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

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP continues to play a dominant role in the London private equity market, with its work in 2021 including some of the sector's largest take-privates, investments, acquisitions and disposals. The team’s client base encompasses some of the most prominent names in US and European private equity, working across mainstream PE and real estate PE, as well as acting for sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. David Higgins leads the team and is one of the most respected figures in London PE, with longstanding connections to a host of buyout houses. Matthew Elliott focuses on the real estate sector, while Adrian Maguire continues to play a key role on a steady stream of deals in both the public and private markets. Elsewhere, Stuart Boyd ‘displays real expertise’ and has a particular focus on public market transactions such as SPACs and take-privates, while Roger Johnson recently handled a number of large deals for EQT. David Holdsworth is highly active on public and private acquisitions, including cross-border transactions. The firm continues to grow its roster of PE partners, bringing on Vincent Bergin and Keir MacLennan from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Higgins; Matthew Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent coordination throughout with a full suite of capabilities.’

‘K&E, and in particular David Higgins and Aprajita Dhundia, go above and beyond in every way on a deal.’

‘A deep bench of cross border M&A partners and related financing colleagues allows us to execute transactions with market-leading experts.’

‘The Kirkland corporate/PE team is absolutely first rate and quite possibly the best in the City. It has remarkable strength in depth and, having done a number of deals with them over recent years, no obvious weak link. Their lawyers are knowledgeable, expert and authoritative, particularly when dealing with the other side. They help their clients unpack problems and roll up their sleeves to help identify solutions. And they achieve great outcomes.’

‘Stuart Boyd is a standout – he displays real expertise, identifies all the angles on deal points and leads from the front. Dan Clarke is a star in the making. Unflappable, confident without being arrogant and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Apax

BC Partners

Blackstone

Bain Capital Private Equity

Cinven

EQT

GIC

Hellman & Friedman

Montagu Private Equity

Starwood Capital Group

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

TDR Capital

TPG

Triton

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 1

Led by the ‘vastly experienced and clever’ Neel Sachdev and Stephen Lucas, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s debt finance team is exclusively focused on servicing the acquisition finance needs of its stellar roster of private equity sponsor clients, including Apax, Blackstone, Bain Capital and Carlyle. Consequently, the team is able to negotiate very forcefully for its clients, unencumbered by any lender-side relationships and has a reputation for innovation and new technology development in the finance space. The sheer volume of deals the team handles, not only in the large cap space but also in the mid-market, ensures that the team is across all developments in the market and is as conversant when handling a large cap Term Loan B (TLB) mandate, as it is dealing with credit funds as counterparties on unitranche products. Kirsteen Nicol; Chris Shield and Daniel Borg are also key members of the team. Infrastructure finance specialist James Boswell recently joined the team from Clifford Chance LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lucas; Neel Sachdev

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Advent International

Apax Partners

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

Blackstone Capital Partners

CapVest

Core Equity Holdings

Hg

HGGC

HIG

Lone Star Funds

Madison Dearborn Partners

Partners Group

Starwood Capital Group Global

TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

Triton

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 1

'The gold standard for corporate restructuring and insolvency', Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides 'commercial and cutting-edge thinking' to deliver optimal results for clients, whether it be for funds as creditors/investors or on the debtor front. This innovative mindset is demonstrated both in terms of complex financial restructuring mandates -  where clients benefit from a tremendous knowledge of a variety of financial products, including New York law governed high yield debt - as well as the use of insolvency tools including Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) and the newly configured Restructuring Plan. 'A master tactician, who is laser focused on delivering results', Kon Asimacopoulos 'leads from the front' and sets the tone for the team, given his insatiable appetite for work and relevance in the market. The 'technically excellent' Elaine Nolan is one of many in the team with 'deep experience of CVAs', which she implements to good effect for clients in the retail sector. A 'superbly commercial lawyer', Sean Lacey is adept at handling mandates for investment funds, financial sponsors and corporates throughout the capital structure, in the context of restructurings, special situations investing, credit-led opportunities and specialised lending transactions. Partha Kar co-heads the team alongside Asimacopoulos and is recognised as a 'standout lawyer in the distressed space'. 

Practice head(s):

Kon Asimacopoulos; Partha Kar

Other key lawyers:

Sean Lacey; Elaine Nolan; Thomas Jemmett; Kate Stephenson; Hannah Crawford; Ian Clarke; Gabe Harley

Testimonials

Simply the best firm around – smart, proactive, commercial, cutting-edge thinking and strength-in-depth.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis is the gold standard for corporate restructuring and insolvency, – particularly for complex transactions and hedge fund clients. The partners combine commercial acumen with excellent legal knowledge and an innovative mindset.’

‘Kon Asimacopoulos: the best operator in the market. Leads the business from the front. He is always strategic, always hustling and always relevant in the market. He is a master tactician and laser focused on delivering results.’

Partha Kar is a standout lawyer in the distressed space.’

Sean Lacey is a superbly commercial lawyer. Strong engine, hungry and a great client man.’

