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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Key areas of expertise for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 12-partner tax group include private equity transactions, real estate, credit transactions, restructuring and fund formation. Drawing on the firm's transatlantic presence, the group is most noted for advising US clients, but it also handles work for clients based in the UK and Europe, with a focus on private equity and financial sponsors. In 2018, the group, which is led by Jonathan Kandel, welcomed Alan Walker from Linklaters LLP, cross-border private equity and M&A specialist Jan Hobbs from Clifford Chance LLP and Chris Smale from an in-house position at Z Investment Partners.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kandel

Other key lawyers:Timothy Lowe; Dulcie Daly; Alan Walker; Jan Hobbs; Chris Smale; Ian Ferreira; Frixos Hatjantonas


'They are a very market focused and commercial team of professionals'

'They are very thorough, take time to understand our business and what we are trying to achieve and invariably go the extra mile to ensure we get the right result'

'They are very open and transparent and will tell you if something is not possible'

Key Clients



TDR Capital

The Carlyle Group

BC Partners


Apax Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised GLP (a global provider of modern logistics facilities and technology-led solutions) in establishing GLP Continental Europe Development Partners I (GLP CDP I).
  • Advised Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium on their acquisition of UK Network Rail’s commercial business estate
  • Advised Rhône Group, on its strategic partnership with Eurazeo SE, a publicly listed private equity firm based in Paris
Leading individuals

Jonathan Kandel - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†has a particular strength in merger control reviews of high-value transactions. The team has a strong presence in the private equity space, but recent work highlights also demonstrate its involvement in other sectors such as pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, technology, chemicals, consumer goods and financial services. Notably, the London-based group cooperates with its US counterpart, but is also able to rely on the significant ‚Äėbest friends‚Äô network it has developed internationally. Paula Riedel¬†heads the department, where Sarah Jordan¬†and Sally Southwell¬†are also highly recommended. The team is growing: most recently, November 2018 saw Thomas Wilson¬†join from¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Associate Annie Herdman¬†is noted.

Practice head(s):Paula Riedel

Other key lawyers:Sarah Jordan; Sally Southwell; Thomas Wilson


Unmatchable expertise in merger control matters

A strong team that does exceptional work

Besides its full dedication to providing high-quality services, Kirkland & Ellis’ team is also committed to understanding the client’s industry

With high-quality work comparable to Magic Circle firms’, the team has achieved a good balance between complex UK and EC merger work

Paula Riedel is very persuasive and strong in legal arguments but at the same time, she also remains calm and understanding

Sarah Jordan has a great strategic mind coupled with good business orientation

Paula Riedel and Sarah Jordan are friendly and experienced

Sally Southwell and Thomas Wilson are emerging talents

Sally Southwell is an outstanding lawyer

Key Clients

Accuride Corporation

Bain Capital

Bristol-Myers Squibb


Valeo Foods


Centerbridge Partners

Spectrum Brands

The Boeing Company


Vista Equity Partners

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries


SK Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline on its agreement with Pfizer to combine the companies' healthcare businesses into a new world-leading joint venture, valued at $12.7bn.
  • Advised Accuride Corporation, a US-based supplier of wheel-end components and steel and aluminium wheels, on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Mefro Wheels.
  • Acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb in relation to its $74bn acquisition of Celgene.
  • Advising Bain Capital on multiple matters across Europe, the US and Asia, including the client's acquisitions of Reifen Krieg and DSM Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised Valeo Foods, a portfolio company of CapVest, on the £127m acquisition of Tangerine Confectionery.
Leading individuals

Paula Riedel - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Sarah Jordan - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sally Southwell - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rising stars

Annie Herdman - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The 'consistently excellent' Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's¬†regulatory practice advises banks, insurers and consumer credit businesses on a range of matters, including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive¬† (AIFMD) and other UK/EEA regulatory issues, including MiFID II. The firm specialises in cross-border issues and is acting as regulatory counsel for many leading sponsor clients. Practice head Lisa Cawley¬†is a 'thoughtful, knowledgable safe pair of hands' whose past experience includes advising fintech company FNZ and funds advised by HIG Capital and General Atlantic on regulatory issues around their agreement to sell their investment in FNZ to La Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec and Generation Investment Management LLP.¬† The 'infinitely practical and helpful' Adam Skinner¬†has experience in financial regulation and funds matters, with a particular focus on regulatory issues arising within the private investment fund industry. Also notable in the team are Prem Mohan, who is known for advising fund sponsors and other regulated firms on all aspects of UK and EU financial services regulation; and associate Deirdre Haugh, who is experienced in FCA and EU single market legislation.

