This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Established in 1909, Kirkland & Ellis has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the top global law firms with over 1,600 lawyers. While Chicago remains the main hub of the firm, it also boasts pre-eminent offices across the US and in Munich, London, Shanghai and New York. The firm prides itself on the tenacity and innovation of its lawyers and the excellent service which it provides for clients. Kirkland & Ellis garners 53 inclusions across 16 of our chapters.
|KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 53|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Banking||2||Insolvency & Restructuring||4|
|Business Crime Defence||3||Internet & e-Commerce||2|
|Capital Markets||1||Labour & Employment||1|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Life Sciences||1|
|Competition||4||M & A||6|
|Corporate Tax||4||Private Funds||10|
Kirkland & Ellis has a “world-class” private funds practice with nearly 100 attorneys working in the area. It represents a diverse group of sponsors and has assisted more than 300 unique private fund sponsors, raising nearly $410 billion for more than 600 funds since 1995. We feature 10 lawyers in the corresponding chapter with the firm’s Chicago office the best represented. Bruce Ettelson, head of the firm’s private funds group, is praised for his “brilliant legal mind” and his “quick thinking under pressure”. He focuses on structuring and formation of premier private equity funds and management companies. The “wonderful” Kevin Evanich is a “gold standard” private equity specialist and Michael Belsley is “one of the top private equity funds lawyers in the world”. Chris Kallos is a “leader in fund formation” having created more than $50 billion of private equity funds. In New York, Andrew Wright is a favourite among our respondents for his “client-focused advice and business acumen”. As one respondent stated, “He is plugged in to the broader alternative asset community.” The firm also has a strong presence in London. Mark Mifsud is “very knowledgeable” and provides “technical yet accessible advice” to high profile private fund managers. Richard Watkins is a favourite amongst our respondents who describe him as “commercial and easy to work with”. In Hong Kong, Justin Dolling has a broad practice which covers fund formation, restructuring, transactions and refinancing.
Kirkland & Ellis have also seen successes in their M&A practice with recent deals including Duff & Phelps’ $665.5 million sale to a private equity consortium and Avis Budget Group’s $500 million purchase of Zipcar. We list six lawyers in our M&A chapter. Based in New York, the “innovative” David Fox is particularly highly recommended for his work in contested cross-border transactions. He is joined by Daniel Wolf, whose “dedication” and “sharp intellect” have made him a well-known name in M&A. In Hong Kong, the “talented” Nicholas Norris has worked on a number of landmark deals involving clients such as Standard Chartered Bank and Citigroup while Graham White, based in London, advises companies and private equity houses and is “held in very high regard” by many of our respondents. US-based lawyers Scott Falk and Stephen Fraidin are selected in both our M&A and corporate governance chapters. Falk provides a “top-notch” service for clients and is particularly “gifted in advising on complex transactions” while Fraidin is described as “one of the best M&A lawyers in the country” by many of our respondents.
Based in Chicago, Mark Pals is a leader of the firm’s intellectual property practice group. He has a PhD in biophysics and is a “strategic and tough litigator”. He is joined by Kenneth R Adamo whose successful practice gives him an “excellent reputation” in intellectual property litigation. In New York, Gregory Arovas is “highly recommended” by our respondents. He represents clients, such as Intel, IBM and Samsung, in high-profile patent litigations. Leora Ben-Ami is a “brilliant advocate” who has worked on many influential cases in a variety of industries. She is listed in both our patents and life sciences chapters.
Mark Kovner and Tim Muris represent the firm’s competition practice in Washington, DC. Kovner is a “strong” litigator who represents clients in complex government investigations and unfair competition claims while Muris provides “effective and tactical advice” to clients in matters relating to mergers and civil investigations. Chicago-based James Mutchnik is an “exceptionally experienced” litigator who has acted before a wide range of institutions, while in London, Shaun Goodman directs his “client-oriented practice” towards a wide range of UK and EU competition matters.
We list four practitioners in our corporate tax chapter who are all based in the firm’s Chicago office. Todd Maynes is a “star” at the firm and “extremely knowledgeable” on the tax aspects of debt restructuring, bankruptcy and tax litigation. Jack Levin is a “distinguished” practitioner and possesses “a technical and sophisticated understanding of the tax implications in many complex transactions”.
Four lawyers are selected for inclusion in our insolvency and restructuring chapter. The US offices are represented by Richard Cieri in New York and James Sprayregen in Chicago. Cieri is “well respected” for his representation of financially challenged companies and Sprayregen, our insolvency lawyer of the year, is a “first-rate” professional having led some of the most influential Chapter 11 filings. Kirkland & Ellis also has a presence in Europe with Kon Asimacopoulos in London and Leo Plank in Munich.
Kirkland & Ellis’ enviable distinction is demonstrated by its inclusion in a further eight of our chapters.
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