Kirkland & Ellis International LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
30 ST MARY AXE
LONDON
EC3A 8AF
England

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 1

City powerhouseKirkland & Ellis International LLP is variously praised by clients for its ‘deep market knowledge‘ and ‘high customer service’. It maintains a dominant position in the London market, acting for leading buyout names on multi-billion-pound acquisitions, exits, and take-privates. In recent months, the team has taken steps to concentrate its position further with the hire of infrastructure specialist Sara Pickersgill, who joined from Allen & Overy in January 2023. The large practice is jointly chaired by David Higgins, a key contact for many of the firm’s top clients, and Matthew Elliott, whose recent highlights include big-ticket acquisitions and divestments in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Adrian Maguire is regularly engaged on multi-billion-dollar transactions, most recently in the manufacturing and life sciences arenas, while the ‘vastly experiencedStuart Boyd is lauded for bringing ‘a real gravitas to the negotiating table.‘ Other names to note include Celyn Evans, whose sponsor-side practice is focused on the infrastructure and real asset sectors. David Holdsworth left to become general counsel at TDR Capital in January 2023, while Tom McCarthy left for a position at Triton Partners in October 2022. Rachel Wolfenden joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in December 2022. Partner Roger Johnson left the firm in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Higgins; Matthew Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Maguire; Stuart Boyd; Dan Clarke; Joe O’Brien; Celyn Evans

Testimonials

‘Good mix of legal and commercial advice, delivered with high customer service.’

Very responsive. Deep market knowledge. Good balance of technical and commercial skills.’

‘Stuart Boyd always displays high customer service and good thinking outside the box.’

‘K&E’s PE and corporate team is a City powerhouse. They take reasonable positions, guide their clients expertly away from danger, are relentless in their efforts to close deals, very pleasant to deal with. Very, very knowledgeable and, after having done many deals with them to date, I’ve yet to see them lose a debate with counsel for the other side. Remarkable.’

‘Stuart Boyd and Dan Clarke are two expert professionals. Dan is a relatively junior partner, but leads his deal teams smoothly and with humility. Nevertheless, he’s very knowledgeable and technically excellent.’

Stuart is expert in unlocking particularly intractable issues. He is vastly experienced and brings a real gravitas to the negotiating table alongside that experience and immense technical knowledge.

Joe O’Brien, an associate in their team, is one to watch. He has an excellent bedside manner and is developing a very impressive grip on technical matters. And he works wonderfully with both Dan and Stuart.’

‘Very responsive and willing to go the extra mile. Leave no stone unturned. Very pro-sponsor, and achieve strong terms.’

Key clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apax

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

Blackstone

Brookfield

Cinven

EQT

GIC

Hellman & Friedman

Montagu Private Equity

Starwood Capital Group

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

TDR Capital

TPG

Triton

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advising Accel-KKR and the Consortium on the £673 million take-private of Basware Corporation.
  • Advising EQT on the €6.8 billion acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia.
  • Advising Brookfield on the $4.7 billion sale of Student Roost to a joint venture between GIC and Greystar.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

Under the leadership of the ‘vastly experienced and talented’ Stephen Lucas,  Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has firmly positioned itself at the pinnacle of the leveraged finance market for an entirely sponsor-focused client base. Unencumbered by any banking ties, the team has been able to ‘push very aggressively’ on behalf of its borrower clients, enabling them to access pools of capital in spite of the periodic closures of the syndicated loan market. Christopher Shield is the lead relationship partner with a number of the largest and most active sponsors in the market, including Bain Capital and Advent, advising both on a raft of cross-border LBOs, as well as in relation to liability management issues. English and New York-law qualified partner Evgeny Zborovsky‘s broad practice covers both mid and large-ticket mandates, with his dual qualifications adding an enhanced level of versatility and a deeper understanding of the implementation of US terms in the European market. Other recommended partners include the ‘proactive and extremely professional’ Kirsteen Nicol, whose experience includes significant knowledge of syndicated and credit fund lending; Daniel Borg, whose cross-border expertise includes large take-private mandates, LBOs and bolt-on acquisitions; and James Boswell, for acquisition infrastructure finance matters. Neel Sachdev – one of the City’s most well-known leveraged finance partners – left to launch the English law practice at Paul Weiss in summer 2023 alongside partners including fellow banking specialist Kanesh Balasubramaniam.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lucas; Neel Sachdev

Testimonials

They push very aggressively on terms for their clients.’ 

Stephen Lucas is vastly experienced and talented.’ 

Kirsteen Nicol is proactive, independent and extremely professional.’

 

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apax Partners

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone Inc.

CapVest Partners

Cinven

CVC Capital Partners

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

Hg

Lone Star Funds (Hudson Advisors)

Partners Group

SK Capital

Summit Partners

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

Vitruvian Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Accel-KKR and its consortium partners on the financing for the Finnish take private of Basware Corporation by way of a voluntary recommended public cash tender offer. This deal was one of the first P2Ps in Finland to be funded with private debt.
  • Advised Thoma Bravo on the financing for the Norwegian take private of Mercell Holding by way of a voluntary cash offer. The financing comprised a Unitranche and Super Senior RCF. This deal is a further example of Kirkland’s acquisition finance expertise in the Nordic take private market and underscores our cross-border credentials.
  • Advised Groupe Bruxelles Lambert on the financing for the acquisition of Affidea. The financing comprised a TLB and RCF.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Acting on a standalone basis, as well as leveraging its market-leading private equity sponsor roster, the ‘highly responsive‘ team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides ‘very commercial advice’ to funds as creditors/investors, as well as on the debtor front. Co-headed by the vastly experienced Partha Kar and Kon Asimacopoulos, the team continues to shape the market, often deploying the use of novel/first-of-kind techniques to elicit the optimal results for clients in large-scale multi-jurisdictional matters. As well as drawing upon deep knowledge of UK/European restructuring tools (including as it relates to the newly enacted Restructuring Plan) the team has the flexibility to utilise US Chapter 11 protections. Indeed, the firm regularly works alongside practitioners in the US, including its recent high-profile work for leading regional aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital, helping it to successfully emerge from Chapter 11. Sean Lacey was involved in the aforementioned matter, although his primary forte remains on the creditor/investor-side, where he excels at handling financial restructurings, special situations investing and credit-led opportunities. Other key members of the team include retail restructuring guru Elaine Nolan and recently promoted partner Gabe Harley , who provides ‘high quality advice and service’ to debtors and creditors on cross-border restructurings and insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Kon Asimacopoulos; Partha Kar

Other key lawyers:

Sean Lacey; Elaine Nolan; Thomas Jemmett; Kate Stephenson; Hannah Crawford;  Ian Clarke; Gabe Harley; Sarah Ullathorne; Theon Chalklen

Testimonials

‘I find the team to be extremely diligent, experts in their profession, and in the market as a real force.’

