Award Chambers & Partners

The World's Leading Lawyers 2002-2003: Private Equity: Buyouts & Investment: New York

On an annual basis, Chambers Global conducts extensive research and thorough data analysis in compiling their objective list of legal talent available at the highest level of international legal practice. Their research methodology has been independently audited and confirmed to be thorough, robust and complete.  

In Chambers' 2002-2003 regional review of international legal talent in the area of "Private Equity: Buyouts & Investment: New York," Kirkland & Ellis ranked third. This ranking reflects the opinion of the marketplace as revealed by Chambers' systematic and objective research.

Kirkland partner Kirk A. Radke was selected as a leading individual in this area.

Chambers' comments:

Benefiting from the "astronomical" private equity reputation of the firm's Chicago headquarters, a growing New York practice is highly rated for its share of fund-related transactional work. Practitioners oversee funds at all stages of development from fund creation to exit transactions, and the team advises on related tax, ERISA, and securities law for a clientele of buyout, hedge fund, venture capital and pension fund clients. Clients commented that the practice is "always up to speed on the latest developments in legal technology ." 

Kirk Radke is credited with building up the New York practice. Described to researchers as both "commercial" and "quick-thinking," he remains a key individual for complex LBOs. The firm's DC office maintains close ties with influential client Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. 

Clients: Bain Capital; Bear Stearns; Vestar Capital; Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe; Morgan Stanley Capital Partners; Thomas H Lee Company; Abry Partners.

Reprinted with permission from Chamber's Global: The World's Leading Lawyers 2002-2003