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

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

Acquisition finance Tier 1

Benefiting from 'outstanding quality across the board and creative thinking across multiple disciplines', Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is able to 'tackle very complex processes' for its huge roster of private equity sponsor clients, including Cinven, Advent International and Blackstone. Because of the firm's focused approach to servicing only one segment of the market, it is able to really push the envelope on sponsors' financing needs, unencumbered by lender side relationships. Co-headed by seasoned practitioners Neel Sachdev and Stephen Lucas, the team 'has an excellent perspective on the market and what is market' by virtue of its dominance in the private equity space across deal size, geographies and UK and US-governed debt products. Christopher Shield excels in handling big-ticket multi-jurisdcitional financings for sponsors and is well-versed across the myriad of financing products throughout the capital structure. Other recommended practitioners include Michael Steele, whose leveraged financing offering frequently involves real estate assets; Kirsteen Nicol , who has a strong following among numerous large cap and mid-market European and US sponsors; and the 'thoughtful and considered' Daniel Borg , who exhibits 'the right balance of being aggressive on terms while remaining  commercial'. 

Practice head(s):

Neel Sachdev; Stephen Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Chris Shield; Kirsteen Nicol; Evgeny Zborovsky; Daniel Borg; Michael Steele

Testimonials

Outstanding quality across the board, joined up and creative thinking across multiple disciplines.’

Will fight tooth and nail, pushing the boundaries and breaking new ground while maintaining a very commercial approach and keeping the “deal train” on track.’

Have an excellent perspective on the market and what is market. Huge horsepower in the firm to tackle very complex and time constrained processes – Kirkland both outwork and out-think the competition.’

They understand the different dimensions of a deal issue and provide a clarity around the whole acquisition finance process.’

Neel Sachdev and Stephen Lucas are excellent.’

Dan Borg is very thoughtful and considered – breaks down complex issues and cuts through to the important risk and commercial items. He displays the right balance of being aggressive on terms while remaining  commercial’.

Key clients

Advent International

Accel-KKR

Apax Partners

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

Blackstone Capital Partners

CapVest

Centerbridge Partners

Cinven

CPP Investment Board

Francisco Partners

Hg

Hellman & Friedman

H.I.G Capital

HGGC

Investindustrial

Lone Star Funds

Madison Dearborn Partners

Partners Group

Searchlight Capital

Starwood Capital Group Global

Strategic Value Partners

The Carlyle Group

TA Associates

Thomas H Lee Partners

Triton

Thoma Bravo

Warburg Pincus

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

Co-headed by Kon Asimacopoulos and Partha Kar, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'super responsive and well-resourced' eight-partner team provides a 'highly pragmatic and flexible approach' to a range of stakeholders on mandates throughout the capital structure, including those involving New York law governed high yield debt. Although it does often pick up high-profile creditor roles, the team is best-known for its debtor offering, either instructed directly by troubled corporates or picking up a role as a result of its vast roster of leading private equity sponsor relationships. At the vanguard of developing strategies and techniques to ensure the best outcome for clients, the team is regularly involved in first-of-kind mandates, including the 'very commercial' Sean Lacey's representation of DeepOcean Group on its ground-breaking restructuring plan - the first ever to utilise cross-class cram-down. 'Very strong practitioner' Elaine Nolan has 'significant experience in dealing with complex Company Voluntary Arrangements', which she has implemented to good effect on many of the most significant retail restructurings in the market.

Practice head(s):

Kon Asimacopoulos; Partha Kar

Other key lawyers:

Sean Lacey; Elaine Nolan; Thomas Jemmett; Karim Kassam; Lisa Stevens

Testimonials

The firm is super responsive and the team well resourced with strong individuals across geographies.’

The team provides a highly pragmatic and flexible approach.’

Top-notch team and practice; involved in most if not all high-profile transactions in the market.’

The team has very strong credentials in the field of Company Voluntary Arrangements, having acted on the majority of recent large projects.’

‘The firm has advised us on several transactions relating to one of our investments, all of which have been extremely complex. They have come up with innovative solutions to numerous difficult aspects of the transactions, all the while staying commercially-focused, helping us to achieve a very favourable outcome to support the long-term development of the business.’

‘The very commercial Sean Lacey can think outside of box and propose solutions.’

‘Elaine Nolan is a very strong practitioner, who has significant experience in dealing with complex Company Voluntary Arrangements.’

Thomas Jemmett is incredibly diligent and attentive.’

