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Corporate/M&A: Private Equity in California Legal Rankings

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California Corporate/M&A contains several ranking tables which recognize the top law firms in the market who advise on high-level company acquisitions, dispositions and related financing arrangements. Priority is placed on those law firms and lawyers who represents buyers and sellers in M&A, while those acting for financial advisors, underwriters and the banks financing such transactions are also considered.

The California Corporate/M&A: Private Equity section recognizes lawyers across the state who specialize in the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in M&A transactions. Firms who consistently act on behalf of the biggest private equity funds and their portfolio companies in the highest value transactions are ranked in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: The Elite. Among the many prominent law firms ranked in this section is Kirkland & Ellis, which maintains its position at the forefront of the market due to its unrivalled track record of advising on the most significant M&A involving private equity funds. The newly introduced Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: Highly Regarded recognizes a number of other firms noted for their skillful handling of a wide array of sophisticated mid-market private equity-related M&A deals including Greenberg Traurig, Winston & Strawn and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles.

Firms and lawyers who act on behalf of private companies in M&A are ranked according to their location in either San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds Corporate/M&A, Los Angeles & Surrounds Corporate/M&A, Sacramento Corporate M&A and San Diego Corporate M&A sections. Firms in this space advise on headline-grabbing deals across a number of industries, with many boasting a wealth of experience handling transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors.

The Corporate/M&A: Deals in Asia section showcases California-based law firms and lawyers with significant experience handling corporate transactions involving companies in Asia, including Japan, China and Korea. A consistent leader in this space is Morrison & Foerster, whose work on behalf of SoftBank continues to set them apart in this market.

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Ari Lanin

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Craig Adas

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Damon Fisher

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Eva Davis

Winston & Strawn LLP

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Hamed Meshki

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Jason H Silvera

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Kyle C Krpata

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Mike Kennedy

Paul Hastings LLP

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Rick C Madden

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Brandon Howald

Paul Hastings LLP

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Dana Kromm

Paul Hastings LLP

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Mark Kelson

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Stephen Lee

Goodwin

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Atif Azher

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Jason Freedman

Ropes & Gray LLP

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Mehdi Khodadad

Sidley Austin LLP

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Vijay Sekhon

Sidley Austin LLP

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

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Ari Lanin

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Craig Adas

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Damon Fisher

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Eva Davis

Winston & Strawn LLP

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Hamed Meshki

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Jason H Silvera

Latham & Watkins LLP

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Kyle C Krpata

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Mike Kennedy

Paul Hastings LLP

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Rick C Madden

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Brandon Howald

Paul Hastings LLP

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Dana Kromm

Paul Hastings LLP

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Mark Kelson

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Stephen Lee

Goodwin

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Atif Azher

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Jason Freedman

Ropes & Gray LLP

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Mehdi Khodadad

Sidley Austin LLP

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Vijay Sekhon

Sidley Austin LLP

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