Practice head(s):Lisa Cawley

Other key lawyers:Prem Mohan; Deirdre Haugh; Adam Skinner


'Accessible and responsive and can always be relied on to deliver trusted and workable solutions'

'Strikes a perfect balance between technical knowledge, with a keen sense of what the regulator expects, and finding appropriate commercial outcomes for the client'

'Great understanding of clients and market'

'Lisa Cawley can always be counted on for practical advice and solutions'

'Adam Skinner has the gift of being able to explain complex areas of regulation in a digestible way'

Key Clients

Apollo Global Management  /  Apollo Management International

ABRY Partners II, LLC

CC Capital Partners, LLC.  Cannae Holdings and Thomas H. Lee Partners

H.I.G. Capital and General Atlantic

Lion Capital LLP

Starwood Capital Advisors

Starr Investment Holdings and ACA Compliance Group

Sun Capital Partners / Sun European Partners

Summit Partners, L.P. and Summit Partners LLP

TPG Europe

The Blackstone Group International Partners

TowerBrook Partners


Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Starr Investment Holdings (“Starr”) and ACA Compliance Group (“ACA”), on ACA’s acquisition of Cordium, a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance products and services, from Ares.
  • Advised an investment consortium led by CC Capital, Cannae Holdings and Thomas H. Lee Partners on its agreement to acquire Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB).
  • Represented private equity firm GTCR in the sale of Callcredit Information Group Limited to TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)
Leading individuals

Lisa Cawley - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adam Skinner - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Prem Mohan - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rising stars

Deirdre Haugh - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+) - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

At Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, the private equity team is 'very senior heavy with top-notch individuals able to oversee every aspect of a transaction', according to clients.  With PE a central pillar of the firm's global focus, its client roster boasts host of top US and European buyout houses, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. In the last year, the group has handled a broad variety of transactions including take-privates, acquisitions and minority deals on both the buy side and the sell side. Capitalising on the public-to-private trend, former Freshfields partner David Higgins, Stuart Boyd and Rory Mullarkey  advised a consortium including Apax, Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the $3.4bn take-private of Inmarsat.. Although partner duo Gavin Gordon and David Arnold departed for Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP in May 2019, the team, which is headed by Higgins and  Matthew Elliott, gained a significant boost with the addition of the highly regarded  Adrian Maguire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Practice head(s):David Higgins; Matthew Elliott

Other key lawyers:Adrian Maguire; Stuart Boyd; Rory Mullarkey


'Probably the best firm I have worked with in the past five years across Europe and US. They are extremely commercial and quick to find creative solutions to all types of problems. Very capable individuals across the board'.

'Kirkland & Ellis is very strong when it comes to complex PE transactions that involve multi-party negotiations and cross-border dialogues. They are very strong at getting to the bottom of diligence issues and help the client gauge the risk. They are also excellent at deal negotiation'.

'An extremely hard working team who are highly personable and skilled at personality management. They have a strong market awareness which gives the client comfort that their advice reflects the latest practices'.

'David Higgins and Stuart Boyd are excellent; I have worked with David on multiple transactions since 2014 and he really stands out from the rest of the industry in terms of breadth and depth of knowledge, quality of advice and calmness under pressure'.

'Stuart Boyd always focuses on what really matters and keeps the client's best interests at heart'.

'Rory Mullarkey is very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and strong in communication. He always keeps his calm in the face of difficult negotiations'.

'Matt Elliott is resolute, driven, very commercial and definitely a force in pushing a transaction through to completion'.

