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Kirkland & Ellis

Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Standout private equity team with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, advising on the full range of private equity deals, from fund formation to exits. Particularly active in LBOs and going-private transactions. Remains a trusted adviser to leading US private equity houses, with a growing base of Asian clients, including sovereign wealth funds. Notably experienced in Hong Kong public takeover deals.

Strengths

Interviewees endorse the firm's "strong private equity" offering, adding: "Their leveraged finance team is also very strong and key to their private equity strength."

Another source reports that the group "have the variety of disciplines available to run a fully equipped private equity and funds practice."

Work highlights

Advised Hammer Capital as a member of an investor consortium on its proposition to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of Bitauto Holdings.

Notable practitioners

New entry to the rankings Daniel Dusek receives recognition from sources for his wide-ranging activity in the field, having recently advised international investors on privatisations, buyouts and cross-border investments. One interviewee offers praise for his transaction-handling skills, describing him as a "good technician" and "an execution guy."

Gary Li rises in the rankings this year after receiving several endorsements for his transactional practice, with one source singling him out as "the firm's strongest private equity partner." He continues to lead advice to high-profile international private equity firms and investment managers on take-privates, acquisitions and exits. "He has a good relationship with us and a deep understanding of the market," remarks a client.

Nicholas Norris is a highly regarded corporate practitioner who handles a range of private equity and M&A transactions and counts several prominent private equity and investment management firms among his clientele. "Nick is a well-known and good operator in the market," confirms a peer.

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Overview

Kirkland has one of the most active and highly regarded private equity practices encompassing all aspects of this rapidly changing field. Our team of private equity attorneys has extensive experience in the formulation of innovative strategies for structuring acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, negotiated as well as unsolicited acquisitions, going private transactions, stock-for-stock acquisitions, spin-off transactions, and acquisitions of minority interests. Kirkland's private equity practice involves representing clients in many different industries, including buyers and sellers of both private and public companies. We also represent multiple private equity investors in “club” transactions.


Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms) Department

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Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (International Firms)


Daniel Dusek
Band 4
Nicholas Norris
Band 4