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USA - Nationwide Private Equity: Fund Formation Legal Rankings

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Chambers & Partners' USA - Nationwide Private Equity: Fund Formation table comprises the lawyers and firms nationally considered leaders for their representation of general partner clients in forming private equity funds. Buyout funds are perhaps the most commonly encountered in this area. However, many of the firms and attorneys listed also handle the structuring of private credit funds on behalf of sponsor clients, including direct lending, distressed credit and special situation funds. The third thread of fund formation most regularly seen here involves sector-focused vehicles; among the most numerous in this category are real estate, energy and technology funds.

Top-ranked firms in this chapter are notable for their relationships with big-name fund sponsors and involvement on the highest-value fundraises nationally. Kirkland & Ellis, for example, recently advised on the closing of the $16 billion Vista Equity Partners Fund VII. Global Infrastructure Partners called upon Debevoise & Plimpton to advise on the formation of its $22 billion global infrastructure fund. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett counts Carlyle and Blackstone, titans of this world, among its clientele.

Standout partners include Rebecca Silberstein of Debevoise & Plimpton; Marco Masotti of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Erica Berthou of Kirkland & Ellis.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis

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Cooley LLP

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Goodwin

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Ropes & Gray LLP

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

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Winston & Strawn 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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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis

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Cooley LLP

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Goodwin

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Proskauer Rose LLP

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Ropes & Gray LLP

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Latham & Watkins LLP

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

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Winston & Strawn LLP

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