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

Work Department

Capital markets

Position

Matthew Merkle is a capital markets partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Matthew represents private equity sponsors, issuers and investment banks in high yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and other complex financings in Europe, the United States and emerging markets.

Career

2013 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 2012-2013 Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.; 2008-2012 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Education

Harvard Law School (JD, 2008); Vanderbilt University (BA, 2003)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > High yield

(Leading individuals)

Matthew MerkleKirkland & Ellis International LLP

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.