Key clients

AllSaints Retail

Capital & Regional Plc

Casual Dining Group

Celine UK Newco 1 Limited (as shareholders of Debenhams)

Cineworld Group

Cirque du Soleil

DeepOcean Group

Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (DIA)

Europcar Mobile Group

Forever 21

Galapagos Group

HEMA – ad hoc committee of HEMA bondholders

Hertz – ad hoc committee of holders of Hertz’s European notes

Intelsat

Matalan – ad hoc committee of Matalan bondholders

NMC Healthcare Ltd (in administration)

Nordic Aviation Capital

PizzaExpress

Seadrill Partners

Selecta

Steinhoff – ad hoc committee of creditors of Steinhoff Finance

Survitec Group

Technicolor

Telepizza Group

The Civil Aviation Authority

Travelodge

Triton Investment Managers

Valaris

Wirecard – various Wirecard bondholders

High yield Tier 1

The high yield practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive, always available and very reliable'. As an issuer-side practice, the firm is at the forefront of the European high yield market, acting for some of the most active issuers in the market. Among its clients are some of the most high-profile private equity houses and financial sponsors, including Bain Capital and Carlyle Group. The firm recently acted for Advent International, Cinven and RAG-Stiftung in the financing of their €17.2bn acquisition of the elevator division of thyssenkrupp AG. Practice heads William Burke, Matthew Merkle and Cedric Van den Borren are all highly experienced partners with stellar track records. Emerging talent Morgan Hill, who played a key role in advising Techem Verwaltungsgesellschaft on its issuance of senior secured notes and concurrent Term Loan B repricing, and Tim Volkheimer also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

William Burke; Matthew Merkle; Cedric Van den Borren

Other key lawyers:

Tim Volkheimer; Morgan Hill

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive, always available and very reliable, especially Cedric Van den Borren and Morgan Hill.’

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

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 's market-leading private equity practice is consistently instructed on many of the largest deals in the market, including major European take-privates, acquisitions, investments, and disposals. In addition to its sizeable team of specialist PE lawyers, the firm is also able to draw on its debt finance, competition, and tax teams to handle complex deals. The firm's global focus on the buyout sector means it advises a huge roster of sponsor clients on UK and international deals.  David Higgins and Matthew Elliott lead the practice; Elliott is viewed by clients as  'a true leader',  while Higgins and Adrian Maguire 'command respect' for their expertise and experience. Other key figures in the team include Roger Johnson, Rory Mullarkey, and David Holdsworth. Stuart Boyd is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Higgins; Matthew Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Roger Johnson; Rory Mullarkey; David Holdsworth; Stuart Boyd; Michael Steele

Testimonials

‘The team stands out far above any magic circle or other US law firm for its ability to advise. They are not afraid to share in a deal’s risk profile by standing behind their advice fully and, what is truly outstanding is that they foster such an approach from their junior associates to their most senior partners. All have enviable deal handling skills, with a seamless ability to take ownership of the most challenging deal dynamics, fostering a constructive relationship between counterparties and investing in the development of junior client professionals.’

‘Matthew Elliott is highly capable, client-relationship orientated and a true leader. He is an excellent adviser who stands behind his advice, has a genuine interest and invests in truly understanding a client’s business objectives.’

‘Great PE sector knowledge given enormous focus on PE as a business line. Deep expertise in accelerating transaction execution and obtaining ‘top of market’ commercial terms, tight coordination with expert debt financing specialists who are able to deliver a packaged product across debt and equity funding sets K&E apart from many peers. Hard working mindset – they will run through walls to get the deal done.’

‘David Higgins and Adrian McGuire are both leading individuals who command respect in the market with a matter of fact approach with ‘no drama/no tears’ style. They are extremely quick to make commercial judgements spanning due diligence issues, regulatory topics and engagement with management teams, and are structured, organised and responsive.’

‘Michael Steele is a standout partner.He is and has been responsible for driving his team to always work harder than the client. He is always responsive and always a step ahead of the client and importantly, the counter-party. He understands the right balance between being commerciall, while being aggressive, which consistently results in breaking new ground for us.He also understands how to negotiate in 4-dimensions when other law firms can be one or two dimensional – this is needed when solving issues that have multiple stakeholders each with different agendas. His team understands the maths behind the legal documents.’

‘Senior partners are heavily involved and understand how to solve multi-variate, multi-counterpary issues with very credible and creative solutions.  It is very common with other law firms that simple, basic issues take up 80% of the time due to lack of tenacity or experience where that should really take 20% of the time. The Kirkland team delivers here so we don’t waste time on the mundane.’

