Kirkland & Ellis LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Kirkland & Ellis' London team operates within a clearly defined mandate and is highlighted for its boutique-like focus on private equity-driven work, which has led many clients to recognise the firm as a top performer in the London market for international issues in that sector. Typical work sees the team carrying out complex, international buyout transactions and fund formation matters. The team is also known for its high-quality work in corporate restructuring matters and acting on the sponsor side of financing arrangements, representing a large number of leading PE funds and asset managers.

The London office often partners with the firm's market-leading practices in Chicago and New York on cross-border deals, and clients see a significant advantage in using the firm's transatlantic strength in international work. London is also a key strategic office for clients that work with the firm on pan-European investments and forms an impressive combination with the firm's strong Frankfurt team, which has a similarly focused approach on the private equity arena.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a depth of experience and the ability to provide global coverage for a global asset manager," and note that the team's work has a particular focus on "international companies, multi-jurisdictional and very complicated restructuring work in many different jurisdictions."

Sources add: "The organisation is extremely well run, very co-ordinated behind the scenes and it's very seamless from the client’s perspective. They integrate very well globally and truly serve us across multiple continents."

Clients also appreciate the possibility to benefit from the firm's global strength. One notes that the team's "ability to pull in additional resources is unmatched," saying: "London, Germany and France operate in a highly co-ordinated fashion," while another says: "We highlighted the importance of bringing in their US experience and went with them for their depth and their US presence."