David Higgins

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


A great leader on transactions. He is a fantastic adviser who is commercial in how he thinks and very good at coming up with ways to get to an ultimate deal. - Chambers UK, 2022

David is a partner in Kirkland’s corporate practice and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. He advises private equity funds and other financial investor clients on all types of cross border leveraged M&A including public and private acquisitions, carve-outs, take privates, consortium deals, distressed acquisitions and disposals.

David regularly acts for BC Partners, Blackstone, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Cinven, GIC (Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund), Hellman & Friedman, Partners Group and The Carlyle Group.

External Recognition

  • Private Equity News (2023): Listed as one of the “Top 20 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers”
  • Chambers UK (2022): Band 1 for UK-wide Private Equity: Buyouts where he is described as “widely acclaimed as a foremost talent in the UK private equity market”
  • The Legal 500 UK (2022): Listed as a “Leading Individual” for Private equity: transactions – high value deals
  • IFLR1000 UK (2022): Listed as a “Market Leader” for Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial News and Private Equity News (2021, 2022): Listed in the “Most Influential Lawyers” list
  • Financial News and Private Equity News (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022): Named as one of “Europe’s 50 Most Influential People in Private Equity”



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • The University of Law, ChesterLaw Society Finals1991
  • Exeter UniversityLL.B.Hons1990