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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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James S. Rowe is a partner in the corporate transactional group with more than 25 years of experience in corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and the representation of public and private companies in a wide array of corporate and securities matters. Jim represents a broad range of clients, with a principal focus on representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies in capital markets transactions, including IPOs and public and private offerings of high yield and investment grade debt, and in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including leveraged buyouts and “going private” transactions. Jim has considerable experience in advising both seasoned and newly public companies on securities and corporate governance matters and routinely advises directors and officers on fiduciary responsibilities and disclosure obligations.


Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1991); University of Illinois (A.B., 1988, magna cum laude).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Corporate powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to increase its share of high-yield debt transactions. The issuer-focused practice now ranks second in the country by annual deal value for high-yield deals and it attracts many of the headline multibillion-dollar offerings that come to market. The group’s ability to link up with the wider firm’s premier private equity practice is a significant asset in this space, while its broad institutional client base ensures it is experienced across a comprehensive range of industry sectors. New York-based Joshua Korff is widely acknowledged as a leading light and primarily represents private equity sponsors and public companies on on high-yield deals. New York’s Richard Aftanas focuses on advising issuers on a mix of public and private finance transactions, including high-yield offerings. In Los Angeles, Philippa Bond regularly acts for a broad mix of issuers, sponsors and underwriters in capital markets matters. Additional contacts include Christian Nagler and Sophia Hudson in New York as well as Chicago-based James Rowe.