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Kirkland & Ellis

Banking & Finance

4 ranked lawyersBand 1UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Houses a standout bench of market-leading sponsor-side specialists who are able to provide conflict-free advice on the full gamut of European and US financing products. Active across the full spectrum of mid-market to large-cap deals, acting on behalf of both domestic and international private equity and investment fund clients. Identified for its deft handling of bank and bond-financed LBOs and refinancings. Ably assists clients with distressed matters spanning portfolio acquisitions and rescue financings.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Shield is held in high regard for his leveraged finance expertise. He regularly acts for an impressive list of private equity clients on large-cap mandates such as public-to-privates and acquisition financings.
"He is an excellent lawyer and an impressive negotiator." "He is very well thought of and has a great client base."

Michael Steele has significant experience on a range of debt finance matters. He regularly acts for financial investors and private equity funds on complex cross-border mandates.
"He is spectacular. He is exceptionally strong in thinking through complex deals and competitive situations." "He matches deep expertise with commercialism and an ability to bring two parties together to find a path."

Neel Sachdev remains a leading authority in the finance market, noted for his stellar representation of sponsor-side clients. He is regularly called upon to advise on multi-jurisdictional debt finance matters, in particular acquisition financings and take-privates.
"He is very knowledgeable and probably the best in the industry. He is a true 360-degree legal adviser." "He is extremely smart and very entrepreneurial." "Neel remains the top lawyer on financings in Europe; he has enormous creativity."

Stephen Lucas maintains an excellent reputation for his expert representation of sponsors in structured and leveraged finance matters. He is regarded as a go-to for major private equity houses to advise on complex and cross-border matters.
"He is forward-leading, very commercial, very experienced and very thoughtful around the issues that matter the most." "He is just outstanding, he is incredibly driven and creative. He is brilliant technically and he thinks ahead. He is a real adviser." "He is exceptional and his knowledge of the law is extremely good."

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UK

Banking & Finance


Christopher Shield
Band 4
Michael Steele
Band 5
Neel Sachdev
Band 1
Stephen Lucas
Band 1