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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Stephen Lucas

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Debt finance


Banking and Finance Partner. His practice focuses on advising financial sponsors and investment funds on financings, including leveraged finance, bridges, structured debt and restructurings. Stephen has worked for extended periods on secondment at Citi, Barclays Capital and HSBC in their loans and leveraged finance teams.


2014 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 2011-2014 Weil, Gotshal & Manges; 2003-2011 Linklaters; 1992-2003 Clifford Chance.


Law Society of England & Wales


University College London (LL.B, First Class 1990); University of London (LL.M, Distinction, top of the year 1991); Harvard Law School (LL.M, Fulbright Scholar 1992); College of Law, London (LPC, Distinction 1994); University of London (PhD, corporate law 2002)

London: Finance

Acquisition finance

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Lucas - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Within: Acquisition finance

Benefiting from 'unparalleled bench strength and market know-how from a sponsor perspective', Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides an 'exceptional level of service, market knowledge and acumen', and is able to 'really push the envelope for borrower clients' gaining very favourable terms for them on many of the most significant deals in the market. 'At the cutting edge of the market and constantly pushing for new technology in the documents', the team is able to handle sophisticated deals across the spectrum of financial products including senior, unitranche, term loan B (TLB) and high-yield debt financing. 'Excellent' team head Stephen Lucas has vast experience in the market enabling him to provide deep insight for sponsor clients on market trends. Lucas recently advised Partners Group on the financing aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in French clinical pathology lab operator Cerba HealthCare from PAI Partners. The 'uniquely talented' Neel Sachdev has 'an amazing knowledge of the market and stands head and shoulders above most other lawyers at the grid stages and dealing with the banks'. Sachdev handles big-ticket and mid-market mandates for a range of sponsors including Bain Capital and Apax Partners, the latter with which he recently advised on the financing to facilitate its acquisition of a majority stake in UK-based luxury fashion brand MATCHESFASHION.COM. The 'excellent' Christopher Shield handles a raft of work for Advent International including advising it and its portfolio company Oberthur Technologies on the financing for the acquisition, with Bpifrance, of identity and security product maker Safran I&S and the refinancing of Oberthur Technologies existing financing. Michael Steele is also recommended. Other clients include Lone Star, TDR Capital and Apax Partners.

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