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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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David Eich

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Corporate and private equity.


David Patrick Eich is a founding partner of the Asia offices of Kirkland & Ellis. Resident in Hong Kong, he helps lead the Firm’s global private equity practice in Asia, representing financial and strategic sponsors and their affiliates in multi-jurisdictional leveraged buyouts and acquisitions, growth equity investments, joint ventures, fund formations and other complex private equity and corporate transactions.


Attorney at Law, State of Wisconsin, admitted September 22, 1992; attorney, US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, admitted February 7, 1994; attorney and Counselor at Law, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, admitted March 25, 1994; attorney and Counselor at Law, State of Illinois, admitted November 10, 1994; solicitor, England and Wales, admitted August 1, 1997; Registered Foreign Lawyer, Germany, admitted June 14, 2005; Solicitor, Hong Kong S.A.R., People’s Republic of China, admitted October 26, 2011.


Harvard University, A.B., 1988 magna cum laude, Harvard College Scholarship for High Academic Achievement; Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1992 Honors; Parker Program in International and Foreign Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholarship for Academic Distinction.

Hong Kong

Corporate (including M&A)

Within: Corporate (including M&A)

Kirkland & Ellis' excellent deal execution capabilities consistently come through in high-end, complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions, ensuring that the firm occupies a prominent position at the very top end of the corporate arena. Clients are well-catered for in sophisticated deals, given that the firm's M&A strengths are supported by its notable reputation in other ancillary areas such as investment funds, private equity and debt finance. In addition, its corporate team is able to advise on issues from a Hong Kong, US and UK law perspective. In 2017, Nicholas Norris co-led a cross practice team that included debt finance expert David Irvine and investment funds partner Justin Dolling in advising a consortium of investors on its proposed $11.6bn acquisition of the Singapore-listed Global Logistic Properties. In addition, a group including Norris, Derek Poon and Li-Chien Wong acted for Singapore-listed company CWT and its controlling shareholders on a S$1.4bn pre-conditional voluntary general offer by HNA Group's Hong Kong-listed unit HNA Holding Group; this was only the third transaction to be classified by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as an extreme very substantial acquisition (eVSA). Daniel Dusek and Xiaoxi Lin recently acted for a consortium comprising funds affiliated with Baring Private Equity Asia and CITIC Capital Holdings on its $300m acquisition of Wall Street English from Pearson. Other clients of the firm include Nexus Point Management, MicroPort Scientific and Midea International Corporation. David Eich relocated to the Hong Kong office from London, while Ram Narayan joined from Sullivan & Cromwell. Jesse Sheley splits his practice between the Hong Kong and Chicago offices. David Zhang, Joey Chau and Pierre-Luc Arsenault are also recommended.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Particularly strong at handling 'transaction auctions where the environment requires high technical know-how and aggressive negotiation', Kirkland & Ellis has 'an excellent reputation in the region' among an enviable roster of international sponsors and regional entities, including Blackstone, Bain Capital, Hillhouse Capital and Baring Private Equity Asia. Gary Li regularly handles Asia-related deals for the firm's largest private equity sponsor clients; alongside the New York office, he recently advised Blackstone on the proposed take-private of the NASDAQ-listed Global Sources, a business-to-business media company. Daniel Dusek has strong connections with many of the region's most prominent local sponsors; Baring Private Equity Asia recently instructed him on its $300m acquisition, alongside CITIC Capital Holdings, of Wall Street English from Pearson. The return to the Hong Kong office of the 'technically strong' David Eich strengthens the team, which also includes the 'excellent' Jesse Sheley, who divides his time between the firm's Hong Kong and Chicago offices.

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