'Rory Mullarkey is a skilled manager of difficult personalities who can subtly guide both clients and counterparties towards to the appropriate commercial outcome'

'Matt Elliott is a strong and experienced partner who brings a lot of experience to transactions he advises on, as well as good commercial sense. He is not afraid to state opinions and give clear and decisive advice in order to better serve his clients'.

Key Clients



Bain Capital

BC Partners





Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Partners Group

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised BC Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in United Group, the leading integrated media and communication services provider across South East Europe, from KKR.
  • Advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of Genius Sports, a London-based global leader in sport data technology, distribution and commercialisation services.
  • Advised Carlyle on the acquisition of EnerMech Group.
  • Represented Bain Capital Private Equity on its acquisition of Bugaboo International.
  • Advised Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on the C$985m sale of its majority stake in Helly Hansen.
Leading individuals

Adrian Maguire - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

David Higgins - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Matthew Elliott - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Stuart Boyd - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is 'brilliant tactically and delivers excellent results for clients either by mediating a way through or,  if that is unsuccessful, by bringing its highly skilled and expert litigators to bear'. The team has successfully represented clients in high-profile matters before the English courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Christopher Colbridge represents multinational corporations, governments and government-owned entities in disputes around the world. Also highly rated are Rajinder Bassi and Richard Boynton.

Practice head(s):Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton


'Rajinder Bassi is well known and highly respected; she is a smart, robust international litigator who is brilliant with clients and opponents alike'.

'Richard Boynton is a truly outstanding, young partner who will undoubtedly be one of the top commercial litigation superstars within five years'.

Key Clients


Gates Worldwide

ICS Inspection and Control Services

Noble Group

Imtech Nordic Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for a global engineering group in connection with claims that arose out of the purchase of certain assets of a company in liquidation.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 'has a brilliant arbitration team of the highest calibre and its lawyers are very passionate about their clients' successes'. It handles high-profile international arbitration cases across the globe, including both ad hoc and institutional proceedings; the team recently received new instructions emanating from the Asian market as well as in areas such as telecoms, infrastructure projects, shipping and pharmaceuticals. It also frequently advises on complex PIL questions. Christopher Colbridge, who has particular expertise in investor-state arbitrations, heads the London international arbitration practice, which also includes Rajinder Bassi, Jonathan Newman and Philipp Kurek.

Practice head(s):Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:Rajinder Bassi; Jonathan Newman; Philipp Kurek


'The firm has great international arbitration experience'.

'Christopher Colbridge has superstar quality and is a leading figure in the field; he is a virtuoso lawyer at the top of his game and an absolutely superb tactician'.

'Chiraag Shah is another star in the firm; he is dedicated to his cases, totally unflappable and exudes confidence. He has the energy of three people and is tireless in achieving the best results for clients'.

'Rajinder Bassi is an excellent lawyer and good tactician'.

'Philipp Kurek is knowledgeable'.

'Jonathan Newman is able to think outside the box, which is why clients trust him and take his advice'.

Key Clients

The Boeing Company

Samsung Electronics

Dow Chemical

General Motors

Naguib Sawiris

Agility Group

Ping An Insurance

EN+ Group

ICS Inspection and Control Services

Alvarez & Marsal

Leading individuals

Christopher Colbridge - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rajinder Bassi - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Benefiting from an 'unparalleled depth of knowledge of market practice', gleaned through a huge volume and variety of mandates for its exclusively private equity sponsor client base, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 19-partner team 'know where to push on terms and has such a fierce reputation that most banks don't tend to pick fights with them'. 'At the cutting edge of market terms', the team is able to handle sophisticated deals across the spectrum of financial products including senior, unitranche, Term Loan B  and high yield debt financing. Team head Stephen Lucas is 'exceptional in all respects' and regularly 'works very well with the superb' Kirsteen Nicol  on mandates for Partners Group, which they both recently advised as part of an investment consortium on the Term Loan B and bond financing to facilitate the acquisition of Techem. Regarded by many as the 'best banking lawyer in Europe on the sponsor side', Neel Sachdev 'brings incredibly unique and extremely high-value added judgement' to deals for many of the most active private equity firms in the market. He recently advised BC Partners on the financing of its £700m acquisition of VetPartners from Ares Management and August Equity. Christopher Shield has a 'high degree of technical expertise' which he deploys to good effect for numerous key private equity sponsor clients of the firm, including Advent International. 'Fully versed and experienced across the financing spectrum', Michael Steele is also a key member of the team and regularly acts for Blackstone in Europe.