‘Elaine Nolan is one of leading women in restructuring in the UK. Her market knowledge, client service mindset, and reputation are second to none.’

‘We greatly admire this firm’s commercial approach.’

‘Sarah Ullathorne advised us on our firm’s most important deal, which involved providing advice for over a year, much of this under extreme pressure. She did a fantastic job, which included saving our deal by redrafting a critical legal document out of hours, and for that we will be eternally grateful.’

‘Very commercial. Ability to translate technical detail into succinct commercial terms for non-legal/non-debt specialists. Highly responsive. Efficient in delivery of service, do not carry passengers.’

‘Gabe Harley – highly responsive. Very efficient and effective in focusing on key issues and delivery high quality advice and service.’

‘Theon Chalklen supported us throughout the restructure process, he was always diligent and thorough in his advice and guidance.’

‘Kon Asimacopoulos is a star among strong peers.’

Key clients

Noble Group

Smile Telecoms

Nordic Aviation Capital Designated Activity Company

The ad hoc group of financial creditors to Steinhoff Finance Holding GmbH and Steinhoff Europe AG

Ad hoc committee of creditors to China Fishery Group

Ad hoc committee of lenders to Celsa Group

Celsius Networks and its affiliates

Venator Materials PLC

Ad hoc group of holders of notes issued by Olympic Entertainment Group

Hilding Anders International AB

Ad hoc committee of first lien noteholders to Matalan Group

Ad hoc committee of lenders to Archer Limited

Ad hoc committee of noteholders of Löwen Play

HPS Investment Partners (UK) LLP

Ad hoc committee of bondholders of WiZink

Petroleum Geo-Services Group

Flint Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Irish aircraft lessor NAC and 116 affiliated companies in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • International counsel to the ad hoc committee of lenders on the restructuring of Celsa Group.
  • Acted for African internet and telecoms business, Smile Telecoms on its ground-breaking restructuring plan.

Finance > High yield Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is the leading player on the private equity sponsor side of the high yield market, counting Bain Capital among its clients, as well as acting for leading financial institutions such as Barclays Bank and HSBC, and large corporates including commodities trading group Noble. The firm consistently ranks among the top firms in the European high yield market by both value and deal volume, and the practice led by ‘consummate professional‘ William Burke is ‘state of the art in terms of financial sponsor representation, and simply the best as far as leveraged finance is concerned‘. Emerging partner talent Antoine Lebienvenu and Cedric Van den Borren are experienced in high-value debt securities work, with recent highlights including multi-million Euro senior notes offerings.'Matthew Merkle and up-and-coming partner Deirdre Jones assisted with bond issuances to finance the  €2.7bn financing of the acquisition of Fedrigoni by Fiber Bidco, a vehicle jointly owned by Bain Capital and BC Partners. Partners Morgan Hill and Tim Volkheimer also play pivotal roles in the practice.    

Practice head(s):

William (Bill) Burke

Testimonials

‘State of the art in terms of financial sponsor representation. Simply the best firm as far as leveraged finance is concerned. However, very aggressive with terms and negotiation – good for their clients.’

‘Trained at the best firms – deliver high standard of service – faultless. Only disadvantage is they are primarily sponsor side.’

‘Incredibly smart and competent at their craft while at the same time able to break down individual issues to define what really matters / is less relevant for a given business. They go the extra step of translating the legal side of a given document to practicalities of why it’s relevant for a business.’

‘Bill Burke continues to be a standout for me. Consummate professional, I know his client list is long but he somehow has the ability to give 100% focus and attention when we’re working together. Seemingly has the ability to be in 10 different places at once.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Belysse Group

Citigroup Global Markets

HSBC Bank

J.P. Morgan Securities

Lone Star

Foncia Management

Merrill Lynch International

Navacord Corp

Noble Group

STADA Arzneimittel AG

United Group B. V

Work highlights

  • Advised on financing in connection with the acquisition of Fedrigoni by Fiber Bidco, a vehicle jointly owned by Bain Capital and BC Partners and included a bond offering of:|€577,967,696 Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2027|€300,000,000 11% Senior Secured Notes due 2027.
  • Represented LSF XI Magpie Bidco BV/SRL, a company owned by private equity fund Lone Star, in connection with the debt financing for Lone Star’s acquisition of Manuchar NV.
  • Advised Emeria (f/k/a Foncia Management), a portfolio company of Partners Group, in connection with its offering of €400 million of 7.75% senior secured notes due 2028.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP continues to handle numerous high value fund closings, representing a vast array of private investment fund sponsors worldwide, alongside a booming secondaries practice. The team is led by Richard Watkins, who is recommended for his handling of complex private fund structuring and related transactional work, including multiple liquidity related transactions. Watkins is supported by a strong bench, including credit, real estate and private equity fund formation expert Anand Damodaran, the liquidity transactions focused Andrew Shore, and levered and unlevered parallel arrangement structures specialist Amala Ejikeme. Theodore Cardos is another central name in the team, offering expertise in synthetic and stapled secondary offerings as well as other transactional forms. Amy Fox, Aleksander Bakic and Catherine Gokah are all also integral team members who are noted for their expertise in the private funds space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Watkins

Other key lawyers:

Anand Damodaran; Christopher Braunack; Andrew Shore; Amala Ejikeme; Theodore Cardos; Aleksander Bakic; Amy Fox; Jeremy Leggate; John Messent; David Pritchett; Edward Prestwich; Catherine Gokah

Testimonials

‘Kirkland & Ellis have built an enviable practice with a huge bench of talent and lawyers who are smart, switched-on and very commercial. They understand the market and are on top of all the key issues and developments. As a client, you feel like you are getting clear and up-to-date advice from experts in their fields who understand the commercial expectations of a deal.’

