Q1 PE: Deal Values Set Post-Crisis Record

PE firms, which raised a record $453 billion of capital in 2017, continue to face tough competition for deals from strategics and others.

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Private Equity Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2018 and Dec 2018 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jones Day

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

DLA Piper

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

White & Case LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Hogan Lovells

Paul Hastings LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Cooley LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

P+P Pollath Partners

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Dechert LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

CMS Legal Services EEIG

Dentons

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Baker Botts LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Osborne Clarke

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Noerr LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Bredin Prat

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Travers Smith LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Linklaters LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.

Covington & Burling LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Legance Studio Legale Associato

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Russo De Rosa Associati

Arendt & Medernach SA

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Gowling WLG International Ltd.

Gutt Olk Feldhaus Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwalten mbB

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Reed Smith LLP

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC

Stibbe

Van Doorne NV

Ward Hadaway LLP

Torys LLP

Kromann Reumert

Goodmans LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Thompson Hine LLP

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Featured Dealmakers - The most prominent lawyers in the PE sector based on firm ranking and deal activity. All names displayed in alphabetical order, with priority given to Activated Profiles.

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

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Representing - Kelso & Company

Kevin M. Schmidt is a corporate partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Private Equity Group. He has worked extensively on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, including cross-border transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. He is experienced in navigating clients through a variety of complex transaction structures in today’s evolving deal marketplace, including portfolio secondaries, co-invests, SPACs and a wide variety of bespoke investment opportunities.

 

kmschmidt@debevoise.com

Matthew Abbott

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Representing - General Atlantic LLC

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

Doug Gessner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Howard Glazer

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - Genstar Capital LLC

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

Carl Marcellino

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - H.I.G. Capital LLC

Wilson Neely

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Blackstone Group LP

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

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