Practice head(s):Stephen Lucas

Other key lawyers:Neel Sachdev; Chris Shield; Michael Steele; Kirsteen Nicol; Evgeny Zborovsky


'Intellectual horsepower, tenacity and willingness to push the market.'

'The speed of execution is as fast and as surefooted as I've seen from any law firm.'

'Second to none in negotiation strategy.'

'The team sees everything and has very impressive market knowledge, enabling it to provide the most educated market views out there.'

'You get the gold-plated technology plus the judgement that comes with every point and overall outcome.'

'Stephen Lucas and Michael Steele's ability to deliver in tough situations, to read the market and to negotiate market leading terms is highly valued and they deserve entirely their reputations.'

'Neel Sachdev's IQ and feeling for situations makes him stand out head and shoulders above the rest.'

'Chris Shield is extraordinarily competent and can not only draft flawlessly but can provide valuable advice on negotiating tactics to make sure we get the best terms.'

'The outstanding Evgeny Zborovsky provides stellar legal work.'

'Kirsteen Nicol understands client demands and helps achieve end goals.'

Key Clients

Partners Group


BC Partners

Core Equity Holdings

Summit Partners


Bain Capital

Lone Star

Advent International



Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium consisting of Apax, Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the $3.4bn take-private of Inmarsat.
  • Advising Partners Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on the financing aspects of its acquisition of Techem.
  • Acting for BC Partners on the financing aspects of its £700m acquisition of VetPartners from Ares Management and August Equity.
  • Advising KKR Special Situations and its portfolio company Selecta, on the acquisition of Gruppo Argenta, a leading vending and coffee service provider in Italy.
  • Advising Blackstone Private Equity on the financing elements of their acquisition of National Exhibition Centre Group.
Leading individuals

Chris Shield - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Neel Sachdev - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Stephen Lucas - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Kirsteen Nicol - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Michael Steele - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Under the 'effective leadership' of Partha Kar and Kon Asimacopoulos,    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'user-friendly and proactive' seven-partner team 'displays a unique ability to craft innovative restructuring solutions across the European landscape' on behalf of both debtors and creditors. Kar and Asimacopoulos are recognised as 'two of the most highly respected restructuring lawyers in Europe' and have both been central to the firm's market-leading work for Agrokor in the successful completion of its groundbreaking two-year restructuring process (a highly politicised process involving the implementation of an emergency new law). Sean Lacey 'really gets it' and handles an impressive roster of work for funds clients in credit led-restructurings and special situations, including his work for majority noteholders in the House of Fraser restructuring. 'Now the go-to- lawyer in London for CVAs', Elaine Nolan has 'deep technical knowledge of the area' and has been at the forefront of many recent high-profile retail restructurings, including Toys 'R' Us and Homebase. The 'brilliant' James Watson covers a diverse portfolio of stakeholders including debtors, creditors (both banks and alternative capital providers, individually and as ad hoc or co-ordinating committees), sponsors, and insolvency practitioners.

Practice head(s):Kon Asimacopoulos; Partha Kar

Other key lawyers:Sean Lacey; Elaine Nolan; James Watson; Matthew Czyzyk


'The team is senior and has a lot of experience in deal negotiation and market practice.'

'The team has excellent strategic and tactical instincts, coupled with strong black letter law skills.'

'The firm's commercial acumen, speed and innovation is second-to-none.'

'Partha Kar is very good at streamlining negotiations.'

'The responsive, attentive, commercial and pragmatic Partha Kar is a great lawyer to have on your side.'

'Kon Asimacopoulos is a tremendous business and relationship builder and oversees multiple matters with great skill and minimum fuss.'

'Kon Asimacopoulos is very experienced across a range of situations and  geographies.'

'Elaine Nolan is an outstanding adviser who excels at navigating complex issues with multiple and often awkward parties.'

'Sean Lacey totally understands what the client is trying to achieve and will go into bat for it.'