Elaine Nolan is technically excellent, has deep knowledge of CVAs and is focused on delivering a high quality output that meets the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Nordic Aviation Capital

NMC Healthcare Ltd (in administration)

Smile Telecoms

Noble Group

Galapagos Group

PizzaExpress Group

Petroleum Geo-Services Group

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

Ad hoc committee of creditors to China Fishery Group

Ad hoc committee of bondholders to the European part of Hertz Group

Ad hoc committee of bondholders to Löwen Play

Ad hoc committee of bondholders of WiZink

Carlyle as lender on restructuring of Virgin Active

Holders of senior notes issued by Wirecard AG

Cineworld Group

Europcar Mobility Group

National Car Parks Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NMC Healthcare, via its joint administrators, on its successful $7.6bn financial restructuring via migration to the Abu Dhabi Global Market to benefit from deeds of company arrangement (first ever use).
  • Advised the financial creditors of South African conglomerate, Steinhoff, on the largest (€10bn value) and most complex ever settlement of litigation claims via a restructuring.
  • Advised Smile Telecoms on its ground-breaking restructuring plan, pioneering two new practical applications of the regime: the first ever application to exclude stakeholders from voting on the basis of no economic interest; and the first restructuring plan to purport to compromise members of a foreign-incorporated company.

Finance > High yield Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is ‘exceptionally good as far as bonds are concerned – efficient, responsive, professional and reliable‘, remarks one client, adding that ‘there are probably cheaper options out there but the firm is worth the money‘. Widely regarded as a leading sponsor-side firm, it is frequently involved on behalf of initial purchasers in high-value, cross-border deals. William Burke leads the practice and he has ‘the ability to seemingly be in five different places at once and always in a position to provide thoughtful feedback‘. Matthew Merkle consistently represents private equity sponsors and issuers in high-yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and other complex financings. Cedric Van den Borren ‘delivers best-in-class service‘. He advised Iliad Holding on a €3bn equivalent four-tranche issuance of US-dollar and Euro-denominated senior secured notes. Up-and-coming partners Morgan Hill and Tim Volkheimer (who is ‘a cut above the rest‘) also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

William Burke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kirkland & Ellis is well known and highly regarded for their expertise in the field of leveraged finance.’

‘Cedric van den Borren and Antoine Lebienvenu are partners that make a difference. They deliver best in class service.’

‘Kirkland London team advises us when we issue bonds.’

‘Kirkland is exceptionally good as far as bonds are concerned.’

‘They are efficient, responsive, professional and reliable. There are probably cheaper options out there but Kirkland is worth the money.’

‘Our main contact is Matt Merkle. Matt is an outstanding lawyer. He is professional, friendly and reliable. In almost 2 years I don’t think there’s been a single time when he did not answer my email within 30 minutes. This includes weekends and holidays. Matt is exceptionally hard working and he always delivers.’

‘Kirkland does many things well, but really stand out in its thoughtful and proactive approach. They go above and beyond to be problem solvers versus just taking a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to a given situation.’

‘I see Bill Burke as a real difference maker. He has the ability to seemingly be in five different places at once and always in a position to provide thoughtful feedback. I think that really sets the tone for the whole team at Kirkland.’

Key clients

Option Care Health, Inc.

Iliad Holding S.A.S.

PAI Partners

Centerbridge Partners

APCOA Parking

United Group B.V.

Sani/Ikos Financial Holdings 1 S.à r.l.

Pizza Express

Bain Capital Parts Holding Europe

Credit Suisse Securities

Goldman Sachs Bank Europe

J.P. Morgan

Investindustrial Industries S.A.

Transcom Holding AB (publ)

GoldenTree Asset Management

Maxeda DIY Holding

Compact Bidco B.V.

L Catterton

CBR Fashion Group

Nexi S.p.A.

Strategic Value Partners (UK) LLP

TI Fluid Systems Plc

Car, Inc.

Partners Group

Spa Holdings 3 Oy

LSF9 Balta Issuer S.à r.l.

SVPGlobal

Work highlights

  • Advised Iliad Holding S.A.S., a company controlled by Xavier Niel, in connection with the debt financing of the simplified public tender offer for the shares of Iliad S.A., a company listed on Euronext Paris.
  • Advised Pizza Express on its offering of £335 million of bonds and entry into its new super senior revolving credit facility.
  • Advised L Catterton in the offering of €430,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% Senior Notes due 2029 as part of the financing for the acquisition of the Birkenstock Group.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP remains one of the most prominent firms in the London private funds space, with expertise handling bulge-bracket fundraisings for household names in this area. The team is highly active in private equity, drawing on the firm’s outstanding reputation in this sector, and also wins mandates to handle the establishment of credit, infrastructure and special situation funds. The group boasts additional expertise in ESG-focused funds, with the addition of Ruth Knox, who joined the firm in September 2021 from Linklaters LLP, further strengthening its offering in this area. Department head Richard Watkins takes the lead on private equity fundraisings and is ‘thoughtful, calm and measured’, while Anand Damodaran has a broad practice across PE, credit and infrastructure and offers ‘extremely strong technical skills’. Other key partners in the sizeable team include Christopher Braunack and Andrew Shore, who also receives praise from clients. Amala Ejikeme ‘takes the initiative to solve complex issues’ and has experience across both conventional and more novel fund structures. Beyond primary fundraisings, the team is well-regarded for its work on secondaries deals, with Theodore Cardos and Aleksander Bakic, who joined from Akin Gump LLP in January 2022, the key names in this area. Edward Prestwich joined the firm in March 2021 from Macfarlanes LLP, while Amy Fox joined in October 2021 from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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

‘The differentiation of Kirkland is access to partners. At many other firms it is actually quite hard to get to speak with partners. Their knowledge of the market is a good as any other firm and far better than most. When we speak to them it they feel like friends and partners totally committed to our success, not just our legal advisors.’

