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Willkie Farr boosts private equity practice with key hire

Leading private equity lawyer Kirk Radke will be joining the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Radke boasts over 25 years of experience advising clients on debt and equity, credit facilities, venture capital, fund formation and acquisition matters.

He says: “I am pleased to be joining a group of entrepreneurial minded colleagues and a firm that is highly regarded in the private equity business globally.”

Radke praises Willkie for its integrated and focused approach in an “increasingly complex and sophisticated” private equity environment.

“Willkie’s deep experience, market credibility, and integrated approach to private equity deal making, regulation and fund formation provides a competitive advantage,” he says.

Radke is internationally recognised for his work within the automotive, consumer products, financial services, manufacturing and transportation sectors. He is also known for his experience in structuring transactions, negotiating and drafting agreements and supervising deal teams representing both buyers and sellers.

Steven Gartner, co-chairman of the firm describes Radke as a “thought leader” whosejoining will strengthen the firm’s private equity platform: “The addition of Kirk highlights our on-going commitment to providing the highest level of excellence for our clients,” he adds.

Radke is listed in The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers.

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