‘Richard Watkins is extremely smart & commercial and understands complex issues very quickly. He provides clear & coherent advice and is a fantastic resource.’

‘Andy Shore is an exceptional lawyer. He is sharp, provides clear commercial advice and is always available. Very much a go-to partner, he is hands-on and is building a great reputation. John Messent is a pleasure to work with; he is always available and provides sensible and practical advice.’

‘The team has an unrivalled breadth of experience in the market. As private funds generally becomes more encompassing of different strategies and initiatives, this breadth is invaluable. In addition, given the number of sponsors KE act for, they have built up a fantastic market data resource.’

‘Individuals at KE are very hard working, and are focused on delivering client outcomes within tight timeframes.’

Key clients

BC Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Inflexion Private Equity

Nordic Capital

TDR Capital

FSN

GHO Capital

IK

Livingbridge

KLAR Partners

Pollen Street

Work highlights

  • Advised Inflexion Private Equity on the formation of Inflexion Buyout Fund VI, which recently held its final closing at its GBP2.5 bn hard cap.
  • Advising Basalt Infrastructure Partners, a leading infrastructure investor, on a complex infrastructure fundraise (Fund IV, targeting $4bn) playing to real assets strength and following the sale of its business to Colliers.
  • Advised Nordic Capital, a leading European private equity investor, on the USD 9 bn raising of Nordic Capital Fund XI 2022.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 1

The investment funds group at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, which continues to go from strength to strength, was bolstered in late 2022 by the arrival of Louisa Cobbe from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Paul Sampson from Allen & Overy LLP. In early 2023, the bench grew further with the arrival of Catherine Gokah from Ashurst. The team, which is led by Jonathan Tadd and new joiner Sampson, includes six partners dedicated to real estate funds work, and draws on the strength of its global network for support on cross-border matters. Key areas of focus include open-ended and closed-ended funds, continuation funds, co-investments and joint venture structures across all real estate asset classes. Tadd is experienced in domestic and international investment funds matters, while Sampson acts for top-tier clients on the structuring, formation and operation of real estate funds. Cobbe acts for both sponsors and investors on a range of funds matters, while Alan Skerritt, another key practitioner, handles fund formations and co-investments. Benjamin Harding is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tadd; Paul Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very innovative team with detailed market insights. Definitely one of the best teams within PE.’

‘Jonathan Tadd is very skilled and he has an amazing team of very capable advisers.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP made a significant impression in the City infrastructure market with the hire of Sara Pickersgill from Allen & Overy LLP and James Boswell and Toby Parkinson from Clifford Chance LLP at the start of 2023, a move which allows the firm to act for an ever-expanding portfolio of national and global clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The sponsor-focused team advises a number of private equity funds investing in this space, and its offering is further strengthened by the global firm's ESG practice. While still a developing practice, the team has been engaged in a number of premium M&A deals, fund formations, joint ventures and corporate restructurings, with strong expertise in utility, digital infrastructure, and energy transition mandates. Pickersgill is a leading M&A partner who regularly advises top-end sponsors on high profile mandates, while Boswell leverages more than 20 years' debt finance experience to advise sponsors and borrowers on financing a broad array of acquisitions, including multi-sourced platform financings, holdco financings and equity bridge loans. Parkinson is a highly-regarded M&A practitioner, with his industry experience working as a director at OMERS an extra selling point for clients. The firm also added James McGivern and Emma Shelston from Linklaters LLP and Allen & Overy LLP as partners in 2023, with the former largely focusing on debt finance and regulatory work, and the latter on M&A.

Practice head(s):

James Boswell; Toby Parkinson; Sara Pickersgill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The K&E team is newly established, but they have made great hires in Sara Pickersgill, Toby Parkinson and James Boswell. This gives them a leading practice which will stand up against any of the other firms in terms of client relationships and breadth of experience across M&A and financing.’

‘ Sara is highly experienced and led the infrastructure business at A&O. She is very commercial, on top of the detail, pragmatic, easy to work with and experienced across multiple sectors. Toby brings some in-house experience from OMERS so really understands the investor’s perspectives. He is hard working, in the detail, sharp and effective’

‘James Boswell is a market leading partner with huge experience across all sub-sectors. The wider team is also being built out to cover all relevant sectors’

‘Sara Pickersgill – incredibly bright, excellent personable skills, great communication and can stand up to anyone. Calm and a joy to work with – breath of fresh air. Like a thoroughbred race horse. James Boswell is very commercial, hands on and always make sure the legal process in deals runs smoothly’

‘Open and honest communication from James Boswell and his team. They have a pragmatic approach to problem solving and do not only stick to the legal technicalities around these transactions and agreements.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Macquarie Asset Management

EQT Infrastructure

KKR Infrastructure

Global Infrastructure Partners

Blackstone

GIC

Work highlights

  • Represented Antin Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of Wildstone, the leading owner of independent outdoor media infrastructure in the UK, from Digital Bridge Group.
  • Advised Macquarie Asset Management on the agreement to enter into a strategic partnership with NTT’s wholesale data centre facilities across Europe and North America.
  • Assisted EQT Infrastructure with the acquisition of Green Investment Group’s (“GIG”) ownership stake in; (i) Covanta Green UK Limited, (ii) Covanta Green Jersey Assets Limited and (iii) Covanta Green Protos Holding Limited, which in turn hold ownership stakes across four Waste-to-Energy facilities in the UK.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

‘Top-class’ Kirkland & Ellis International LLP maintains a strong IP offering, routinely handling high-stakes disputes, one notable example being the team’s representation of Pfizer and Regeneron in landmark judgments in the Supreme Court. The team of ‘ferocious litigators’ also has experience of handling SEP/FRAND related litigation. On the transactional side, the team is involved in M&A deals, as well as multiple asset deals and carve-out transactions. Nicola Dagg spearheads the IP litigation practice, she has a wealth of experience in managing biotech patent litigations, as well as an expertise in emerging SEP/FRAND related work. Daniel Lim is noted for his ability to handle complex multijurisdictional patent litigation, often involving blockbuster life sciences and medical devices related matters, while IP litigator Steven Baldwin is well-versed in the high-tech and life sciences sectors. ‘Strategic thinker’ Jin Ooi fields a strong IP litigation practice, with his expertise in the biotechnology space. Emma Flett leads the firm’s technology and IP transactions team with her capabilities that encompass the full gamut of IP-related work, but especially in regard to high-value M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Kirkland team is incredibly talented, hard-working and works well as a coherent unit to bring about the best results for clients.’

