Mr Manas Chandrashekar > Kirkland & Ellis > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis
Hong Kong

Work Department

Debt Finance




Manas Chandrashekar is a partner in the debt finance team in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. Manas has a broad range of experience acting for international and regional sponsors/borrowers on complex international financing transactions, with an emphasis on acquisition and leveraged financings, investment fund financings, and real estate financings. Manas has acted for various leading PE sponsors including BPEA EQT , Partners Group, Bain, Apax, Advent, Warburg Pincus, Brookfield, KKR, Blackstone and Platinum Equity. Manas has extensive experience of financings across Asia, including in particular in India and South East Asia where he has led on a large number of complicated and innovative financings.


Cornell Law School, LL.M., 2003

National Law School of India University, B.A.; LL.B., Honours, 2002

Lawyer Rankings

China > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Offering best-in-class advice and seamless deal execution‘, Kirkland & Ellis‘ banking and finance team in Asia is widely lauded for its representation of private equity sponsors, as well as the practice’s credit fund work. The Hong Kong-based practice is jointly led by Manas Chandrashekar and Jacqueline Zheng, an expert in cross-border acquisition and structured financing, direct lending, and special situations deals. Another active adviser is Karen Ho, who acts for global private equity sponsors on financings.

Hong Kong > Banking and finance

Benefitting from capabilities that are ‘second to none in terms of thought leadership and structuring innovation’, the banking and finance team at Kirkland & Ellis specialises not only in debt financing but also in broader interconnected investment and finance matters. The team frequently provides advice to private equity sponsors, credit funds, and corporate investors across a range of debt products. Co-led by Manas Chandrashekar, who is highly sought after by prominent sponsors and borrowers for complex international financing transactions with a focus on acquisition and leveraged financings, and Jacqueline Zheng, who recently represented some of the region’s largest private equity sponsors in high-profile LBO transactions, the practice excels. Other key figures include Karen Ho, who concentrates on advising global private equity sponsors in leveraged finance and structured financing transactions, and Gautam Agarwal, who played a recent role in Baring Private Equity Asia’s (BPEA) take-private of Gonko International, a transaction that stands as the largest Taiwan take-private deal in the consumer sector to date.