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Kirkland & Ellis

Banking & Finance

7 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 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.


Interviewees reveal: "Kirkland & Ellis are best in class. They are knowledgeable, incredibly client-focused and very astute in problem solving and strategic thinking - they add value on transactions."

A client says: "They are market-leading, at the cutting edge of what is achievable, and they provide broad, big-picture, creative solutions to complex financings. Having them on our side is a competitive advantage; they work tremendously hard."

One interviewee reports: "Kirkland & Ellis do a great job. As they only act for sponsors, they see trends in the market and they get really strong terms for us."

Another client says: "They work hard to get you the best possible outcome - tough negotiators but still pragmatic," noting: "They are extremely hard-working, always available and thought partners."

"I would never do a deal without Kirkland & Ellis," states one client, highlighting: "Their market view is really valuable - and the commercial view that comes with it. They are very diligent in drafting documents, on time and easy to work with, and it's always seamless."

Work highlights

Advised Lone Star Funds on the financing aspects of its EUR3.17 billion acquisition of BASF's Construction Chemicals business.

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.
"Christopher Shield is excellent - a real powerhouse with a relentless work ethic."

Daniel Borg is commended for his representation of sponsor clients on high-value acquisition finance. He is experienced in advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions.
"He is incredibly hard-working, super knowledgeable, and his technical knowledge of transactions is quite amazing." "He works ferociously hard, really drives a deal and has the technical strength to keep on top of complex transactions."

Kirsteen Nicol is a go-to practitioner in the London finance market and is noted in particular for her strength in large-cap financings. Her clients include a number of leading sponsors.
"Kirsteen's responsiveness, thoughtfulness and understanding of the market were critical for us. She showed a very good level of expertise, and was able to take very complex things and distil them into digestible parts."

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.

Neel Sachdev co-heads the debt finance practice and 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.
"Neel is the godfather of acquisition finance - his level of experience is second to none." "There is no one I trust more than Neel Sachdev to do a complex deal - he has a fantastic mind and is great at finding solutions."

Co-head of debt finance 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.
"Stephen Lucas is probably the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Not only is he very smart, technical and can dissect deal points very easily but he can marry the commercial side of it very well, and on the deal front he is always three steps ahead."

Susannah Amini advises on the full range of fund finance transactions. She comes recommended for her representation of sponsor-side clients.
"Susannah Amini is an excellent lawyer." "She is very knowledgeable, practical and proposes solutions."

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Kirkland has the largest sponsor-focused debt finance practice in Europe, advising on TLB, second lien, PIK, bank/bond and unitranche structures across large cap and middle market deals. The team has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative financing structures and acts regularly on the most complex global and pan-European transactions. This has included advising on the largest sponsor-backed financings for public to private transactions across Europe.

Banking & Finance

Kirkland & Ellis


30 St Mary Axe


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London (Firms)

Banking & Finance: Big-Ticket

Christopher Shield
Band 3
Daniel Borg
Up and Coming
Kirsteen Nicol
Band 6
Michael Steele
Band 6
Neel Sachdev
Band 1
Stephen Lucas
Band 1

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