Key clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apax

BC Partners

Blackstone

Bain Capital Private Equity

EQT

GIC

GLP

Hellman & Friedman

Montagu Private Equity

Starwood Capital Group

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

TDR Capital

TPG

Triton

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Private funds Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a broad funds offering, advising major fund managers on fund formation and operational issues across both the upper and lower mid-market private equity space, as well as advising credit and infrastructure funds. It also works with a solid share of the European  private funds market. The team is similarly broad, with practice head Richard Watkins playing a key role in high-value fundraisings for private equity clients, while Anand Damodaran is a leading figure in the debt funds space. Christopher Braunack is a prolific fundraising adviser to mid-market private equity, while Andy Shore has played a key role in a number of bulge-bracket mandates, particularly on behalf of new client Hg Capital. Theodore Cardos is noted for his secondaries practice, advising on a number of high-value transactions, and is US-qualified. Amala Ejikeme is active within the European market, and advises on traditional and alternative fund structures, including evergreen and parallel arrangements. The firm announced the hire of well regarded funds lawyer Amy Fox from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in summer 2021. She advises on fund formation, operational matters, and complex structures such as co-investments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Watkins

Other key lawyers:

Anand Damodaran; Christopher Braunack; Theodore Carlos; Andy Shore; Amala Ejikeme; Amy Fox

Testimonials

K&E’s fund formation practice in London has deep expertise and has been our best external counsel across all of the jurisdictions in which we operate for many years.

Richard Watkins is very well connected to a large range of LPs and this simplifies our fund formation efforts. He has an excellent handle on market practice. He negotiates well and can be relied upon to present our position.

Amy Fox is an excellent lawyer, practical, fast and decisive.’

The two things that immediately come to mind are  the fact that everyone I come across at K&E are just nice people who I enjoy working with and the strength in depth – they just seem to have a huge bench of top quality lawyers and you know that you are getting quality service no matter who you deal with.

Richard Watkins and Andrew Shore are our core team and have been, and continue to be, excellent. Richard is vastly experienced and you just know that he’s seen it all before and has a total grip on what the key issues are in any transaction. Andrew is just great to work with: commercial, sharp, always available, always on top of things and extremely good at coordinating across different departments to ensure we get a single clear line of communication.

Key clients

BC Partners

Hg

IK Investment Partners

Livingbridge

Montagu Private Equity

Nordic Capital

TDR Capital

Triton Partners

Vitruvian Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Corporate tax Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a strong presence in the private equity space and advises debtors and creditors on the tax aspects of restructurings, setting up investment vehicles and fund formations. Jonathan Kandel focuses on providing tax advice regarding private equity, credit, real estate and infrastructure issues to a range of clients including asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and state-owned enterprises. Timothy Lowe co-heads the practice alongside Kandel and specialises in M&A tax, reorganisations, reconstructions and corporate finance work. Mavnick Nerwal, Ian Ferreira and Frixos Hatjantonas are also noted. Key changes in the team include the departure of Dulcie Daly in March 2021 and the arrival of Peter Abbott from Macfarlanes LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kandel; Timothy Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Mavnick Nerwal; Ian Ferreira; Frixos Hatjantonas; Peter Abbott

Testimonials

They are very well able to connect input from counsel in various jurisdictions and to translate this into structuring solutions taking into account all these multi-jurisdictional elements. They make you feel you are their only client, which is really extraordinary.’

Ian Ferreira – technically excellent, with an understanding of the particular issues faced within the PE industry.’

Key clients

Blackstone

TDR

Ares Management Limited

Oaktree

Canadian Pension Plan Investments Board

EQT

Goldman Sachs

Starwood

Waterland

GIC Equinix

ISQ

Montagu

GTCR

Brookfield

Norwegian Cruise Line

Technicolor

Allied Universal (porfolio company of Warburg Pincus)

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

The patent litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP continues to secure impressive mandates in the life sciences sector through the reputation of practice head Nicola Dagg. With support from Katie Coltart and Jin Ooi, the firm has represented biotechnology innovators in significant transatlantic patent infringement proceedings before the Supreme Court. Steven Baldwin and associates Peter Pereira and Gabriella Bornstein have expertise in SEP and FRAND litigation for international telecoms and technology clients. A team of transactional IP lawyers is able to advise on M&A due diligence, licensing negotiations and joint ventures for global clients in the hi-tech industries.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Dagg 

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Lim; Katie Coltart; Jin Ooi; Steven Baldwin; Peter Pereira; Gabriella Bornstein

Testimonials

Nicola Dagg is one of the leading IP partners in the market.

Jin Ooi is very effective and extremely responsive.