‘Nicola Dagg is the head of the IP team and is a force of nature. Amazing at bringing the work in she effectively manages her team to keep all the plates spinning.’

‘Jin Ooi has an extremely sharp eye for detail and a wonderful ability to connect points in a case. He is a deep and strategic thinker.’

‘Daniel Lim has a rare ability to cross-over from patent regulatory to patent litigation. He is highly recommended for his experience in pharmaceutical patent litigation.’

‘Steve Baldwin is a great lawyer who easily gets to grips with the most complex of telecoms litigation.’

‘Well resourced and capable team. There is real passion and dedication towards delivering a top-class service to clients.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis are pioneering litigators. They have a wealth of experience in the (legally and technically) most complex cases and are very much part of the cutting-edge litigation teams that are driving forward practice before the English courts. Their can-do attitude is second to none.’

‘K&E have enormous strength and enormous depth. Their reputation as ferocious litigators is well deserved, and their ability to create maximal pressure on opponents and to grasp strategic advantages when they arise is exceptional.’

Key clients

Intel

Lenovo & Motorola Mobility

Pfizer

Astellas

British American Tobacco

Alcon

Novartis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

TCL Corporation

Xiaomi

AutoStore

Samsung

Viatris

Meril Life Sciences

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Inc. (ASSIA)

Advanced Bionics / Sonova

Pharmathen

Thales

Work highlights

  • Representing Lenovo in a major worldwide SEP/FRAND licensing dispute between InterDigital and Lenovo / Motorola Mobility.
  • Advising and representing Astellas and Pfizer in relation to the protection of the blockbuster life-saving and -extending prostate cancer treatment Xtandi®, which generates multiple billion dollars (and growing) in sales every year.
  • Advising and representing Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, and Viatris (which now owns the LYRICA® portfolio) against the NHS in relation to the most complex follow-on damages inquiry ever to be heard before the Patents Court, raising novel issues of foreseeability, causation and mitigation.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP fields a team with a record of handling a broad range of challenging tax issues and transactions, including M&A, reorganisations, and contentious matters. Key names include Jonathan Kandel, whose practice covers tax issues relating to a diverse range of corporate transactions. Mavnick Nerwal specialises in public and private M&A transactions, while Ian Ferreira handles private and real estate fund structuring, and Frixos Hatjantonas covers a range of transactions and disputes. Alexander Cox, who joined from Ashurst in September 2022, has significant experience in tax aspects of investment and real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kandel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very commercial outlook with technical strength behind it too. With such extensive experience, they bring a heft that makes them an invaluable partner, not just an adviser.’

‘In my experience the Kirkland tax team lead the charts in the UK. They have a very experienced and professional team that are able to translate highly complex tax matters into practical advice.’

‘Mavnick Nerwal is very smart, technically outstanding and has a very broad experience across many investment asset classes. Good business sense and able to always keep focus on big ticket items and put tax risks in perspective. He is outstanding.’

‘One of the strongest tax teams in London. They have smart people with detailed knowledge of their sectors but with the agility to take on new areas.’

Key clients

17Capital

Altera Infrastructure

Allwyn

Blackstone

Brookfield

EQT

GLP Capital Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Partners Group

Polestar

Starwood Capital Group

TDR Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Structured the IPO and merger of Polestar with Gores, a transaction that has an enterprise value of USD20 billion, and which resulted in a cash injection of c. USD890 million for Polestar, which it will use to fund the expansion of its range of electric vehicles.
  • Advising Brookfield (one of the world’s largest investment management companies) on the reorganisation of and GBP 3.3 billion sale of the Student Roost accommodation group to a consortium led by GIC and Greystar.
  • Advised Partners Group (a leading global private markets firm) on the USD 1 billion acquisition of Forterro (a pan European software company).

Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 2

Benefiting from its international network and Europe-wide bench strength, the ‘reliable, straightforward and easy to work with’ team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is well-placed to advise on transactions at every stage of a fund’s life, with recent work involving subscription facilities, ESG-backed and NAV facilities and equity financing. Its client roster features European and US sponsors across a diverse range of asset classes including buyout, real estate, debt, technology, healthcare and secondaries funds. Leading the team is Susannah Amini, who provides ‘invaluable hands on support,’ and has established the use of innovative alternative debt capital for investment funds, using leverage finance technology. Parisa Clovis, who acts exclusively as sponsor-side counsel, specialises in complex NAVs and preferred equity financing, GP commitment, continuation fund financings and syndicated subscription facilities across various jurisdictions. Debt finance partner George Dyesmith joined the team from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Susannah Amini

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have good coverage across the US and Europe which means that this team is able to give a complete picture when providing advice or insight. The partners have excellent market insight across both the European and US landscape and have produced some high quality market papers which we have really appreciated. They have also made time to discuss the findings from these papers.’

‘The team is at the forefront of innovation and is reliable and dependable.’

‘They are reliable, straightforward and easy to work with. George Dyesmith in particular is an individual who can be commended for providing straightforward and practical advice in a range of scenarios.’

‘We have worked with the K&E team and Susannah in particular for a number of years. Susannah and the team provide invaluable hands on support, they are excellent in marrying the technical detail with a practical approach to ensuring the right commercial deal is achieved.’