Key Clients

Leading investment funds including: KKR, TPG, Oaktree Capital, Centerbridge, Davidson Kempner, Anchorage, Apollo Capital, TowerBrook Capital, Bain Capital, HIG, Bayside Capital, Sun European Partners, HPS, Carlyle, SVP, Oak Hill and King Street

Noble Group



Certain shareholders and lead investors in GHG


Danaos Lenders


CGG Lenders

Shareholders of Jack Wolfskin

Wentworth joint venture, in relation to Lehman Brothers (International) Europe

Toys R Us


Convertible bondholder committee in Steinhoff

Galapagos Holding


Lenders to SGB-SMIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Noble Group, the major global commodities trader, on its successful multi-billion-dollar financial restructuring.
  • Advised Homebase on a series of firsts in its recent company voluntary arrangement, placing the company in a stable position to focus on its turnaround.
  • Advised Agrokor and its extraordinary administrator in the largest European restructuring in 2017/18, in an incredibly high-profile, politicised process.
  • Advised certain shareholders and lead investors in the General Healthcare Group in relation to its holistic restructuring.
  • Advised HPS Investment Partners (UK) LLP on the refinancing of HSS Hire group, a leading tool hire and equipment supplier in the UK and Ireland.
Leading individuals

Elaine Nolan - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kon Asimacopoulos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Partha Kar - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Sean Lacey - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Watson - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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High yield
High yield - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†is the leading player on the sponsor side of the high yield market and the firm has one of the largest US capital markets teams in London. The practice focuses exclusively on US high yield bonds and liability management transactions. Its work for issuers in 2018 accounted for 17 bond offerings.¬†Practice head William Burke¬†and partner Matthew Merkle¬†frequently lead on¬†lead on some of the most ground-breaking and complex high-yield transactions in Europe for sponsors and issuers, which last year included a ‚ā¨2.2bn offering by Bain Capital portfolio company Nexi Capital. The 'super-smart' Cedric Van den Borren¬†is among the few high yield specialists in London who focuses on deals in the French market, where he acts for¬†sponsors and portfolio companies including Partners Group. Up and coming partner Tim Volkheimer¬†handled deals for major private equity sponsors and credit funds active in Europe including Bain Capital.

Practice head(s):William Burke

Other key lawyers:Matthew Merkle; Cedric Van den Borren; Tim Volkheimer


"The team is very business-oriented, very educational for first-time issuers. They know very well the market and the best practices."

"Cedric Van den Borren is pragmatic and very involved."

"Cedric Van den Borren's team is super-responsive, very quick to respond to any question no matter the time of day. It is very client focused - with the primary aim of always negotiating the best possible deal for their clients."

"Cedric Van den Borren is a very focused, highly attentive and an astute high yield lawyer. He always aims to find a solution to complex issues and problems which has allowed a deal to proceed to the finish line which in other circumstances would not have got done."

Key Clients

Advent International

Bain Capital


Bain Capital Private Equity

Houlihan Lokey

TDR Capital

Golden Tree Asset Management


Partners Group

KKR Credit

Work highlights

  • Advising Nexi Capital S.p.A., a portfolio company of Advent International, Bain Capital and Clessidra, in an offering of €2.2bn of high yield bonds and the private placement of an additional €400m of bonds.
  • Advising Parts Europe S.A. (formerly Autodis S.A.), a Bain Capital portfolio company, in connection with its offering of €175m senior secured floating rate notes due 2022.
  • Advising Smurfit Kappa Group in connection with its offering of €400m 2.875% Senior Notes due 2026.
  • Advised on the capital markets aspects of the restructuring of Noble Group Limited, the largest commodity trader in Asia.
  • Advising Algeco Scotsman Global S.à r.l., a portfolio company of TDR Capital, in connection with the offering by Algeco Scotsman Global Finance plc of €125m of its Senior Secured Notes.
Leading individuals

Cedric Van den Borren - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Matthew Merkle - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

