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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
601 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Career

Laura Steinke is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Laura focuses on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in the structuring and negotiation of leveraged buyouts, mergers and, joint ventures, strategic investments and dispositions, as well as general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Laura practiced for several years in the New York office of a leading U.S. firm and in the Sydney office of a top Australian firm.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a powerhouse, handling a steady stream of sponsor-led private equity deals throughout the bulge-bracket and middle market on behalf of the major players in the field, including KKR, Blackstone, Bain, and BC Partners, among others. The firm has a strong presence across the US, with active offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and further is able to work in collaboration with its global platform alongside integrated finance, tech, and regulatory teams. Alongside buyouts and exits, the team also advises on complex and innovative arrangements, including SPAC deals and continuation fund transactions, leveraging its fund formation capabilities for the latter. Key names in the team include global chairman Jon Ballis in Chicago, an authority on private equity issues who continues to act on major deals for the likes of Cerberus and TPG, Peter Martelli, who has led buyouts and portfolio company deals for Blackstone and BC Partners, and Eunu Chun, an experienced dealmaker with expertise across the life-cycle of private equity investments. Jennifer Perkins has a strong record in domestic and cross-border buyouts and exits, with standout work on behalf of KKR. Laura Steinke joined the firm from Ropes & Gray LLP in September 2021, and is noted for her international expertise and prolific deal count. Jonathan Benloulou divides his time between Los Angeles and Dallas, and specializes in asset manager M&A. Also in Los Angeles, Damon Fisher is a key name for SPAC deals. Attorneys are in New York unless otherwise stated.