David Higgins

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


David Higgins is 'one of the leading lights of the private equity market, with a long track record of excellence in high-end deals.' - Chambers UK (2018)

David is a partner in Kirkland’s corporate practice and 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: Band 1 for UK-wide Private Equity: Buyouts where he is recognised as “a formidable presence in the market, with enviable expertise in headline private equity deals”
  • Legal 500 Private equity: transaction – high value deals: Listed as a “Leading Individual”
  • Financial News and Private Equity News: Named as one of “Europe’s 50 Most Influential People in Private Equity” (2019)



Admissions & Qualifications

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


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