‘Susannah and more recently the expanded team bring with them market leading knowledge and relevant precedent across the entire range of fund financing products. We have benefited immensely from their ability to execute complex transactions on or before deadlines which given current levels of liquidity in the market is no small feat.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

Basalt Infrastructure

EMR Capital

EQT

Ergon Capital

GHO Capital

GLP Capital Partners

Henderson Park

Hg Capital

Investindustrial

Lion Capital

L Catterton

Montagu Private Equity

Nordic Capital

Norvestor

PAI Partners

Starwood

Trilantic Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Norvestor, a Nordic private equity firm on a EUR270 million continuation fund financing with Investec Bank to finance the acquisition of assets into its continuation fund.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is ‘exceptionally good at breaking down complex transactions and particularly strong in their financing advice’, and is highly active for borrowers and private equity sponsors. Team lead Jonathan Birks is a well-known expert in debt finance and primarily acts on acquisition financing, restructuring and distressed investing. ‘Exceptional lawyer’ Kazik Michalski continues to work with TPG Real Estate on the financing of its “StartLiving” joint venture with Gatehouse Bank to construct up to several thousand suburban, purpose-built family rental homes throughout the UK. Private equity specialist Peter Chandler joined in September 2022 from Clifford Chance LLP, while Usman Khan left for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Birks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘K&E financing team are best in class. They are incredibly thoughtful and commercial and always get it done despite the difficulty of circumstances or counterparties.’

‘Jonny Birks and Kazik Michalski are outstanding lawyers. They are able to cut through all the less important issues to focus on what the threshold issues are and come up with solutions to complicated problems.’

‘The Kirkland and Ellis real estate financing team are world-class. Their knowledge of the market is exceptional and their ability to execute is second to none.’

‘Kazik is an exceptional lawyer, he knows the real estate finance markets better than anyone. Collectively we have worked with him on over 6billion of financing transactions across Europe’

‘Kirkland & Ellis are our most trusted law firm working with us on M&A, financing and fund structuring. They are exceptionally good at breaking down complex transactions and particularly strong in their financing advice. Their work ethic and commitment is as good as any, whilst always keeping a commercial approach.’

‘Kazik and Jonny do all of our financings across Europe. They expertly balance strong technical knowledge with commercial acumen.’

Key clients

LaSalle Investment Management

Brookfield

TPG Real Estate

GIC

GLP

Blackstone

Centerbridge Partners

Node

KKR

Eagle Street

Edyn Limited

Capital & Regional PLC

alstria Office REIT-AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Private Markets Private Limited, together with Greystar, on the financing aspects of its acquisition of the StudentRoost student accommodation platform.
  • Advised alstria on the EUR500 million mortgage financing of a portfolio of German office properties.
  • Represented Brookfield in the financing for its successful public-to-private acquisition of Irish-listed Hibernia REIT for c.EUR1.1 billion, one of the largest European real estate transactions of 2022. The target is a leading Dublin-focussed real estate office platform.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a strong track record handling high-profile corporate crime investigations by domestic enforcement authorities, including the SFO, FCA, OFSI, and HMRC. The team shows significant strength advising large private equity firms and their portfolio companies on complex anti-money laundering, fraud, and financial sanctions matters, regularly drawing on its offices abroad to deliver global solutions. Marcus Thompson co-heads the department, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in financial crime matters to the offering, while the other co-head Satnam Tumani specialises in compliance issues and complex bribery and corruption cases. Patrick Navein handles economic sanctions and money laundering elements, while both Andrew Butel and Shruti Chandhok focus on internal corporate investigations and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Thompson; Satnam Tumani

Testimonials

‘Satnam Tumani is undoubtedly the key individual in the team. He was an outstanding lawyer with the SFO rising to become Head of Bribery & Corruption and International Assistance, to which he has added further years of experience in private practice. His understanding of tactical and strategic issues is profound and his knowledge of legal issues broad and deep.’

‘The firm’s specialism in financial crime builds upon its multijurisdictional expertise. It has exceptional niche expertise in representing executives and corporates in  bribery and corruption cases in which there is linked litigation across jurisdictions.’

‘Those I have worked with are particularly adept at being able to speak to corporate executives in their own language and to be unfazed by the management of multijurisdictional cases involving the coordination with lawyers and executives in other jurisdictions and the management of multiple work streams. They make sure that they have covered all the bases and do not miss a point. In addition to their own expertise, they are adept at identifying areas in which they require specialist expertise and commissioning such work.’

‘The Kirkland team are outstanding at methodically working through complex internal investigations and ensuring that all relevant facts are identified. This is largely a result of their forensic attention to detail and ability to join a disparate array of facts to present the relevant narrative to the client (and regulator if required). The Kirkland team are tireless in making sure that there are no gaps in the methodology or lingering questions once the matter is concluded.’

‘Patrick Navein has outstanding attention to detail and is always able to find a practical solution to seemingly insurmountable problems. He is calm under pressure and is able to ensure that all moving parts in a complex investigation are joined up. Patrick is especially adept at using new technologies for maximum efficiency.’

‘Satnam Tumani brings a huge amount of experience and is able to use this experience to educate clients about the most effective way to resolve issues which arise during internal investigations.’

‘Andrew Butel is able to rapidly focus in on the key issues in a complex and wide-ranging investigation.’

 

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 3

‘Pragmatic, supremely knowledgeable, very commercial’, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s London practice boasts an esteemed team of highly regarded partners, renowned for its ability in handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional mergers. The team is regularly sought after for its expertise on transactions subject to varying levels of regulatory scrutiny, catering to blue-chip clients hailing from the natural resources, TMT and financial services sectors. Leading the team is the ‘first rate’ and ‘deeply respected’ Paula Riedel, lauded by both clients and peers for her extensive knowledge in high-value transactions; Riedel also regularly represents corporations before the European Commission and the CMA. Co-head Alasdair Balfour joins the team from Allen & Overy LLP. The dual-qualified (English and Belgian) Sally Evans has been instrumental in the growth of the firm’s UK FDI practice and excels in UK merger control proceedings. Michael Engel has left the practice to join White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paula Riedel; Alasdair Balfour

Other key lawyers:

Sally Evans; Matthew Sinclair-Thomson; Athina Van Melkebeke; Samantha Jones

Testimonials

‘They offer an excellent service in creating a well organised, efficient and project managed service for transactional clients in a highly technical area.’