The Kirkland & Ellis team offers broad-based skills throughout its experience range. Bright, insightful analysis is assured – delivered with appropriate reverence and humor.

Nicola Dagg is the genuine article. Experienced, smart, ever-prepared, thoughtful, and well informed beyond the immediate task/case at hand.

Daniel Lim is devoted to delivering thorough and thoughtful analysis and work product. The work product speaks for itself.

Steven Baldin is a pleasure to work with. He is fantastic both in his grasp of the detail and clear strategic thinking. High customer focus. Attention to detail and prepared to think outside the box.

Peter Pereira – High expertise, Excellent work commitment, dedication to case, prepared to consider novel approaches to achieve practical goals.

The team has developed novel, cutting-edge and coordinated global strategies which play out in litigation across the world, including China.

Katie Coltart is incredibly responsive and astute. A real pleasure to work with.

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Lenovo

Samsung

Alcon

Abbott

Xiaomi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Bayer

Autostore

Pfizer / Viatris

Novartis

Meril Life Sciences

TCL Corporation

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Inc. (ASSIA)

BBC Studies & Britbox

Sonova

Real estate funds Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP works with a combination of established real estate investors, including major private equity houses, and emerging companies in the property tech space. Its team advises on a variety of vehicles, including open-ended funds, co-investments and joint ventures. The team is led by Jonathan Tadd, who advises fund managers on fund formation and investments across a number of asset classes. Benjamin Harding is well-known among leading real estate sponsors. Another key individual is newly-promoted partner Sophie Smith, who excels in high-value fund formation and structuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tadd

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Harding; Sophie Smith; Alan Skerritt

Testimonials

Jon Tadd and Ben Harding are both fiercely smart, very hard working and totally committed to their clients. They have an excellent handle on the market and are picking up a lot of new clients.

The Kirkland team is undoubtedly one of the best fund formation practices in the City. On the real estate side, they have secured fantastic clients and are plugged into the market-leading real estate practice they have globally.

Jonathan Tadd is outstanding on the real estate side. He is a real star. His experience in Hong Kong gives him a real edge in terms of client service. He is hungry for work and executes to a very high level.

Jonathan Tadd has built one of the most successful real estate funds practices in the City, and is ruthless in the attention to detail he provides to his clients. His technical knowledge of the market allows his clients to rest assured that they will receive the best possible service throughout.

‘Alan Skerritt has a calm, polite, positive attitude and eye for detail, even in the most rushed/stressed hours.’

Key clients

EQT AB

Node Living

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

At Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, the ‘super commercial‘ lawyers are ‘best in class‘ for advising funds and private equity houses on the spectrum of UK and EU regulations affecting their operations. The department is led by Lisa Cawley (‘one of the top private equity regulatory lawyers out there‘) who is regularly instructed on deals and compliance matters. Colin SharpsmithPrem Mohan and Deirdre Haugh also stand out for funds regulatory issues. Adam Skinner focuses on compliance and risk management advice.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Cawley

Other key lawyers:

Prem Mohan; Colin Sharpsmith; Deirdre Haugh; Adam Skinner; Julia Dixon

Testimonials

This team are completely best in class – super commercial and very responsive and practical. Cannot speak highly enough of them.

We have worked alongside the Kirkland London regulatory team for a number of shared clients over the years. Their ability to provide accurate but pragmatic and easy-to-digest advice has meant we’ve referred a number of clients to them over the years. They are very approachable and provide properly commercial regulatory advice.’

The team and their approach makes them stand out. Lisa Cawley is exceptional in her balance of experience, knowledge and commerciality. She is very approachable, very likeable and judges clients and their particular requirements expertly. Adam Skinner is excellent too and cut from very similar cloth.’

Very impressive team at K&E London. They have been providing excellent European regulatory advice to my private equity firm for over a decade.’

Prem Mohan and Lisa Cawley’s communication is excellent. Their response time is second to none. If they do need a little longer to answer a query this is communicated to me. I trust them and that trust is something that has been earned over a built relationship. I cannot speak highly enough of this team and its members.’

Response time is expeditious and they are leading in their regulatory knowledge.’

Lisa Cawley continues to be one of the top private equity regulatory lawyers out there. With the market share that Kirkland has in that space she is at the top of the tree.’

The team has excellent experience across the financial services regulatory spectrum with a particular focus on fund regulation.

Lisa Cawley and Adam Skinner have a very strong knowledge of European regulatory matters and do a great job providing concise summaries of very complicated rules in the EU to our team.’