‘Jeremy Leggate has outstanding technical knowledge and strategic advice. Always responds quickly whatever the time of day or night. Even though he is a partner very accessible and has a friendly style with strong inter personal skills. Similar applies to associate David Pritchett.’

‘The depth of their team is what makes them stand out – across the funds team but also the wider tax and regulatory teams. You get on point, commercial advice across the board, and high quality support from the associates, trainees and paralegals who are responsive, knowledgeable and organised.’

‘Andy Shore is our day to day lead, and he is a fantastic resource – always available, always on top of things and commercial when it matters. He is also great at coordinating across different teams and making sure we have clear and consistent communication channels.’

‘The Kirkland team advise us on our private credit fundraising activities. They have a high level of expertise in this space and have played a key role in helping us to develop this relatively new area of our business. The team bring a good balance of senior level advice on complex issues and strong execution from more junior lawyers.’

‘Anand Damodaran is a highly experienced and knowledgable partner with an excellent commercial understanding of the private credit space and extremely strong technical skills which have been very valuable as we have developed this part of our business.’

‘The Kirkland Private Funds practice is a leader in London. They are highly efficient and provide extremely valuable advice both on technical and commercial aspects.’

‘Richard Watkins leads the team very well, but is also highly responsive when required himself. He is thoughtful, calm and measured. Amala Ejikeme is very effective and takes the initiative to solve complex issues.’

Key clients

BC Partners

Chorus Capital

FSN

GHO Capital

IK

Inflexion Private Equity

Livingbridge

JPM

Nordic Capital

Pollen Street

Work highlights

  • Advised BC Partners on the closing of BC European Capital XI, its 11th flagship fund.
  • Advised Inflexion on the formation of Inflexion Buyout Fund VI, which recently held its final closing at its GBP2.5 billion hard cap.
  • Advised GHO Capital on the recent closing of GHO Capital III, its third fund, with available commitments in excess of EUR2 billion.

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

Led by ‘colossus on the international IP scene’ Nicola Dagg, who oversees a ‘Rolls-Royce service’, the Kirkland & Ellis International LLP patent practice continues to grow in size and expertise. Excelling in transatlantic mandates in the life sciences sector, the team has established itself as a trusted adviser to some of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals, telecoms, technology and tobacco companies. London group head Emma Flett is the key contact in the team for transactional IP matters, covering a wide range of industries. Jin Ooi is notable for his patent litigation practice, particularly in the biotechnology sector, alongside Katie Coltart. Peter Pereira was recently promoted to partner, focusing on high-tech patent litigation, while Daniel Lim is particularly strong in medical device and telecom disputes, and Steven Baldwin has a strong track record in SEP and FRAND litigation. At the associate level, Gabriella Bornstein is also recommended and has extensive trial experience.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett

Testimonials

‘An excellent team delivering a first-rate service. All aspects of a case are thoroughly considered arriving at a fully thought out strategy. Team members are intelligent, commercial and tenacious.’

‘Nicola Dagg is an excellent team leader who brings wisdom and commercial insight. Jin Ooi is highly intelligent and conscientious, great to work with. Stephen Baldwin is intelligent and reassuring – clients know they are in excellent hands. Peter Pereira is great to work with. Daniel Lim is clever, engaged and commercial.’

‘Incredibly hardworking, diligent and reliable team.’

‘High quality legal analysis, thorough understanding of procedure and excellent work ethic. Gabriella Bornstein is reliable, charming and exceptionally sharp. Steven Baldwin is an asset to any legal team, with an eye for details.’

‘Kirkland’s London office has a broad and capable IP team which has grown in recent years. They handle all types of IP, with a particular focus on the big patent cases from both the pharma and telecoms fields. The team is driven by Nicola Dagg who injects a spirit of proaction and innovation. A key strength is the sheer work ethic of the team: those at Kirkland are expected to commit heavily to the job.’

‘Peter Pereira is a relatively new partner but with great promise. Peter carries with him judgment beyond his years. He has an astute perception of the judge’s likely view which informs his decisions in litigation.’

‘The Kirkland team has broad strength both at lower, middle and upper levels of seniority of very experienced and capable lawyers in global patent litigation. Particular strength comes from the strategic planning and analysis of multi-jurisdictional patent litigation matters, spearheaded by the senior partners and well-supported by experienced and intelligent associates.’

