Take-Privates On the Upswing in PE

PE deal activity in 2018 included take-private transactions by KKR, Apollo and Veritas Capital, among 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

Goodwin Procter LLP

Jones Day

DLA Piper

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

White & Case LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Hogan Lovells

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Cooley LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Dechert LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Dentons

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Linklaters LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

P+P Pollath Partners

Alston & Bird LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

CMS Legal Services EEIG

Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

King & Spalding LLP

NautaDutilh NV

Perkins Coie LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Baker Botts LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Cuatrecasas

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.

Osborne Clarke

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Ashurst LLP

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Slaughter and May Ltd.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Honigman LLP

Torys LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hengeler Mueller

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Stibbe

McGuire Woods LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

King & Wood Mallesons

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Noerr LLP

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Bracewell LLP

Gowling WLG International Ltd.

Macfarlanes LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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, 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