with colleagues from the restructuring, finance, tax and capital markets practices. Attila Oldag, who joined the team in summer 2017 from Gütt Olk Feldhaus, and Benjamin Leyendecker assisted Oakley Capital Private Equity III with the acquisition of Career Partner Group from Apollo Education Group; while Volkmar Bruckner advised Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of a stake in NL-Holding. In other work, Bernhard Guthy and practice head Jörg Kirchner acted for Silverfleet Capital on the sale of the Competence Call Centre Group (CCC) to French mid-cap private equity investor Ardian. Bain Capital, Bregal Unternehmerkapital and Vestigo Capital are also part of the client base. Finance expert Christine Kaniak joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a salary partner in July 2018.

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