‘Julia Dixon is very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Blackstone

Apax

GTCR

H.I.G Capital

Lion Capital

Starwood Capital

Nordic Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Fund finance Tier 3

With a strong portfolio of leading private equity sponsor clients, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is active in the fund financing space, advising exclusively on borrower-side mandates. Its varied workload includes high-value international financing transactions for buyout, healthcare, infrastructure, real estate and debt funds. The practice is led by European fund finance head Susannah Amini, who has expertise in capital call, subscription and NAV facilities, as well as advising on innovative ESG facilities and GP financing for secondary transactions, co-investments and restructurings. Fund formation practitioner Andy Shore is also active, with him advising on sponsor-level financings.

Practice head(s):

Susannah Amini

Other key lawyers:

Andy Shore

Testimonials

‘Key strengths are its people, who are able to combine extensive technical knowledge with the ability to relay that in a succinct but commercially relevant manner.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the fund finance landscape, market trends, innovations and readily available.’

‘Susannah Amini – excellent coordination on a number of complex fund finance projects over a number of years, even more so during the initial UK lockdown period.’

‘The ability to coordinate a number of overlapping projects, accelerating rapidly to conclusion when circumstances require it, in combination with consistent first class commercial insight is a highly valued commodity within the fund finance space.’

Key clients

BC Partners

HgCapital

Highland Capital

Inflexion

Investindustrial

IK Investment Partners

Lion Capital

Livingbridge

Montagu Private Equity

Nordic Capital

Pollen Street Capital

Vitruvian

International arbitration Tier 3

Routinely handling some of the market's most complex, high-stakes arbitrations, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's London international arbitration team represents clients across the globe in a variety of jurisdictions, and under the auspices of all the major arbitration institutions. The 'highly motivated and excellent' practice's principal figures are Christopher Colbridge, who consistently leads on complex and wide-ranging cases; highly experienced commercial and investor-state arbitration practitioner Rajinder Bassi; and Richard Boynton, who represents international banks, multinational corporations and private equity funds in international arbitrations. Also key to the group are experienced partners Jonathan Newman and Philipp Kurek.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:

Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton; Jonathan Newman; Philipp Kurek

Testimonials

Excellent partners and associates, who are highly motivated and excellent on strategic thinking and detail.

Experienced and highly able team of international arbitration lawyers.

Resourceful and thorough, and take a practical and common-sense approach, while being good on the detail in complex disputes.

Christopher Colbridge has the calm collected wisdom of a practitioner who has been through his share of battles and then some. He offers a self-assured creativity born of this experience, and he is hard to fluster and a pleasure to work with – essential qualities, particularly in investment treaty cases which drag on for four or five years.

Rajinder Bassi is impressive.

Rajinder Bassi is a highly intelligent and resourceful lawyer, who always gets on top of the detail, and remains cool and calm in the most contentious disputes.

Philipp Kurek has an excellent grasp of his cases.

Philipp Kurek is very smart – as diligent as he is thorough.

Key clients

Agility Group

Dow Chemical

EN+ Group

General Motors

Ping An Insurance Company of China

Samsung Electronics Company

The Boeing Company

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's life sciences team is hugely experienced in complex, sophisticated patent litigation cases. Team lead Nicola Dagg has an outstanding record of representing prominent clients in far-reaching litigation. The practice offers specialist knowledge of complex biological products, small molecule litigation, and medical devices and diagnostics. Other key areas of work include corporate and regulatory matters on behalf of major life sciences companies and healthcare investors. Up-and-coming partner Jin Ooi focuses on advising pharmaceuticals clients on patent litigation and counselling.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Dagg

Other key lawyers:

Jin Ooi; Katie Coltart

Testimonials

‘Possess high degree of skills, attention to detail, 100% involvement and ownership of your issues. They take no time to become a part of your team and actively work to discuss plausible solutions.’

‘Extremely approachable and make things easy to understand and digest. provide sensible solutions to complex situations. Always available, alert and mindful of your concerns.’

‘Nicola Dagg is a force of nature. She has an amazing client list and clients love her.’

‘Nicola is a gifted leader and natural strategic thinker.’

‘Incredibly bright, Jin Ooi is calm and considered under pressure. His understanding of the legal and technical issues is second to none and he is full of good ideas.’