William Burke - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Tim Volkheimer - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Richard Watkins is head of the 'outstanding' investment funds team at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, which comprises a credit fund practice, led by Anand Damodaran and James Board, and a real assets practice headed up by Jonathan Tadd. Large fundraisings are core area of work for both teams, with Tadd recently advising Ares on the formation of the $6.5bn Ares Credit Europe IV Fund. Tadd also advised BGH Capital on the formation of the A$2.6bn BGH Capital Fund I. The group also includes a liquidity solutions division, which handles a large number of GP-led restructuring mandates, including the recent fund restructuring of EOS Partners, led by Theodore Cardos. Amala Ejikeme is also recommended, while secondaries expert Andy Shore joined from Proskauer Rose LLP  in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Richard Watkins

Other key lawyers:Theodore Cardos; Andy Shore; Anand Damodaran; James Board; Jonathan Tadd; Amala Ejikeme


'The team provides excellent technical advice with a commercial overlay, which is grounded in its deep market knowledge'.

'The team boasts long-term experience of the market and is always available, proactive and commercially-driven. Having worked with us for a long time, the team knows what is important to us and what is not, and tailors its advice accordingly'.

Key Clients

AMP Capital

Ares Management

CVC Credit Partners

FSN Capital

IK Investment Partners


Montagu Private Equity

Nordic Capital

TDR Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Ares on the Formation of Ares Credit Europe IV Fund.
  • Advised BGH Capital on the Formation of BGH Capital Fund I.
  • Advised EOS Partners on its fund restructuring.
  • Advised Highland Europe on the formation of Highland Europe Technology Growth Fund III.
  • Advised IK Investment Partners on the formation of IK Small Cap Fund II.
Leading individuals

Richard Watkins - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amala Ejikeme - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Andy Shore - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Theodore Cardos - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†represents many of the market‚Äôs leading private equity sponsors, in addition to sovereign wealth funds, pension organisations and other financial investors. The team advises on high-profile acquisition and development financings and restructurings, and has particular expertise in European NPL portfolio transactions. The practice is led by the ‚Äėvery talented‚Äė¬†Jonathan Birks, and also includes¬†NPL specialist Richard Semple, newly promoted partner James Esterkin¬†and Kazik Michalski, who joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP¬†in 2018.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Birks

Other key lawyers:Richard Semple; James Esterkin; Kazik Michalski


'The team is an incredibly strong collection of individuals who excel at teamwork and thus produce a consistent and seamless experience for the client.'

'Jonathan Birks deserves special mention for his perseverance, willingness to discuss and negotiate at all hours, excellent professionalism and subject matter knowledge.'

'The team stands out for its ability to put the commercial consideration at the forefront of its analysis.'

'What makes Kirkland & Ellis unique is the extraordinary consistency of the individuals who work for it. No matter the project, you can always expect that the full team, from partner to juniors, will be of outstanding quality and commitment.'

'Richard Semple and James Esterkin were impressive for their availability, strong commitment, attention to detail and, most importantly, an incredible ability to grasp commercial issues and solve them in advance for the client.'

'The team is professional, easy to collaborate with and has excellent sector-specific knowledge. It is very commercial, experienced and - most importantly - able to explain complicated legal issues and structures in straightforward ways, avoiding legal jargon.'

'Richard Semple and James Esterkin are a very supportive and knowledgeable duo; they are highly responsive and very hardworking, and did their best to ensure the timely completion of the transaction.'

Key Clients

Bain Capital Credit

The Blackstone Group


Centerbridge Partners


Ares Management Limited

Global Logistics Properties (GLP)GIC

TPG Real Estate

Lone Star Funds

Work highlights

  • Advising Centerbridge Partners and KKR as the lead investors in a major recapitalisation of the UK hospital landlord General Healthcare Group and its principal tenant BMI Healthcare.
  • Advising Bain Capital Credit (BCC) on the term loan financing by Goldman Sachs of BCC’s acquisition of a portfolio of Greek real estate secured NPLs.
  • Advising Blackstone on the financing of its acquisition of live events business NEC Group, which owns the largest exhibition centre in the UK.
  • Advising Brookfield in relation to the corporate and financing aspects of a take-private bid for Intu Properties plc (the largest owner of shopping centres in the UK) by a consortium led by Brookfield.
  • Advising BCC on the term loan financing by Barclays of its acquisition of a portfolio of Spanish distressed properties and secured NPLs.
Next Generation Partners

