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David Higgins is a partner in Kirkland’s corporate practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He advises private equity funds and other financial investor clients on all types of cross border leveraged M&A including public and private acquisitions, carve-outs, take privates, consortium deals, distressed acquisitions and disposals.

David regularly acts for BC Partners, Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Cinven, GIC (Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund), Hellman & Friedman, Partners Group and The Carlyle Group.


2018 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 2001-2018 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


The University of Law, Chester (Law Society Finals 1991); Exeter University (LL.B.Hons 1990)

Lawyer Rankings

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

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David HigginsKirkland & Ellis International LLP

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.