‘Nicola Dagg brings very high expertise and experience in biotechnology patents.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco (reduced risk products)

Alcon

Novartis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Bayer

Pfizer

Viatris

Abbott

GSK

Meril Life Sciences

Sonova

Warburg Pincus

GTCR/Corza Healthcare

SR One

AXA IM

CapVest

Property finance Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s ‘truly exceptional‘ property finance practice is particularly strong in the private equity arena. The team is also active in handling acquisition and development finance, restructurings and disposals involving properties in the data centre, healthcare, logistics, hotels and leisure, office, residential and student accommodation sectors. The ‘absolutely fantastic‘ Jonathan Birks leads the team, with expertise in advising private equity houses and credit funds on restructurings, distressed investing and loan origination. Kazik Michalski is also strong in acting for private equity clients, as well as handling cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Birks

Other key lawyers:

Kazik Michalski; Usman Khan

Testimonials

‘I think the K&E team is truly exceptional. They provide the perfect combination of sector expertise, market knowledge, commercial approach and deal savvy to drive the best outcomes for their clients. The scope of their experience and presence in the market is also extremely helpful given they represent many of the top sponsors and have negotiated financing transactions with all major lenders, therefore, they know how to drive to the most efficient outcome. I wouldn’t use anyone else, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.’

‘My overall impression of K&E’s team is very strong. Having worked with a number of Magic Circle and Silver Circle firms in the past, K&E is a cut above. Their lawyers have no ego, and they are particularly adept at identifying the commercial issues that matter to their clients and finding solutions to pertinent issues. They have an incredible track record of working with financial sponsors, and their responsiveness, accuracy and tenacity is second to none.’

‘Very efficient and highly knowledgeable in their field. Exceptional commercial understanding which helps to identify and prioritise the key aspects of our transactions.’

‘I have worked very closely with Kazik Michalski and his team over the past 24 months and I don’t think our transaction would have completed without him. He’s extremely diligent, thorough, creative, and commercial.’

‘I have a particularly high opinion of Kazik Michalski, and he is undoubtedly the best finance lawyer I have ever worked with. Kazik’s unique combination of sharp intellect and deal intuition makes him an indispensable part of our legal advisory team on large and complex deals.’

‘Jonathan Birks is a standout lawyer; he displays excellent technical skills and commercial pragmatism in equal measure. His ability to remain calm and genuinely good-humoured in the midst of the deal is particularly impressive and much appreciated.’

‘Jonathan Birks is absolutely fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable both on the law and the market, and very hardworking but also very down to earth and accessible.’

‘Usman Khan is highly responsive and surprisingly relaxed, irrespective of time pressures.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Bain Capital Credit

Blackstone

Brookfield

Centerbridge Partners

GIC

GLP

Node

TPG Real Estate

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s ‘extremely collaborative’ group is noted for its work on cross-border government investigations into bribery and corruption: Marcus Thompson is recommended for Europe-facing mandates, while, in addition, the practice is very active in engaging with the authorities in the UK and the US. Satnam Tumani has past experience at the SFO and shares leadership of the department with Thompson. The firm is regularly used by  multinational companies for internal investigations and compliance programmes advice. Associate Patrick Navein is a rising star in the practice. Sarah Klein departed to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Butel; Patrick Navein

Testimonials

‘Kirkland’s team is extremely collaborative. I view them as an extension of me and my team as they always have our firm’s best interests in mind.’

‘Very successful practice containing a lot of experienced lawyers. They are trusted to work on the largest cases.’

‘Satnam Tumani is an excellent operator. Very strategic but also across the detail and client-centric.’

‘Andrew Butel is very easy to deal with, across the evidentiary detail, hardworking and smart.’

‘Marcus Thompson is a trusted adviser who I go to for all European financial crime matters. He always provides practical guidance, appreciates taking risk-based approaches, and gives thoughtful responses to questions.  Marcus has helped us navigate some very tricky matters and I regularly recommend him to my colleagues as a fantastic resource in this space.’

‘Satnam Tumani is dominant in the sector. He is an outstanding leader who knows precisely what to do and when to do it. He is a genuinely intimidating presence for any opponent and achieves results like no one else as a result.’ 

‘Mike Casey has been exceptionally astute with his legal analysis and business acumen, yet also a thoroughly kind individual. It is this “human touch” which separates Mr. Casey from many.’

‘Patrick Navein will be a star of the future.’ 

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's disputes practice is particularly well known for representing the firm's impressive roster of private equity clients in investment, M&A and shareholder disputes. The group excels in cross-border matters and counts insolvency and restructuring-related litigation among its other areas of expertise. Christopher Colbridge (who is dual qualified in France and England and Wales) leads the team, which includes the 'brilliant' Rajinder Bassi and Richard Boynton.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:

Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton; Jon Newman

Testimonials

Strength in depth. Practical advice.’

Rajinder Bassi is brilliant; careful and thoughtful. She has a huge breadth of legal experience, excellent judgement and is decisive.’