‘Intelligent, personable, flexible, responsive, and always professional. Nicola Dagg and Daniel Lim are standout partners. Nadia Spiccia is a standout associate. Strongly recommended.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Lenovo

Alcon

Novartis

Meril Life Sciences

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

TCL Corporation

Pfizer

Xiaomi

AutoStore

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Inc. (ASSIA)

Samsung Electronics

BBC Studies & Britbox

Viatris

Advanced Bionics / Sonova

Motorola Mobility

Bain Capital Private Equity

Patient Square Capital

TPG Rise Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for AutoStore in a cross-Atlantic multi-patent infringement dispute commenced against Ocado Group in the UK and the US.
  • Representing Lenovo in a major worldwide SEP/FRAND licensing dispute between InterDigital and Lenovo/Motorola Mobility with parallel proceedings in the UK, US and China.
  • Advising and representing Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, and Viatris against the NHS in relation to a follow-on damages inquiry, one of the first to be heard before the Patents Court.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has a globalised tax service, with particular aptitude in private equity transactional and fund construction. The department is increasingly active in the M&A sphere, where notable matters include the £2.322bn public to private acquisition of Aggreko plc by Albion Acquisitions. The practice is co-led by Jonathan Kandel and Timothy Lowe. Kandel advises on private equity, credit, real estate and infrastructure issues, while Lowe covers M&A transactions and corporate finance on behalf of clients such as Blackstone, Oaktree and Ares Capital Management. Mavnick Nerwal handles public and private M&A transactions, reorganisations and reconstructions. Ian Ferreria and Frixos Hatjantonas are also key individuals within the team. New additions to the team are Alexander Cox, who joined from Ashurst in August 2022, and Peter Abbott, from Macfarlanes LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kandel; Timothy Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The K&E team are experts in private equity fund raising and the relevant negotiations that need to take place to make this happen. They are market leaders in this, being fast, efficient and highly technical. The team will work hard to deliver for the needs of the client, but are not afraid to push back on client instruction, suggesting alternate commercial plans.’

‘Ian Ferreira is very practical while also being detail oriented. In giving advice he is clear in his verbal reasoning, supporting the conclusions reached and giving confidence that the right outcome has been secured.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Inflexion Partners

Oaktree

Park Square Capital

Tailwind International

TPG Real Estate

Brookfield Asset Management

Orion Capital Managers

Antin Infrastructure Partners

EQT AB

Starwood Capital Group

Albion Acquisitions Limited, a company owned by funds managed by I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC and TDR Capital LLP

TDR Capital

Vista Equity Partners and Hg

KKR and a consortium of other investors

Cobham

Polestar

Noble Corporation

Thoma Bravo

EQT backed IVC

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland the sale of its portfolio company United Petfood from its sixth fund to a continuation fund.
  • Advising UK mid-market Inflexion Partners (a new client of the firm) on the raise of its sixth buyout fund.
  • Advised Oaktree on the structuring and fund formation of Oaktree Opportunities Fund XI.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 2

The Kirkland & Ellis International LLP investment funds group is headed by the ‘super-skilled’ Jonathan Tadd, who has a strong reputation for his knowledge of real estate fund products, in addition to other asset classes. His experience includes working on both local and international investment funds. The team is experienced in advising notable investors on the establishment, formation and restructuring of ultra-high-value funds; it is well-versed in advising UK-based, pan-European and global investors. Benjamin Harding is a noteworthy team member, representing a range of top-tier real estate sponsors on an array of sophisticated investments. Alan Skerritt specialises in advising clients on closed and open-ended investment funds and co-investments across the range of asset classes, with a real estate specialism.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tadd

Other key lawyers:

Alan Skerrit; Benjamin Harding; Carolina Barry-Laso; Alex Brodkin; Louisa Cobbe; Catherine Gokah

Testimonials

‘A market leader in establishing funds in both Europe and the US, with expertise and experience within all relevant topics (fundraising, regulatory, tax etc.) as well as with different fund vehicles and structures.’

‘Jonathan Tadd is super skilled and has deep insights in the P&E fund space. Very knowledgeable and extremely commercially minded. He and his team have improved our fund offerings significantly. Alex Brodkin has an eye for the detail and is very diligent. With him on your team you will be sure never to leave money on the table.’

‘Commercial, committed and collaborative – generally the team is focused on getting the right outcome for the client rather than fighting legal points.’

‘I have found the Kirkland team to be professional, commercial and responsive. They bring a sense of team spirit to our project and are always ready and willing to be adaptable when timings change. Carolina Barry-Laso is always very professional while being collaborative and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Market insight and leading fund terms.’

‘Commitment to product and technical perfection.’

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

Offering significant cross-border investigations expertise, the team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP works with a global client base spanning multiple key sectors on a combination of internal investigations and regulatory compliance advisory matters, alongside high-stakes interactions with regulatory agencies relating to allegations of money laundering, fraud, and corruption. The firm has experience in dealing with key UK agencies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, and FRC, as well as US and European enforcement bodies, and has notable strengths in three-cornered sanctions cases where clients face sanctions in all three key jurisdictions, as well as advice to private equity funds and portfolio companies. Satnam Tumani, whose expertise encompasses internal and external corporate investigations and regulatory compliance advice on a global basis, leads the team alongside Marcus Thompson, a specialist in financial crime who has been particularly active on complex global sanctions mandates. Andrew Butel  is a key name within the team for multinational investigations, acting for a combination of listed companies and international businesses, while managing associate Patrick Navein continues to bolster his reputation for investigations and corporate compliance work in the fields of economic sanctions, AML, and corruption.