Jonathan Birks - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP  has built a strong team in London that is adept at handling cross-border investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies including the SFO, NCA, FCA and HMRC. It also advises on internal company investigations and deals with government agencies on behalf of clients. Given the firm's strength in the private equity sector, Kirkland has a particular focus on advising large buyout houses and their portfolio companies but its client base extends far beyond this. It advises on matters such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, fraud, corporate crime prevention and general advisory work.  Co-head of team Satnam Tumani specialises in cases of accounting fraud, tax fraud, data protection infringements, and FCPA/UK Bribery Act matters. Marcus Thompson, who also co-heads the team, specialises in investigations that involve bribery, corruption, sanctions, data breaches and money laundering.

Practice head(s):Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Butel; Sarah Klein; Michael Casey; Patrick Navein


‘The team gets to the crux of the matter quickly and provides pragmatic and commercial guidance on potentially sensitive matters’.‘

'A sound City practice with bright, solid practitioners and good client care’.

‘Satnam Tumani has a huge wealth of experience and knowledge of serious corporate fraud and corruption in national and multi-jurisdictional cases, and an intimate knowledge of the workings of the main prosecuting and investigating authorities’.

‘The team has a wealth and breadth of experience and proven ability to provide global coverage for a global asset manager’.

‘Marcus Thompson is absolutely brilliant; straight talking, commercial and pragmatic’.

‘Mike Casey is highly responsive; he delivers commercial and clear but thorough advice’.           

‘A leader amongst others and particularly suitable for the larger, thornier cases involving the Serious Fraud Office’.

‘Satnam Tumani is exceptional; he is hugely intelligent and able to use his vast experience as a former prosecutor to excellent effect’.              


Key Clients

Innospec Limited

Work highlights

  • Representation of a global mining company in relation to allegations of payments to a consultant to secure mining rights in Africa.
  • Representation of an Asian multinational electronics company in connection with an internal investigation concerning allegations of fraud.
  • Representation of a global stationary company in an internal investigation into allegations of compliance irregularities.
Leading individuals

Marcus Thompson - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Satnam Tumani - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's practice combines 'technical proficiency, commercial insight, legal depth and excellent organisational capacity' and utilises the 'remarkably seamless cooperation between the team in London and US colleagues'. The arrival of the 'fantastic' Nicola Dagg and her team, including Katie Coltart and Daniel Lim, from Allen & Overy LLP 'created a new force in what is actually quite a small pool of choices at the top level in London' for patent litigation. Since their arrival, the group has continued to be instructed in high-profile disputes, particularly in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors; it is instructed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in an upcoming Supreme Court patent claim against Kymab relating to its proprietary transgenic mouse platform for therapeutic antibody development. The practice also benefits from transactional IP expertise led by Emma Flett; it is advising a consortium led by EQT and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on the acquisition of Nestlé Skin Healthcare. Newly promoted partner Jenny Wilson is recommended for transactional IP and technology matters.

Practice head(s):Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett

Other key lawyers:Katie Coltart; Daniel Lim; Jenny Wilson


'The Kirkland team always has an eye on the big picture strategy and is really good at coming up with novel and creative approaches for achieving the ultimate commercial and strategic aims.'

'This is the team that you want running your most complex and strategic cases.'

'The group always takes a very strategic and commercial approach — including in finding the right leverage for settlement along the way.'

'Backed by Kirkland & Ellis' considerable resources and ambition from the US side, Nicola is already building a sizeable team.'

'Nicola Dagg is extremely strategic and laser-focused on getting the right result for her client.'

'Nicola Dagg drives the technically strong and client-focused approach.'

'Jin Ooi is renowed for his ability to master knotty issues and has famed round-the-clock responsiveness.'

'Nicola Dagg is a phenomenal client handler and strategist and gets the best out of the team below her.'

'Jin Ooi is brilliant on detail and in plotting out the future stages of litigation.'

'Katie Coltart has experience way beyond her years, and is likely to be a star partner of the future.'

