David Higgins

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


He is very experienced and brings a calm demeanour. He never misses a beat. - Chambers UK, 2021

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

  • Chambers UK (2021): 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 (2021): Listed as a “Leading Individual” for Private equity: transactions – high value deals
  • IFLR1000 UK (2021): Listed as a “Market Leader” for Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial News and Private Equity News (2021): Listed in the inaugural “20 Most Influential in Legal Services” list 
  • Financial News and Private Equity News (2020): 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