Practice head(s):

Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Butel; Patrick Navein

Testimonials

‘Outstanding experience and attention to detail from teams headed by Satnam Tumani makes them difficult to beat.’

‘Satnam Tumani has enormous experience of fraud and corruption. His understanding of the area is deep and extensive. He leads his teams well. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘This is a very well drilled team. They think of everything, in depth, many moves ahead of the opposition. If you want to win, this is the team to hire.’

‘No one knows the SFO like Satnam Tumani. It’s like having a double agent working for you. Patrick Navein is very bright, analytical and always develops an encyclopedic knowledge of any case he is working on – superb.’

‘an outstanding firm with fantastic credibility – they are among the very best of the best’

‘Satnam Tumani – formidable advocat with huge attention to detail and strategic vision. Andy Butel – a great team leader and extremely easy to deal with – massively committed and dedicated.’

‘Practical, positive and hard working.’

‘Excellent hard working team with years of white collar expertise.’

Work highlights

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

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's team is headed up by Lisa Cawley, a lawyer especially adept in the regulatory aspects of transactions, compliance matters and assisting private investment funds; her team was recently bolstered by the January 2022 arrival of Julia Dixon from Linklaters LLP, a move which strengthens the team’s already reputed asset management and private equity capabilities. Elsewhere, Adam Skinner delivers regulatory and risk-management advice to major funds and Deirdre Haugh is well-regarded for UK and EU regulations such as FSMA, MiFID II and AIFMD.

    Practice head(s):

    Lisa Cawley

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Lisa Cawley and Adam Skinner are recommended.’

    ‘The team provides a stellar legal service across the board: responsive, polished and, above all, always pragmatic. No matter how large or complex the matter or how compressed the timeframe, I have confidence that K&E will deliver. K&E has seamlessly handled any cross-border aspects of our matters (of which there are many), either through its own offices or via its network of local counsel contacts.’

    ‘Prem Mohan makes the complexities of UK and EU financial services regulation perfectly navigable. He is incredibly responsive and gives total commitment to any mandate.’

    Key clients

    Warburg Pincus

    Blackstone

    Apex Acquisition Company Limited

    GTCR

    H.I.G Capital

    Lion Capital

    Starwood Capital

    Nordic Capital

    Vitruvian Partners

    AJAX I

    TPG Capital

    GHO Capital

    Thoma Bravo

    KKR

    HPS Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners

    EQT Partners

    GI Partners

    Hellman & Friedman

    Flexpoint Ford

    Inflexion

    Work highlights

    • Represented AJAX I on the regulatory aspects of its business combination agreement with Cazoo Holdings Limited.
    • Represented new client Preservation Capital Partners in its acquisition of Parmenion Capital Partners.
    • Represented Flexpoint Ford in its recommended cash acquisition of AFH Financial Group Plc.

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s ‘highly experienced‘ London international arbitration team routinely acts for major clients in arbitrations involving governments and jurisdictions across the globe. ‘Highly skilled‘ commercial and investor-state arbitration specialist Rajinder Bassi leads the London arbitration practice; and Jon Newman conducts institutional arbitrations around the world, and is increasingly taking lead roles on matters previously led by former partner and London practice head Christopher Colbridge, who retired from the firm in February 2022. Also integral to the team, international investment disputes expert Philipp Kurek, ‘a superb tactician and fantastic lawyer‘, acts in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

    Practice head(s):

    Rajinder Bassi

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘A highly experienced arbitration team across a range of arbitral bodies. Highly capable lawyers, who are flexible and dynamic, and can cope with the most complex of disputes; and while technically very able, they are also excellent at taking an approach that is rooted in sound commercial judgement, and which is most likely to get a satisfactory resolution of the case (or to be attractive to the arbitral tribunal).’

    Strength in depth with high-calibre individuals at all levels of seniority.’

    ‘Rajinder Bassi is highly skilled at running a team, and a calm and reassuring presence.’

    ‘Rajinder Bassi stands out. A very able lawyer who is highly experienced. She steers the case calmly, and with great skill and excellent judgement even in the most tense and difficult of contentious situations.’

    ‘Lead partner Rajinder Bassi marks this practice. She has the ear of her clients, as a person whose advice in difficult commercial situations they can trust and rely upon.’

    ‘Philipp Kurek provides excellent ideas while developing matters in his charge.’

    ‘Philipp Kurek is truly excellent. He handles cases with ease and is a joy to work with.’

    ‘Philipp Kurek and Rajinder Bassi are both very strong in this area. Philipp, in particular, is a superb tactician and fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases and of international arbitration.’