This is a highly motivated team who are thoughtful and hard working. They really add value and the standard of their work is outstanding.

Rajinder Bassi: calm and pragmatic approach.

‘Jon Newman – excellent on the detail and on strategy; very commercial in approach’

Key clients

Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.

FTV Capital

Galapagos Bidco SARL

Gates Worldwide

H.I.G. Capital Partners LLP

ICS Inspection and Control Services Limited

Imtech Nordic Group

LivePerson

Noble Group Limited

The Boeing Company

Wyndham Destination Network LLC

EU and competition Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is recognised across the market as one of the most active firms in multinational merger control filings, particularly in relation to private equity clients. The group also stands out for its impressive cohort of female lawyers at partner level; in addition to practice head Paula Riedel, the team also includes Sarah Jordan, Sally Evans and Annie Herdman . Thomas Wilson left the London office in 2021 to lead the firm's new Brussels offering.

Practice head(s):

Paula Riedel

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jordan; Sally Evans; Annie Herdman; Mark Gardner

Testimonials

Comprehensive practice with strong knowledge of the UK and EU competition authorities. Constantly up to speed on the ever-changing nature of this space. Very strong at coordinating filings across numerous jurisdictions in a timely and organized manner.’

Paula Riedel is an excellent operator, providing first class support on antitrust issues arising in the context of M&A deals and elsewhere. I’ve worked with her on a number of transactions and, on more than one occasion, the other side were placing more weight on her advice to us than on their firm’s advice to them.

Mark Gardner: exceptional knowledge of antitrust processes across multi-jurisdictions (EU and other continental European) and tactical knowledge of how to effectively manoeuvre them; excellent commercial understanding and exceptional communication skills to translate complex legal matters into simple understandable concepts.’

Paula Riedel is excellent; pragmatic and deep knowledge of antitrust rules and the mechanics of merger control reviews. Not only does she understand the law and quickly get a grip on the commercial aspects of a deal, but she also has a forensic grasp of antitrust procedure in many jurisdictions, which is super helpful when plotting a path to deal completion.’

Have worked with Paula Riedel and Thomas Wilson. Both are heavily engaged and knowledgeable and offer practical advice. Both have strong relationships with the competition authorities.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Sunweb

Grubhub

Stonegate Pub Company

Advent/Cinven

Bain Capital

Intelsat

SK Capital

Bristol Myers Squibb

Blackstone

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.

Accenture

The firm: Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with more than 2,700 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 15 offices around the world. The London office has over 350 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 primarily focuses on cross-border offerings of high-yield bonds and liability management and restructuring transactions involving high yield bonds, closely coordinating with our U.S. offices to bring new issuer-favourable terms into the European market as they emerge.

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.

Intellectual property litigation: Kirkland’s London IP team represents high-end clients on complex litigation, transactions and counselling matters.

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 highstakes cases. 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 provides sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. 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 all transactions types including public transactions, carve outs, minority and majority deals, bolt-ons and exits, across any sector. 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. Its lawyers have advised on some of the most challenging, multijurisdictional restructurings in recent history and have a broad range of business advisory and crisis-management skills to navigate clients through situations involving financially troubled companies.

Tax: Kirkland’s tax practice advises on the strategy and implementation of high-profile, cross-border transactions for private equity houses, financial investors and asset managers and their portfolio companies involved in acquisitions, refinancings and divestiture. The practice also focuses investment fund formation, structuring and restructurings and other complex fund related issues.

