The Lex 100 verdict on Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The firm: Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm specialising in advising on private equity M&A and financing transactions, fund formation, litigation and restructuring. The firm is pre-eminent in those areas globally across its 17 offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The firm has developed its leading position by focusing on empowering its lawyers with accelerated career paths to partnership, rewarding dedication, focus and teamwork and allowing its lawyers to be entrepreneurial and client facing at all stages in their careers.

The clients: Advent, Apax, Bain Capital Private Equity, BC Partners, Blackstone, Brookfield, EQT, GIC, Partners Group, Warburg Pincus.

The deals: Advising on the first, second and third UK restructuring plans (Virgin Atlantic, PizzaExpress and DeepOcean), first cross-class cram-down under UK restructuring plan (DeepOcean) and first solvent wind-down achieved via a restructuring plan (DeepOcean); advising Hg Saturn on the $12.2bn financing for its investment in Visma, the world’s largest ever software buyout; advising Blackstone and Brown Bidco Limited on the $4.73bn recommended take private of Signature Aviation; advising Ares Management Corporation on the closing of its €11.0bn Ares Capital Europe V; advising on two of the biggest ever software deals, announced inside 24 hours – Thoma Bravo on the acquisition of Calypso Technology and TA Associates and the consortium vehicle on the $2bn acquisition of Unit4, a global leader in enterprise cloud software.

About the firm

Other offices: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Washington, DC.

Who we are: We are a leading global law firm that is focused on meritocracy and enabling our lawyers to become leading partners as early as possible in their careers. We encourage all of our lawyers to accelerate their growth by advising on complex transactions and being client facing and business focused.

What we do: We advise global clients including holders of private capital on their M&A and financing transactions, investment fund formations, restructuring and litigation matters.

What we’re looking for: We hire trainees who are hardworking, motivated and focused on gaining as much experience as possible and want to become partners on an accelerated career path.

What you’ll do: Our trainees gain experience through active involvement in deals throughout their careers, together with extensive technical training.

Perks: Benefits include private medical insurance, travel insurance, complimentary breakfast, bonus scheme, employee assistance plan, corporate gym membership, cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan.

Sponsorship: Kirkland covers the costs of LPC/SQE fees, as well as providing a maintenance payment of £10,000.

Diversity and inclusion

We are a firm that celebrates diversity, inclusion and service within the global communities in which we live and work.