    Key clients

    Agility Group

    Ping An Insurance Company of China

    Dow Chemical

    EN+ Group

    General Motors

    Samsung Electronics Company

    Work highlights

    • Representing a global logistics company in an investor-state arbitration against a South American state, in relation to economic measures targeting the investor’s customs infrastructure investment.
    • Representing a global construction equipment company in connection with political risk insurance claims, arising out of defaults on loans caused by political instability.
    • Representing a pharmaceutical company in complex damages claims, arising out of breaches of a distribution agreement.

    Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP fields a ‘great team with real depth of technical knowledge and litigation experience’. The group remains prominent in life sciences patent litigation, acting for a high-profile client roster of pharmaceutical clients including Pfizer and Novartis. The ‘clever, engaged and commercialDaniel Lim and ‘force of natureNicola Dagg lead the team’s IP litigation expertise and Emma Flett is at the helm on the transactional front. Clients also praise ‘sharp strategistJin Ooi and ‘fast thinkerKatie Coltart.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Lim; Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett

    Other key lawyers:

    Jin Ooi; Katie Coltart; Steven Baldwin

    Testimonials

    ‘Great team with real depth of technical knowledge and litigation experience.’

    ‘Daniel Lim – clever, engaged and commercial. Has great technical understanding as well as litigation-sense.’

    ‘The Kirkland team has great strength in IP cases. Led by the highly dynamic force of nature that is Nicola Dagg, clients love them and come back regularly. You only have to the look at the cases they are in and the clients they represent to see how well regarded they are. The other partners are equally strong and the associates are hardworking and bright.’

    ‘Daniel Lim is excellent on technical cases. Jin Ooi has as a nose for a good point. Steve Baldwin is a great lawyer who easily gets to grips with the most complex of cases.’

    ‘Katie Coltart is one of the more senior partners within the team. She is very bright and has a real knack for bringing through the client’s story into the litigation.’

    ‘The Kirkland team has broad strength both at lower, middle and upper levels of seniority of very experienced and capable lawyers in global patent litigation. Particular strength comes from the strategic planning and analysis of multi-jurisdictional patent litigation matters, spearheaded by the senior partners and well supported by experienced and intelligent associates.’

    ‘Jin Ooi is great to work with. He’s extremely responsive, his attention to detail to second to none and gets the bigger picture straight away. Highly recommend for patent infringement matters’

    ‘Nicola Dagg and Daniel Lim have well deserved reputations as patent litigators and strategists. Nicola is rightly regarded as one of the top patent litigators in Europe. She has strong relationships with top litigators across Europe and knows the nuances of patent litigation in key jurisdictions. Daniel is our go to person for all day to day interactions. He is fully immersed in all the details as well as on top of the big picture strategy of the case. He has all the qualities of a top class litigator.’

    Key clients

    British American Tobacco (reduced risk products)

    Alcon

    Novartis

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pfizer

    Viatris

    Abbott Laboratories

    GSK

    Meril Life Sciences

    Sonova / Advanced Bionics

    Patient Square Capital

    Work highlights

    • Representing British American Tobacco group companies in patent revocation and infringement proceedings in the UK against Philip Morris Products concerning both parties’ nicotine delivery devices.
    • Advising and 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. It will be the first damages inquiry of its kind in the UK.
    • Representing the Alcon in global patent infringement litigation against Johnson & Johnson concerning surgical laser systems for cataract surgery.

    Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is noted for its strong sponsor-side practice, which attracts mandates from leading European and US-based private funds operating across a wide range of asset classes, including infrastructure, buyouts, real estate, tech, debt and secondaries. Receiving strong praise from clients is practice head Susannah Amini, who is rated for her practical approach’ and ‘experience across the full range of fund financing products, including capital calls, NAV lending, USPP debt and GP facilities’. Also recommended is Parisa Clovis, who focuses on sponsor-side representations.

    Practice head(s):

    Susannah Amini

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Susannah Amini is very knowledgeable and has good experience across the full range of fund financing products, including capital calls, NAV lending, USPP debt and GP facilities.’

    ‘Susannah has a practical approach with a good feel for what is achievable. She does not raise frivolous points, with real focus on what is commercially material whilst maintaining pressure to get the best result for us.’

    ‘Their practical approach leads to high quality advice delivered quickly. The approach not only provides a better result than other lawyers we have used, but also leads to lower fees due to efficiency.’

    ‘Susannah has been available on demand, with an exceptional willingness to carve out time, no matter how anti-social, to keep pressure on processes.’

    Key clients

    Apax Partners

    Basalt Infrastructure

    EMR Capital

    Ergon Capital

    GHO Capital

    GLP

    Henderson Park

    HgCapital

    Highland Capital

    Inflexion

    Investindustrial

    L Catterton

    Lion Capital

    Montagu Private Equity

    Nordic Capital

    PAI Partners

    Starwood

    Trilantic Capital Management

    Vitruvian Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advised Inflexion Buyout Fund VI , a 2022 -vintage fund with £2.5bn in commitments, on an ESG-linked capital call facility.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has gained a reputation for supporting private equity firms on their real estate finance transactions, from acquisitions and developments to restructurings and disposals across a wide range of asset classes, including data centres, healthcare, logistics, hotels and leisure, office, residential, and student accommodation. The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ Jonathan Birks leads the team with a strong practice, advising private equity and credit fund clients on restructurings, distressed investing and loan origination. Kazik Michalski also has a thriving practice for private equity clients and skilfully handles cross-border mandates. Usman Khan joined the firm from Paul Hastings LLP in September 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The Kirkland & Ellis team provide invaluable support.’

