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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Work 020 7469 2000
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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, William Burke, London, ENGLAND

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William Burke

Work 020 7469 2395
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Capital Markets


William Burke is a partner in Kirkland’s London office and practices in Kirkland’s Capital Markets Group. Mr. Burke has extensive experience in U.S. and international finance and capital markets transactions. He has represented issuers and sponsors both in the U.S. and abroad with respect to high yield offerings, registered equity offerings, investment grade offerings, restructurings, debt tender/consent solicitations, private placements and preferred securities offerings. William also represents private equity sponsors and other clients in acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and material commercial agreements.


2004 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


New York; Illinois.


Columbia Law School (JD, 2002); University of Illinois (B.A. History, 1995)

London: Finance

High yield

Within: Leading individuals

William Burke - 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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