Another Strong Year for PE

2017 saw robust private equity activity even as valuations stayed high and competition for quality assets remained intense. “It’s been a good year for PE as a whole,” said Chris LeRoy, a partner at Ernst & Young LLP’s private equity practice. “There’s been a tremendous amount of activity.” This year was not that different from 2016, said Jeremy Swan, managing […]

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Private Equity Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2017 and Dec 2017 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jones Day

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

DLA Piper

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

White & Case LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Hogan Lovells

Clifford Chance LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Dechert LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Cooley LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Dentons

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Linklaters LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

CMS Legal Services EEIG

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Torys LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

P+P Pollath Partners

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Allen & Overy LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

NautaDutilh NV

King & Spalding LLP

Hengeler Mueller

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Stibbe

Covington & Burling LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Pinsent Masons LLP

Cuatrecasas

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Bar & Karrer AG

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Chiomenti Studio Legale

K&L Gates LLP

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Goodmans LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Baker Botts LLP

Noerr LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Hunton & Williams LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch PartmbB

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Ashurst LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

The Featured Dealmakers are the most prominent lawyers in the PE sector based on firm ranking and deal activity. All names displayed in alphabetical order.

Matthew Abbott

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Representing - General Atlantic LLC

Jon  Ballis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Bain Capital LLC, Thomas H. Lee Partners LP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Representing - Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC

Paul S. Bird is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and a senior partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group. He advises private equity firms, public companies, boards of directors and special committees in mergers and acquisitions and other significant corporate matters, including cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and takeover defense.

psbird@debevoise.com

David Brown

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Platinum Equity LLC

Richard Capelouto

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Hellman & Friedman LLC, Silver Lake Partners LP

Gordon Caplan

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Representing - Insight Venture Partners LLC

Stuart Casillas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Vista Equity Partners LLC

Eunu Chun

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Warburg Pincus LLC

Armand Della Monica

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Abry Partners LLC

Daniel Eisner

DLA Piper

Representing - Arsenal Capital Partners LP

Michael  Francies

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Representing - Lone Star Funds

Doug Gessner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Howard Glazer

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - Genstar Capital LLC

Charles  Hardin

Jones Day

Representing - Riverside Co.

Gary Horowitz

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

Julie Jones

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - TPG Capital LP

Mehdi Khodadad

Cooley LLP

Representing - Clearlake Capital Group LP

Joshua Kogan

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - New Mountain Capital LLC

Daniel Lennon

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Carlyle Group LP

Michael  Lubowitz

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Representing - American Securities LLC

Carl Marcellino

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - H.I.G. Capital LLC

Wilson Neely

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Blackstone Group LP

Travis  Nelson

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - HGGC LLC

Gerald Nowak

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Thoma Bravo LLC

Sanford Perl

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

Adam Phillips

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Francisco Partners Management LLC

Richard Presutti

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Representing - Marlin Equity Partners LLC

Stephen Ritchie

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - GTCR LLC

Jeffrey Seifman

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Audax Group LP, Parthenon Capital Partners LP

Steven Shoemate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Representing - L Catterton

Howard Sobel

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Leonard Green & Partners LP

Howard Spilko

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Representing - Stone Point Capital LLC

Kevin Sullivan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Representing - Providence Equity Partners LLC

Alan  Waldenberg

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Representing - Cerberus Capital Management LP

Kenneth Wolff

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Representing - Veritas Capital Fund Management LLC

Taurie Zeitzer

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Representing - Apollo Global Management LLC

Ted Zook

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Summit Partners