‘Their use of data management and staffing (including paralegals) means you feel that you are getting an efficient and high value for money service, with appropriate input from senior lawyers where needed.’

‘One of the most diverse teams I have worked with, which is of key importance.’

‘Work very well in delivering under extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Paula Riedel and Sally Evans – both excellent and technically skilled partners who are always available when required, but also run a well managed team with trust in their associates. They offer a commercial approach and are very good at translating the more technical legal aspects of their work for non-legal people.’

‘Samantha Jones – up and coming associate, who really takes ownership of the client relationship and offers a quality level of service.’

‘A pragmatic, supremely knowledgeable, very commercial team with the very able Paula Riedel at its helm.’

‘Paula Riedel is absolutely first rate. A wonderful and deeply respected lawyer who’s judgement is trusted absolutely by my lawyers and business colleagues alike. A truly wonderful practitioner.’

Key clients

Gen Digital – formerly NortonLifeLock

Noble Corporation

Manchester United Football Club and Liverpool Football Club

Huntsman Corporation

Brookfield

Thoma Bravo

Vista Equity Partners

EQT Partners

Cobham Limited

Bain Capital

JPMorgan

Allwyn AG

Avaya

Recticel NV/SA

Korean Air

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead adviser for consumer cyber safety (CCS) company NortonLifeLock Inc. on its transformative takeover of Avast plc.
  • Represented Noble Corporation as lead antitrust counsel on the acquisition of rival Maersk Drilling, a merger which created one of the largest offshore drilling companies in the world.
  • Acting for long-standing client Huntsman Corporation in relation to the sale of its Textile Effects business to Archroma.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

The ‘well-resourced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP boasts a stellar client roster of private equity firms, in addition to alternative investment funds, fund managers and investment advisers. Lisa Cawley leads the practice and has demonstrable experience advising on the regulatory aspects of high-value transactions, compliance matters and assisting private investment funds on regulatory issues. Julia Dixon handles mandates concerning authorisation, licensing and permission requirements, as well as compliance with UK and EU regulation, while Prem Mohan advises on regulatory issues relating to the structuring and formation of private investment funds across a various asset classes.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Cawley

Other key lawyers:

Julia Dixon; Prem Mohan; Adam Skinner; Deirdre Haugh

Testimonials

‘The Kirkland & Ellis team stand out for their impeccable customer service. There is no ask that’s too little or too big, and they pre-empt issues before they arise to provide a streamlined and effective service and support.’

‘Well-resourced, expertise across an extensive range of topics and great market knowledge.’

‘Adam Skinner is responsive, strong technically and very easy to work with.’

Key clients

EQT AB

Work highlights

  • Represented EQT AB on its acquisition of Baring Private Equity Asia.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Regularly handling some of the market's most significant commercial and investor-state arbitrations, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s London team 'always does its utmost to secure wins for clients'. Leading the London office's international arbitration group, the 'vastly experienced' Rajinder Bassi has extensive experience in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, while Jon Newman routinely handles institutional arbitrations at global levels. Noah Stewart-Ornstein, whose practice incorporates joint venture and shareholder disputes, along with complex contractual claims, was elevated to partner level in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rajinder Bassi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experienced partners, and enthusiastic and diligent associates.’

‘Rajinder Bassi is vastly experienced and brings a clear head to provide practical solutions.’

‘Kirkland’s practice is unique for its preparation of cases and the close relationship created by its lawyers and staff with clients.’

Noah Stewart-Ornstein is enthusiastic and diligent, and always looking for creative ideas.

‘Kirkland & Ellis has a stellar and leading practice in this area. They also have a strong following in the market and benefit from great global coverage, which provides a source of referrals for the London team.’

‘Always does its utmost to secure wins for clients and provides a simply incredible service that is second to none. One particular feature of Kirkland & Ellis’ offering is that they are real leaders in the field of investment arbitration.’

Key clients

Agility Group

Ping An Insurance Company of China

Dow Chemical

General Motors

Samsung Electronics Company

EN+ Group

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the world’s largest equipment manufacturers in a series of arbitrations, arising out of a dispute with a former distributor.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest independent dermatology companies in a variety of disputes, relating to the distribution and licensing of a key product.
  • Representing an investment firm in a joint venture dispute that relates to a power project in the US.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP houses a ‘talented and experienced‘ team, which is noted for its strength in IP disputes, follow on damages cases, and M&A. Daniel Lim, ‘titan of IP litigationNicola Dagg, and Emma Flett jointly lead the practice. ‘Top-class litigator‘ Lim acts for a clients in disputes concerning medical devices and pharmaceutical products, often in relation to commercial launches and injunctions. Hailed by clients as ‘one of the outstanding patent litigators of current times‘, Dagg regularly defends patents against challenges from generics manufacturers. Litigator Jin Ooi has broad expertise in small molecule, DNA sequencing, and transgenic animal platform issues, displaying ‘laser sharp focus‘ when arbitrating trade secrets disputes in the medical devices space. Since publication, Katie Coltart has moved to Linklaters LLP.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Lim; Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett

Other key lawyers:

Jin Ooi; Steven Baldwin

Testimonials

‘Nicola Dagg is one of the outstanding patent litigators of current times, combining strategic insight with very robust and detailed litigation skills. Firm but very fair and keen to get to a sensible solution, she is trusted by many of the largest undertakings in the area. She also leads her teams in an energetic way – very much from the front.’

‘Jin Ooi is extremely impressive and has a laser sharp focus when its comes to patent litigation. All over the detail and an expert on strategy. Jin stands out in every aspect when it comes to patent related matters. He is experienced, with great judgement and deep understanding of the legal and commercial matters of each case. One of the most brilliant lawyers we have ever worked with.’

‘Talented and experienced lawyers with good judgement and creative problem solving. Their strategic approach and deep understanding of legal and commercial matters involved deliver a high quality of work that meet client’s expectations.’

‘Daniel Lim has the rare skill of being able to be fully across both the minute detail as well as the big picture strategy of the case. He has all the qualities of a top-class litigator. I would also like to highlight that each team member is highly responsive, competent and talented which reflects a strong team culture and is a joy to work with.’

