In April 2003, The American Lawyer measured the success of the transactional practices in the nation's leading law firms in the annual survey, "Corporate Scorecard." Kirkland & Ellis' involvement as counsel on significant deals in 2002 include the following:
- Acquirer's counsel for two of the "Top LBO Deals Worldwide"
Target: Jefferson Smurfit Group plc (Ireland)
Acquirer: MDP Acquisitions plc (Ireland)
Deal Value (In Millions): $4,390
Target: Vivendi Universal S.A. (Professional and health information units) (France)
Acquirer: Investor Group: Cinven Limited (UK); The Carlyle Group (U.S.); Apax Partners, Inc. (U.S.)
Deal Value (In Millions): $1,409
Ranked second by number of issues in the "High-Yield Debt" category.
Ranked among the top 16 firms in the "Mergers and Acquisitions" category.