Vincent Ponsonnaille

Partner Transactional
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Vincent advises private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and corporates on leveraged buyouts, private equity acquisitions, fund investments and public-to-private conversions and has considerable experience advising on cross-border transactions. Vincent works from both London and Paris offices, providing clients with 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 is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe (2020) for his “long-standing experience in the private equity market”, with clients remarking that “he is strong technically, strong commercially and he is a nice guy”. Vincent is further recognised by IFLR1000 (2021) as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer for Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions.

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