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.

External Recognition

  • IFLR1000 (2024): ‘Highly Regarded’ lawyer for Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Options Droit & Affaires (2024): “Private Equity Lawyer of the Year”
  • Legal 500 France (2023): Listed in the ‘Leading Individual’ for Private Equity – “excellent – very commercial and responsible but also technically highly skilled”
  • Chambers Europe (2023): "He is great and has an amazing reputation in the market. He is also very efficient; he does twice the work in half the time"


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 Paris1993–1996