Office Administrator: Joseph Nowalany
International Offices: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington DC
Antitrust & Competition: Paula Riedel, Sarah Jordan
Capital Markets: William Burke, Cedric Van den Borren, Matthew Merkle
Debt Finance: Stephen Lucas, Neel Sachdev
Intellectual Property Litigation: Nicola Dagg
International Litigation & Arbitration: Chris Colbridge, Rajinder Bassi, Marcus Thompson, Satnam Tumani
Investment Funds: Richard Watkins, Christopher Braunack, Anand Damodaran
Private Equity/M&A: David Higgins, Matthew Elliott
Regulatory: Lisa Cawley
Restructuring: Kon Asimacopoulos, Partha Kar, Sean Lacey, Elaine Nolan
Tax: Jonathan Kandel, Timothy Lowe
Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions: Emma Flett
Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with more than 2,700 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/ arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The firm operates from 15 offices around the world. The London office has over 350 lawyers.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Kirkland is a full-service law firm focusing in the following practice areas:
Antitrust & Competition:
Kirkland’s global antitrust and competition team advises across the full spectrum of antitrust requirements, from wide-scale multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations and litigation, to specific antitrust queries such as distribution and resale structures, pricing and behavioural conduct, competitor cooperation agreements and State aid. Our merger control practice advises on complex and novel cases involving fix-it-first solutions and carve out divestment packages, managing the process smoothly and anticipating issues.
Kirkland’s capital markets group has one of the largest high yield practices in Europe. Our London-based team primarily focuses on cross-border offerings of high-yield bonds and liability management and restructuring transactions involving high yield bonds, closely coordinating with our U.S. offices to bring new issuer-favourable terms into the European market as they emerge.
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.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
Kirkland’s London IP team represents high-end clients on complex litigation, transactions and counselling matters.
International Litigation & Arbitration:
Kirkland is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration and has a proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most highstakes cases. Kirkland is recognised for its experience in all aspects of international arbitration and in the conduct of white-collar crime and government investigations.
Kirkland provides sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The team addresses the legal, regulatory, tax and commercial challenges facing a diverse group of investment fund clients, ranging from some of the world’s largest alternative-asset managers and financial institutions to independent boutiques and first-time fund sponsors.
Private Equity/Mergers & Acquisitions:
Kirkland has the largest dedicated private equity and financial investor practice in Europe, acting for US and European private equity funds, pension and sovereign wealth funds and financial investors with real estate funds. The team advises across all transactions types including public transactions, carve outs, minority and majority deals, bolt-ons and exits, across any sector. Working in conjunction with the deepest bench of private equity and financial investor-focused practitioners, Kirkland provides clients with unbeatable expertise in highly complex transactions and cross-border deals.
Kirkland has developed a market-leading regulatory practice, advising sponsor firms amongst other organisations on a wide variety of regulatory matters.
Kirkland’s restructuring group has earned a distinguished international reputation by achieving outstanding results for a wide range of global clients. Its lawyers have advised on some of the most challenging, multijurisdictional restructurings in recent history and have a broad range of business advisory and crisis-management skills to navigate clients through situations involving financially troubled companies.
Kirkland’s tax practice advises on the strategy and implementation of high-profile, cross-border transactions for private equity houses, financial investors and asset managers and their portfolio companies involved in acquisitions, refinancings and divestiture. The practice also focuses investment fund formation, structuring and restructurings and other complex fund related issues.
Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions:
Kirkland concentrates on international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in IP and technology.