    ‘The team are hands on, commercial and able to marry both great attention to detail and an ability to distil key points to non-legal minds.’

    ‘Well connected team that work cohesively within and across deals.’

    ‘Highly commercial and enjoyable to work with!’

    ‘Jonny Birks is highly knowledgeable, skilled, commercial, proactive, pragmatic and fun.’

    ‘Kazik Michalski is disciplined, calm and motivated with a can-do attitude.’

    ‘Jonny Birks has been an exceptional support to clients’ businesses, providing both legal and commercial advice. He is always on hand and available, impeccably committed and ready and able to cover the detail and stand back and appreciate the bigger picture.’

    Key clients

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Bain Capital Credit

    Blackstone

    Brookfield

    Centerbridge Partners

    GIC

    GLP

    Node

    TPG Real Estate

    KKR

    Oakview Group

    Eagle Street

    Edyn Limited

    Capital & Regional PLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented KKR and GIP on the European financing for their public-to-private acquisition of NASDAQ-listed CyrusOne Inc. for approximately USD15bn.
    • Represented Brookfield in the financing for its successful public-to-private acquisition of alstria office REIT-AG for c.EUR4.7bn.
    • Represented GIC Private Markets Private on its acquisition and subsequent financing of a portfolio of European logistics assets valued at more than EUR3bn.

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

    Fielding a highly regarded team of talented partners, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP‘s London practice is reputed for its strength in big-ticket, multi-jurisdictional mergers and consequent investigative proceedings. In recent months, the team has advised on transactions facing varying degrees of regulator scrutiny, working with blue-chip clients from the worlds of TMT, natural resources, and financial services. The ‘immensely valuable’ practice head Paula Riedel is praised by clients and peers alike for her far-reaching expertise in high-value transactions, regularly representing corporates before the European Commission and the CMA. The team is also noted for its nascent but prolific UK FDI filing practice, where dual-qualified (Belgian and English) Sally Evans and NSI specialist Mark Gardner are central figures. The ‘excellent’ Matthew Sinclair-Thomson works with a number of the firm’s most high-profile clients – including cybersecurity and aerospace conglomerates – while the dual-qualified (English and German) Michael Engel‘s ‘highly committed and collaborative‘ approach sees him advising on full scope of EU, German, and UK-governed competition issues. Sarah Jordan  and Annie Herdman have left the practice for Goodwin and Ropes & Gray LLP respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Paula Riedel

    Testimonials

    ‘Matthew Sinclair-Thomson is excellent. Very commercial and hardworking. Copes with complex problems with ease. Unflappable.’

    ‘Michael Engel is highly committed and very collaborative.’

    ‘Matthew Sinclair-Thomson was first class. Approachable, dependable and readily available. The advice was exceptional and very practical.’

    ‘The team’s accessibility, experience and practical guidance was incredibly valuable to us when considering an acquisition with global competition considerations.’

    ‘Paula Riedel’s expertise completely shines – she is a stand out lawyer whose guidance was both practical and immensely valuable, and she was clearly respected by all involved in the transaction (including the competition authorities). Matthew Sinclair-Thomson also provided measured and well considered guidance. Together they make a formidable team and were a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Their knowledge and experience, both in terms of the industry we operate in as well the applicable legislation ensured that they asked the minimum amount of questions to us and required the minimum of information from us to make a solid determination what was necessary.’

    ‘We were very impressed by Sally Evans’ knowledge and the speed at which she answered questions and rendered support.’

    Key clients

    Norton LifeLock Inc

    Noble Corporation

    Cobham Limited

    Celanese Corporation

    EQT Partners

    American Securities LLC

    ADTRAN

    Bain Capital Private Equity

    Genstar Capital and 2020 Technologies

    Bain/ Cinven

    Arxada AG

    TDR

    SK Capital

    Intelsat

    Blackstone

    Work highlights

    • Advising NortonLifeLock on its $8.6 – $9.2 billion proposed merger with competitor Avast, including in the CMA in-depth review.
    • Acting as lead antitrust and FDI counsel to US client Noble in connection with the proposed acquisition of its Danish rival Maersk Drilling, which will create one of the largest offshore drilling companies in the world and remains subject to scrutiny by the CMA.
    • Representing Cobham on the proposed UK public takeover of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (“Ultra”). Kirkland is handling the UK national security review under the Public Interest Intervention Notice.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

    Following the retirement of Christopher Colbridge in February 2022, Rajinder Bassi - who is singled out by one client as 'highly skilled at running a team' - stepped into the practice leadership position at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. The firm maintains its reputation for excellence in the representation of private equity shops and in the handling of restructuring-related litigation. The arrival of Stuart Doxford from Simmons & Simmons in March 2022 further strengthened this group of 'exceptional quality' practitioners.

