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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Work 020 7469 2000
Fax 020 7469 2001


United Kingdom

For more than 100 years, major national and international clients have called upon Kirkland & Ellis to handle complicated corporate, restructuring, tax, intellectual property, litigation and counselling matters. Today, approximately 1,900 lawyers in 13 international offices are dedicated to providing the highest quality service to clients around the world.

The firm: The London office, with approximately 175 lawyers focusing on private equity, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, debt finance, capital markets, international arbitration and litigation, competition, regulatory, tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters, has been serving global clients since 1995.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate: Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions important to businesses in today’s global marketplace. Because of the firm’s consistently high volume of complex engagements, it has developed an aptitude for developing creative and constructive solutions. Kirkland also synthesises speciality areas needed to support a top-tier transactional practice.

Private equity: Kirkland has one of the most active and highly regarded private equity practices. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience formulating innovative strategies for structuring acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, negotiated and unsolicited acquisitions, going-private transactions, stock-for-stock acquisitions, spin-off transactions and acquisitions of minority interests.

Debt finance: Kirkland services both borrowers and lenders in a variety of financing transactions across the entire capital structure, including senior, subordinated, mezzanine and bridge financing transactions, and high-yield offerings. Kirkland has unsurpassed experience in structuring and negotiating the various layers of senior and subordinated debt and equity financing in connection with leveraged acquisitions. The group also handles DIP financings, exit financings and debt restructurings.

Capital markets: Kirkland represents issuers, sponsors and underwriters in a variety of international securities transactions, particularly on offerings of high-yield and other complex debt securities.

Investment funds: Kirkland provides sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland serves its clients in connection with the formation, organisation and operation of buyout, growth-equity, venture, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, mezzanine, private equity, hedge funds, and their respective management companies.

Tax: Kirkland has a strong international reputation for providing sophisticated tax counselling and effectively representing clients in tax disputes. Kirkland’s tax practice consists of two areas: tax planning in connection with M&A, buyouts, fund formation, restructurings, financing, executive compensation plans, and other sophisticated transactions; and contested tax matters.

Restructuring: Kirkland’s worldwide restructuring group navigates clients through the turmoil of situations involving financially troubled companies. The firm has earned a distinguished reputation by achieving positive results for a range of global clients in complex corporate restructuring, workout and bankruptcy planning, negotiation and litigation.

International litigation and arbitration: Kirkland represents multinational corporations, governments and government-owned entities in complex litigation and international arbitration cases worldwide. Kirkland is also recognised for conducting white-collar crime investigations on a global basis.

Antitrust and competition: Kirkland advises on all aspects of competition law, including merger control, market dominance, cartel investigations, sector inquiries and private enforcement; representing clients across a range of industries, including financial services, media, communications, energy and transport.

Intellectual property: Kirkland represents the world’s leading technology companies and brings its experience to all areas of IP, patent litigation, trademark, outsourcing, computer software, licensing, distribution, joint venture agreements, biotechnology, data protection, e-commerce issues, and competition law-related matters.

Financial services: Kirkland’s market-leading regulatory practice in London advises on a range of mandates including the establishment of new investment, banking and insurance business, FCA regulation and AIFMD.

Other offices: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington DC

Number of UK partners 67

Number of other UK fee-earners 108



Other officesBeijing
Hong Kong
Los Angeles
New York
Palo Alto
San Francisco
Washington DC

MemberBritish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
British Property Federation
European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
Insolvency Lawyers’ Association
London Court of International Arbitration
R3: The Association of Business Recovery Professionals

Number of lawyers 2,208

at this office 217

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