Vincent Ponsonnaille

Partner Transactional
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Vincent Ponsonnaille advises private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and corporates on leveraged buyouts, private equity acquisitions, fund investments and public-to-private conversions. 

Having worked from both Paris and London, Vincent offers clients a unique perspective on these regions, with the ability to harness the full resources of Kirkland’s global reach to match a client’s global needs.

Vincent also has considerable experience handling transactions with cross-border or international components, and has advised on significant deals spanning Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

According to leading directory Chambers & Partners, “Vincent Ponsonnaille is admired across the market for his high-end private equity practice. One client comments that “he is always very smooth and constructive in the way he approaches a deal. He's really a fantastic guy to work with – I thoroughly recommend him.”

Prior to joining Kirkland, Vincent co-led the Financial Sponsor Group at Linklaters LLP. 


Memberships & Affiliations

Trustee of Friends of HEC charitable fund


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Avocat à la Cour (France)
  • Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • Paris Bar School1998
  • Université Paris-Sud, Paris XIDESS Juriste d’affaires1997
  • Université Paris-Sud, Paris XIMaîtrise droit des affaires1994–1997
  • HEC Paris Business School1993–1996