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We are renowned for our Private Equity work, but also recognised for our experience and capabilities in legal advice across the corporate spectrum. Corporate and Debt Finance are our largest practice groups and all trainees complete seats in these departments as well as selecting from other practice areas.

Private Equity

Private Equity - M&A

Our London office acts on behalf of financial sponsors and private equity owners and has advised on some of Europe’s largest leveraged buyouts. We also operate within international capital markets and securities regulation.



We enjoy an ever-growing reputation for multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvency proceedings, especially planning and strategies for cross-border deals. Our client list features shareholders, directors, creditors, debtors, turnaround advisors and insolvency agents.


Antitrust & Competition

Our London office advises clients across a range of industries on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. Our specialist knowledge includes merger control, market dominance and cartel investigations, as well as sector inquiries and antitrust legislation.

Intellectual Property

Technology & IP Transactions

We represent clients in all areas of IP, trademark matters, outsourcing, computer software, licensing, distribution, joint venture agreements, biotechnology, data protection and e-commerce issues.


Investment Funds

Kirkland & Ellis is uniquely positioned to advise clients on private equity, real estate and hedge funds, and we regularly represent leading institutional investors regarding their investments in private funds.



Our strong in-house tax team has considerable experience in acquisitions, restructuring, fund formation and other complex fund related issues, management tax issues, share incentive arrangements and tax aspects of debt finance and capital market transactions.


Financial Services Regulatory

We have developed a distinguished and market-leading regulatory practice which advises private equity firms amongst other organisations that are regulated by the UK Regulator, the US Regulator, or both.

Debt Finance

Debt Finance

For major financial transactions across Europe, borrowers, lenders and insurers turn to us for reliable and specialist advice. Our London office concentrates particularly on leveraged finance, acquisition finance and debt restructuring.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets

We represent issuers, sponsors and underwriters in a wide variety of international securities transactions, with a particular focus on offerings of high-yield and other complex debt securities.

International Arbitration & Litigation

International Arbitration & Litigation

Around the world, multinational corporations, governments and subsidiaries seek our help in international arbitration and litigation cases. Partners at our London office are qualified to carry out investigations into white collar crime at a global level.

Meet the people

Amelia Doughty
Amelia Doughty
Associate, Corporate
Graduate in Economics, Exeter University

I didn’t expect to go on secondment so early on in my career but the opportunity arose to be part of the legal team at a private equity client. I gained invaluable experience of how clients operate and make decisions...