Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Business Lawyers based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2003-2004 review of national legal talent in the area of "Private Equity: Buyouts & Investment," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
The Firm: Sources respect this New York group's "great depth of transactional talent," citing it as a team that has "grown up with the high standards set by the Chicago office." Its attorneys have the advantage of "an excellent all-round knowledge" in both the structuring of funds, leveraged acquisitions, financing options and stock issuance. Its broad sector coverage incorporates healthcare, e-commerce, biotech, real estate, construction and telecom matters.
The Lawyers: Kirk Radke was described to researchers as "a practical and aggressive transactional force." Radke is also respected for his advice on the structuring of funds. Interviewees claim that Stephen Fraidin's "huge reputation was earned by being on the top rung for so many years." His practice combines M&A for companies such as Procter & Gamble with private equity representation, which lately has included the restructuring of LBO funds.
The Clients: Vestar Capital; CVC Capital Partners; Bain Capital Partners; Merrill Lynch; Citigroup; Morgan Stanley Capital Partners; Whitney Group; AEA Investors; Cornerstone Partners and Catterton Partners.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers & Partners: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2003-2004