Technology and intellectual property transactions: Kirkland concentrates on international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in IP and technology.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Private equity Matthew Elliott
Private equity David Higgins
Capital markets William Burke
Capital markets Cedric Van den Borren
Capital markets Matthew Merkle
Investment funds Richard Watkins
Investment funds Christopher Braunack
Investment funds Anand Damodaran
Debt finance Stephen Lucas
Debt finance Neel Sachdev
Tax Jonathan Kandel
Tax Timothy Lowe
Insolvency/restructuring Kon Asimacopoulos
Insolvency/restructuring Partha Kar
Insolvency/restructuring Sean Lacey
Insolvency/restructuring Elaine Nolan
International arbitration/litigation Christopher Colbridge
International arbitration/litigation Rajinder Bassi
Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Satnam Tumani
Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Marcus Thompson
Antitrust/competition Paula Riedel
Antitrust/competition Sarah Jordan
Intellectual property litigation Nicola Dagg
Technology & Intellectual property transactions Emma Flett
Financial services regulatory Lisa Cawley
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 Kon Asimacopoulos photo Kon Asimacopoulos Kon Asimacopoulos is a restructuring partner in the London office of the…
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 Christopher Colbridge photo Christopher Colbridge Christopher Colbridge is a partner in and heads the Firm’s international litigation…
 Katie Coltart photo Katie Coltart Katie Coltart is a partner in Kirkland’s London Intellectual Property team. Katie…
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 Aprajita Dhundia  photo Aprajita Dhundia Aprajita advises private equity funds and other financial sponsors and their portfolio…
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 Matthew Elliott photo Matthew Elliott Matthew is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
 Celyn Evans  photo Celyn Evans Celyn Evans is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Sally Evans  photo Sally Evans Sally Evans is an Antitrust and Competition partner in the London office…
 Ian Ferreria  photo Ian Ferreria Ian Ferreira is a tax partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Emma Flett photo Emma Flett Emma L. Flett co-leads Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions Practice and heads…
 Mark Gardner  photo Mark Gardner Mark Gardner is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Team based…
 Frixos Hatjantonas  photo Frixos Hatjantonas Frixos Hatjantonas is a corporate tax partner at the London office of…
 Annie Herdman photo Annie Herdman Annie Herdman is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Team based…
 David Higgins photo David Higgins David Higgins is a corprate partner and a member of the global…
 David Holdsworth  photo David Holdsworth David Holdsworth is a corporate partner in our London office. His practice…
 Roger Johnson  photo Roger Johnson Roger Johnson is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Sarah Jordan photo Sarah Jordan Sarah Jordan is an Antitrust & Competition partner in the London office…
 Jonathan Kandel photo Jonathan Kandel Jonathan Kandel is a tax partner based in the London office of…
 Partha Kar photo Partha Kar Partha Kar is a restructuring partner in the London office of the…
 Philipp Kurek photo Philipp Kurek Philipp Kurek is an arbitration partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Sean Lacey photo Sean Lacey Sean Lacey is a restructuring partner in the London office of the…
 James Learner  photo James Learner James Learner is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Jeremy Leggate  photo Jeremy Leggate Jeremy Leggate is an investment funds partner in the London office of…
 Daniel Lim photo Daniel Lim Daniel is a partner in Kirkland’s IP litigation team in London. Daniel’s…
 Timothy Lowe  photo Timothy Lowe Timothy is a corporate tax partner in the London office. He specialises…
 Stephen Lucas photo Stephen Lucas Stephen is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
 Adrian Maguire photo Adrian Maguire Adrian Maguire is a corporate partner advising financial sponsor clients globally on…
 Matthew Merkle photo Matthew Merkle Matthew Merkle is a capital markets partner in the London office of…
 Prem Mohan photo Prem Mohan Prem Mohan is a regulatory partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Rory Mullarkey photo Rory Mullarkey Rory Mullarkey is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Mavnick Nerwal  photo Mavnick Nerwal Mavnick is a corporate tax partner in the London office. He specialises…
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 Kirsteen Nicol  photo Kirsteen Nicol  Kirsteen Nicol is a banking partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Elaine Nolan photo Elaine Nolan Elaine is a restructuring partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
 Jin Ooi photo Jin Ooi Jin Ooi is a partner in Kirkland’s London IP Litigation team. He…
 Paula Riedel photo Paula Riedel Paula Riedel is an Antitrust & Competition partner in the London office…
 Neel Sachdev photo Neel Sachdev Neel Sachdev is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Christopher Shield photo Christopher Shield Christopher Shield is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Andrew Shore  photo Andrew Shore Andy Shore is an investment funds partner in the London office of…
 Adam Skinner photo Adam Skinner Adam Skinner is a regulatory partner in the London office of Kirkland…
 Michael Steele photo Michael Steele Michael Steele is a partner in Kirkland’s London office. His practice focuses…
 Jonathan Tadd photo Jonathan Tadd Jonathan Tadd is an investment funds partner in the London office of…
 Marcus Thompson photo Marcus Thompson Marcus Thompson is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Group…
 Satnam Tumani photo Satnam Tumani Satnam Tumani is a partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
 Cedric Van Den Borren photo Cedric Van Den Borren Cedric Van den Borren is a capital markets partner in the London…
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 Alan Walker photo Alan Walker Alan Walker is a tax partner based in the London office of…
 Richard Watkins photo Richard Watkins Richard Watkins is an investment funds partner in the London office of…
 Jennifer Wilson  photo Jennifer Wilson Jenny Wilson is a partner in Kirkland’s London Technology & IP Transactions…
Number of UK partners : 126
Number of other UK fee-earners : 239

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.