'Steve Baldwin is superb, with particular expertise in SPC matters.'

'Nicola Dagg is highly experienced in life sciences IP litigation at the highest levels, and excellent at managing large multi-disciplinary and multinational teams of experts.'

'Katie Coltart will be a star in the next generation of top UK IP litigators.'

Key Clients



Premaitha Health

Procter & Gamble

TCL Corporation



Danaher Corporation

Vista and portfolio company Advanced



Work highlights

  • Represented Pfizer in second medical use litigation relating to its pain medicine, Lyrica, spanning claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The team also assisted with the co-ordination of parallel litigation across Europe and globally.
  • Advising a consortium led by EQT and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on all the intellectual property aspects of its acquisition of Nestlé Skin Healthcare.
  • Acted for Regeneron in patent litigation in the Court of Appeal against Kymab relating to its proprietary transgenic mouse platform for therapeutic antibody development. The team is also instructed in the appeal, which is set to be heard in the Supreme Court in 2020.
  • Acted for Premaitha in its defence and counterclaim of invalidity against claims brought by Illumina.
  • Representing TCL Corporation in an SEP and FRAND licensing dispute brought by Philips.
Leading individuals

Nicola Dagg - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Next Generation Partners

Katie Coltart - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP has entered the rankings as a result of 'stand-out achiever' Nicola Dagg and her team joining forces with the firm. The team includes Daniel Lim, who is highlighted for his 'excellent understanding of biotech and regulations', and litigator Katie Coltart, who has a background in biochemistry. With a 'keen intellect and considerable knowledge' Senior associate Jin Ooi  and Steven Baldwin are also core members of a team that has an established success rate in high-stakes patent litigation in the pharma and biosciences sectors. This is combined with the firm's financing and commercial capabilities.

Practice head(s):Nicola Dagg

Other key lawyers:Daniel Lim; Katie Coltart; Jin Ooi; Steven Baldwin


'Known for the highest-quality work to achieve the best results.  Top of their game and must be on everyone's list to consider using when a big matter needs an IP litigator.'

'They demonstrate a clear ability to excel in high-pressure situations.'

'Nicola Dagg is a stand-out achiever in the field. She  leaves no stone unturned and is hugely in demand.'

'The stand out individuals are Nicola Dagg, Jin Ooi and Katie Coltart. Nicola drives the technically strong and client-focused approach.'

'Jin Ooi is an associate to watch out for.  He has a keen attention to detail and will rapidly deploy his considerable knowledge of the facts and related case law to examine the situation at hand.  He has a natural curiosity and strong intellect which lends well to valuable insights and contributions. He is also calm and meticulously organised which ensures the smooth and quick development of a case, no matter how many moving and complex parts there are.'

'Daniel Lim has an excellent knowledge and understanding of biotech, as well as impressive knowledge of regulatory law.'

Key Clients





Premaitha Health


Work highlights

  • Acting for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc in patent litigation against Kymab Ltd relating to Regeneron’s proprietary transgenic mouse platform for therapeutic antibody development, VelocImmune®. The matter has been listed for a Supreme Court hearing.
  • Acted for Pfizer in respect of infringement and validity proceedings in relation to  LYRICA® (pregabalin),  Pfizer’s blockbuster pain medicine which accounted for some billions of dollars in revenue. This complex case went to the Supreme Court and the team also assisted in the co-ordination of parallel litigation in a number of other jurisdictions.
  • Acting for Novartis (Afinitor)  in protecting everolimus (sold as AFINITOR®, VOTUBIA® and CERTICAN®) in the UK,  Europe and elsewhere. Conducted UK litigation, advising on patent strategies and secured an interim injunction to prevent the sale of generic everolimus.
  • Acted for the consortium consisting of EQT and Luxinva (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) on the CHF 10.2bn exclusive negotiations for the EQT-led consortium to acquire Nestlé Skin Health. This included  conducting the EU regulatory and IP due diligence for the deal.
  • The team is acting for a global pharma client in respect of a large-scale merger. The team is  handling the EU clearance and supervising clearances elsewhere.  
Leading individuals

Nicola Dagg - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rising stars

Jin Ooi - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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