‘Nicola Dagg is a force of nature, not simply a rainmaker, but a typhoon maker who always goes the extra mile. She is a titan of IP litigation and rightly so.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis have an excellent life sciences and healthcare practice. They excel at combining deep scientific and technical knowledge with tremendous cross-border dispute resolution skill and expertise to secure optimal outcomes.’

‘Nicola Dagg is an exceptional litigator. When handling a patent case, she will leave no stone unturned to bring a claim to its full potential.’

 ‘Steven Baldwin is relentless in pursuit of his clients’ interests.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Astellas

British American Tobacco

Alcon

Viatris

Abbott Laboratories

Meril Life Sciences

Siemens Healthineers

Advanced Bionics

Pharmathen

Work highlights

  • Representing Astellas and Pfizer in relation to the protection of prostate cancer treatment Xtandi.
  • Representing Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, and Viatris against the NHS in relation to a follow-on damages inquiry before the Patents Court, raising novel issues of foreseeability, causation and mitigation.
  • Representing Alcon in global patent infringement litigation against Johnson & Johnson concerning surgical laser systems for cataract surgery.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s contentious regulatory practice draws upon the collective experience of both the financial regulatory, and the government and internal investigations groups. The arrival of ‘fantastic new hireJulia Dixon from Linklaters LLP in November 2021 to co-chair the team alongside Marcus Thompson signalled the beginning of a concerted period of growth and development for the group. The partner bench has further expanded with the lateral hire of Shruti Chandhok from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in June 2022, and the promotion of Patrick Navein.

Practice head(s):

Julia Dixon; Marcus Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge and understanding of enforcement matters.’

‘Julia Dixon – very bright and personable.’

‘Great resources and global reach.’

‘Julia Dixon – fantastic new hire, adds crucial financial regulatory experience.’

‘Relatively new team – I was not aware of Kirkland in this space until recently, but they have made some key hires and internal promotions.’

‘Julia Dixon is very sensible, knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has one of the ‘very top commercial litigation practices on both side of the Atlantic’, consisting of ‘experienced partners, and enthusiastic and diligent associates’. Of these, Rajinder Bassi leads the team, and is commended by one client for bringing ‘a clear head to provide practical solutions’. Noted practitioners include ‘bright and creative lawyer’ Noah Stewart-Ornstein, ‘committed litigator’ Jonathan Newman, and ‘commercial litigation superstar’ Richard Boynton.

Practice head(s):

Rajinder Bassi

Testimonials

‘‘Kirkland is one of the very top commercial litigation practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Their ability to co-ordinate the very largest cases across the world is enormously valued by big clients.’

‘Experienced partners, and enthusiastic and diligent associates.’

‘Rajinder Bassi is vastly experienced and brings a clear head to provide practical solutions.’

‘Noah Stewart-Ornstein is bright, immensely hard-working, highly articulate, and very able.’

‘Jon Newman is a committed litigator with a deep knowledge of the detail in any case.’

‘K&E’s litigation team is becoming a major player in the London litigation market, and they are now picking up some of the largest cases. They have a small, but exceptionally able, team.’

‘Richard Boynton is a commercial litigation superstar. Having worked with him on many cases, I can safely say he would be my first port of call for any major piece of commercial litigation. He’s massively brainy; he’s a first rate lawyer, with a very fine breadth of legal expertise; he’s brilliant at organising and running a massive case, and a large team; he’s immensely hard-working; he produces terrifyingly good documents; he’s a fearsome opponent; he’s a delightful team-leader and team-player; and he’s an excellent tactician. He’s monstrously good!

‘Rajinder Bassi is excellent. She, rightfully, has a massive practice. She has a wonderful manner with clients, and with every member of the team that she leads so adeptly; she’s an extremely thoughtful and able lawyer, and tactician; and she radiates both deep commercial experience and great confidence. Absolutely top quality.’

Key clients

Appian Capital Advisory

Silver Point Capital

Varde Partners, Inc.

AQR Capital Management

Ad Hoc Group of holders of GKN’s bonds

Capstone Investment Advisors

Galapagos Bidco SARL

DRW Trading Group

Flow Traders

LivePerson Netherlands BV.

Winton Capital Management

Winton Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing two funds sponsored by Appian (a London-based private equity fund focused on investments in mines and mining-related businesses) in high-value litigation stemming from the termination of a USD1.2 billion sale of two Brazilian mines by Appian to Sibanye Stillwater Limited, a major South African mining concern and the world’s largest producer of platinum.
  • Representing a group of bondholders in a dispute relating to an alleged event of default arising out of an intended to demerger by Melrose PLC of two parts of the business of its subsidiary GKN, which the bondholders claim results in the repayment of the bonds at par plus accrued interest.
  • Representing the Galapagos entities (a group ultimately held by funds sponsored by European private equity fund Triton Partners) in litigation across four jurisdictions which stems from but is wholly separate to a complex USD800 million restructuring.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Upper Mid-Market And Premium Deals, £750m+

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

The firm: Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with approximately 3,500 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The firm operates from 20 offices around the world. The London office has over 400 lawyers.

Principal areas of work: Kirkland is a full-service law firm focusing in the following practice areas:

Antitrust and competition: Kirkland’s global antitrust and competition team advises across the full spectrum of antitrust requirements, from wide-scale multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations and litigation, to specific antitrust queries such as distribution and resale structures, pricing and behavioural conduct, competitor cooperation agreements and State aid. Our merger control practice advises on complex and novel cases involving fix-it-first solutions and carve out divestment packages, managing the process smoothly and anticipating issues.

Capital markets: Kirkland’s capital markets group has one of the largest high yield practices in Europe. Our London-based team advises issuers and sponsors on a wide variety of international securities transactions, across every major industry, with a particular focus on offerings of high-yield, liability management transactions, initial public offerings, SPACs and other complex debt securities.

Debt finance: Kirkland has the largest sponsor-focused debt finance practice in Europe, advising on TLB, second lien, PIK, bank/bond and unitranche structures across large cap and middle market deals. The team has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative financing structures and acts regularly on the most complex global and pan-European transactions. This has included advising on the largest sponsor-backed financings for public to private transactions across Europe.