    Practice head(s):

    Rajinder Bassi

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Boynton; Jon Newman; Noah Stewart-Ornstein; Stuart Doxford

    Testimonials

    ‘Rajinder Bassi is highly skilled at running a team, and a calm and reassuring presence. Noah Stewart-Ornstein is diligent and enthusiastic.’

    ‘The litigation team are dynamic and proactive. They have good technical lawyers who take a highly commercial approach, with excellent application of common sense. They are not fazed by the biggest cases or problems. They are highly responsive and also extremely good to work with. Excellent team players.’

    ‘Rajinder Bassi stands out. She is a very able lawyer and highly experienced. Always remains calm in the most tense and fast moving of litigation circumstances, and has unfailingly sound judgement. She manages difficult cases with great skill to get the result the client wants, and is a reassuring and impressive presence on the 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; 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.’

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

    ‘The Kirkland team are hugely impressive, providing the highest quality legal advice on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes. They provide advice which is to the point, and demonstrate analytical abilities that take them quickly to the real issues in any particular matter. They are a pleasure to work with, remaining accessible and proactive at all times. The support they provided was exceptional.’

    ‘ Rajinder Bassi, Richard Boynton, Noah Stewart-Ornstein are all of exceptional quality. Whilst working hard to ensure they meet their clients’ expectations and desires, they are always clear in their advice as to where the level of those expectations should be set. They are some of the highest quality litigators I have had the pleasure to work with.’

    Key clients

    Galapagos Bidco SARL

    FTV Capital

    Wyndham Destination Network LLC

    Various Bondholders of the Steinhoff Group

    Silver Point Capital

    Amoeba Issuer DAC (Bain Capital Credit)

    Liveperson Netherlands BV.

    Work highlights

    • Represented US-based private equity firm FTV Capital in a shareholder dispute before the Royal Court of Jersey and the Jersey Court of Appeal in relation to its investment in ETFS Capital.
    • Acted for Wyndham, an American holiday rental business, in a dispute with the purchaser of the European arm of its business, which was sold for $1.3bn in 2018.
    • Acting for 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 separate to) a complex $800m restructuring.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has recently made two major hires in the infrastructure space, recruiting Allen & Overy LLP practice co-head Sara Pickersgill and Clifford Chance LLP infrastructure finance partner James Boswell.

    Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is strengthening its contentious tax practice with the addition of Alexander Cox from Ashurst and Kunal Nathwani from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

    Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+

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

    The firm: Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with more than 3,000 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 18 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.

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

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    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 Rajinder Bassi
    Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Satnam Tumani
    Government, Regulatory and Internal Investigations Marcus Thompson
    Antitrust/competition Paula Riedel
    Intellectual property litigation Nicola Dagg
    Technology & Intellectual property transactions Emma Flett
    Financial services regulatory Lisa Cawley
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    Aleksander  Bakic photo Aleksander BakicAleksander Bakic is an investment funds partner in the London office of…
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    David Holdsworth photo David HoldsworthDavid is a corporate partner in our London office. His practice focusses…
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    Partha Kar photo Partha KarPartha Kar has developed a wide range of cross-border restructuring and insolvency…
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    Philipp Kurek photo Philipp KurekPhilipp Kurek is an arbitration partner in the London office of Kirkland…
    Sean Lacey photo Sean LaceySean is a partner in the restructuring group based in our London…
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    Stephen Lucas photo Stephen LucasStephen is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
    Adrian Maguire photo Adrian MaguireAdrian Maguire is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s London office. He focuses…
    Matthew Merkle photo Matthew MerkleMatthew Merkle is a capital markets partner in the London office of…
    Kazik Michalski photo Kazik MichalskiKazik F. Michalski is a partner in the debt finance practice at…
    Prem Mohan photo Prem MohanPrem Mohan is a partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
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    Mavnick Nerwal photo Mavnick NerwalMavnick is a corporate tax partner in the London office. He specialises…
    Jon Newman photo Jon NewmanJon Newman is a litigation and arbitration partner in the London office…
    Jon Newman photo Jon NewmanJon Newman is a litigation and arbitration partner in the London office…
    Kirsteen Nicol photo Kirsteen NicolKirsteen Nicol is a banking partner in the London office of Kirkland…
    Elaine Nolan photo Elaine NolanElaine Nolan is a restructuring partner in the London office of Kirkland…
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    Paula Riedel photo Paula RiedelPaula Riedel is a partner in Kirkland’s London office. Her practice spans…
    Neel Sachdev photo Neel SachdevNeel Sachdev is a partner in the London office of Kirkland &…
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    Satnam Tumani photo Satnam TumaniSatnam Tumani is a partner in Kirkland’s Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations…
    Cedric Van den Borren photo Cedric Van den BorrenCedric Van den Borren is a finance partner in the London office…
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    Evgeny  Zborovsky photo Evgeny ZborovskyEvgeny Zborovsky is a partner in the debt finance team in the…
    Number of UK partners : 147
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 253

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