Q2 League Tables: KKR Leads PE Deal Value Skyward

The number of PE acquisitions fell from a year earlier but were worth almost twice as much, as KKR did its largest since the financial crisis.

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Private Equity Law Firms Power Rankings

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Jones Day

Ropes & Gray LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

DLA Piper

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

White & Case LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Hogan Lovells

Sidley Austin LLP

Cooley LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Dechert LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Linklaters LLP

Dentons

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

P+P Pollath Partners

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

King & Spalding LLP

CMS Legal Services EEIG

Morrison & Foerster LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Osborne Clarke

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Stibbe

Baker Botts LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Torys LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Cuatrecasas

K&L Gates LLP

NautaDutilh NV

McDonald Hopkins LLC

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Noerr LLP

Gowling WLG International Ltd.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Ashurst LLP

Honigman LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Russo De Rosa Associati

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Bar & Karrer AG

Van Doorne NV

Bredin Prat

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Kromann Reumert

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