Infrastructure: Kirkland advises clients on all aspects of infrastructure transactions, ranging from the development, acquisition and financing to the sale and restructuring of infrastructure projects and assets around the world.

Intellectual property litigation: Kirkland’s London IP team supports clients across four areas (i) strategic life sciences patent and product lifecycle advice; (ii) patent litigation; (iii) coordinating global IP enforcement/defence cases; and (iv) standard essential patent (SEP) and FRAND disputes.

International litigation and arbitration: Kirkland is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration and has a proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most high stakes cases. We represent clients under the auspices of all leading arbitral organisations, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, ICSID and the SIAC, as well as ad-hoc arbitrations. Kirkland is recognised for its experience in all aspects of international arbitration and in the conduct of white-collar crime and government investigations.

Investment funds: Kirkland has the largest and most active investment funds practice in the world and is uniquely positioned to serve clients across all verticals, including private equity funds, credit funds, secondaries, real estate and infrastructure funds. The team addresses the legal, regulatory, tax and commercial challenges facing a diverse group of investment fund clients, ranging from some of the world’s largest alternative-asset managers and financial institutions to independent boutiques and first-time fund sponsors.

Private equity/mergers and acquisitions: Kirkland has the largest dedicated private equity and financial investor practice in Europe, acting for US and European private equity funds, pension and sovereign wealth funds and financial investors with real estate funds. The team advises across the full spectrum of corporate matters including acquisitions, reorganisations, restructurings, public to privates, minority investments, carve outs and sales. Working in conjunction with the deepest bench of private equity and financial investor-focused practitioners, Kirkland provides clients with unbeatable expertise in highly complex transactions and cross-border deals.

Regulatory: Kirkland has developed a market-leading regulatory practice, advising sponsor firms amongst other organisations on a wide variety of regulatory matters.

Restructuring/insolvency: Kirkland’s restructuring group has earned a distinguished international reputation by achieving outstanding results for a wide range of global clients. The team provides a range of executable solutions from insolvency to distressed and special situations to event-driven financings through to exit.

Tax: Kirkland has a strong international reputation for providing sophisticated tax advice to private equity and financial sponsor clients. The tax team also advises on credit, real estate, infrastructure, and fundraising issues as well as acting for clients in tax disputes worldwide.

Technology and intellectual property transactions: Kirkland represents clients in all areas of IP, trademark matters, outsourcing, computer software, licensing, distribution, joint venture agreements, biotechnology, data protection and e-commerce issues.

Other offices: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition Alasdair Balfour alasdair.balfour@kirkland.com +442074692135
Antitrust/competition Sally Evans sally.evans@kirkland.com +442074692112
Antitrust/competition Paula Riedel paula.riedel@kirkland.com +442074692470
Capital markets William Burke WBurke@kirkland.com +442074692395
Capital markets Cedric Van den Borren cedric.vandenborren@kirkland.com +442074692380
Debt finance Stephen Lucas stephen.lucas@kirkland.com +442074692233
Financial services regulatory Lisa Cawley lcawley@kirkland.com +442074692140
Financial services regulatory Julia Dixon julia.dixon@kirkland.com +442074692105
Financial services regulatory Prem Mohan prem.mohan@kirkland.com +442074692081
Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Marcus Thompson marcus.thompson@kirkland.com +442074692170
Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Satnam Tumani satnam.tumani@kirkland.com +442074692390
Infrastructure James Boswell james.boswell@kirkland.com +442074692072
Infrastructure Toby Parkinson toby.parkinson@kirkland.com +442074692087
Infrastructure Sara Pickersgill sara.pickersgill@kirkland.com +442074692091
Insolvency/restructuring Kon Asimacopoulos kasimacopoulos@kirkland.com +442074692230
Insolvency/restructuring Partha Kar pkar@kirkland.com +442074692350
Insolvency/restructuring Sean Lacey sean.lacey@kirkland.com +442074692410
Insolvency/restructuring Elaine Nolan enolan@kirkland.com +442074692130
Intellectual property litigation Nicola Dagg nicola.dagg@kirkland.com +442074692150
International arbitration/litigation Rajinder Bassi rajinder.bassi@kirkland.com +442074692120
Investment funds Christopher Braunack christopher.braunack@kirkland.com +442074692060
Investment funds Anand Damodaran anand.damodaran@kirkland.com +442074692080
Investment funds Paul Sampson p.sampson@kirkland.com +442074692082
Investment funds Jonathan Tadd jonathan.tadd@kirkland.com +442074692345
Investment funds Richard Watkins rwatkins@kirkland.com +442074692185
Private equity Matthew Elliott matthew.elliott@kirkland.com +442074692450
Private equity David Higgins david.higgins@kirkland.com +442074692200
Tax Jonathan Kandel jonathan.kandel@kirkland.com +442074692460
Technology & Intellectual property transactions Emma Flett emma.flett@kirkland.com +442074692218
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Number of UK partners : 211
Number of other UK fee-earners : 338

Diversity:

Kirkland’s commitment to diversity is reflected in its policies, programs and committees as well as its efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from differences in socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds.

Pro bono:

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our attorneys’ professional experience. Kirkland attorneys at all levels pursue pro bono matters dealing with a variety of issues such as immigration, disability rights, civil rights, prisoner rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals, guardianship, veterans’ benefits, and the representation of nonprofit organizations, among other areas.

CSR:

Kirkland is committed to being a leader in corporate social responsibility, and improving communities and the legal profession through monetary gifts through the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; embracing and promoting diversity within the Firm and the legal profession; reducing the Firm’s environmental impact; and providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel.


Pro bono

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our attorneys’ professional experience. Kirkland attorneys at all levels pursue pro bono matters dealing with a variety of issues such as immigration, disability rights, civil rights, prisoner rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals, guardianship, veterans’ benefits, and the representation of nonprofit organizations, among other areas.

Diversity & inclusion

Kirkland’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in its policies, programs and committees as well as its efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from differences in socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds.