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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, Matthew Merkle, London, ENGLAND

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Matthew Merkle

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Capital markets


Capital Markets Partner. Matthew has represented private equity sponsors, issuers and investment banks in high yield bond offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts, refinancings, restructurings and other complex financings in Europe, the United States and emerging markets.


2013 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 2012-2013 Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.; 2008-2012 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.


Harvard Law School (JD, 2008); Vanderbilt University (BA, 2003)

London: Finance

High yield

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Merkle - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Within: High yield

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.

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