Award Chambers & Partners

The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2006: Private Equity: Fund Formation

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’ 2006 review of international legal talent in the area of “Private Equity: Fund Formation,” our Firm is listed among the best in the world.

Kirkland partner Bruce Ettelson was selected as a leading individual in this area.

Chambers Comments:


Ranking: 1

The Firm: While the Chicago office reigns supreme for a private equity practice unanimously recognized as "second to none," strength in corporate finance, M&A and public company matters is also in evidence.  Clients told researchers the attorneys "give high-quality advice and high-quality service across the board."  Housing approximately 500 lawyers, Chicago remains the largest of the firm's offices, however the New York private equity practice plays a key role in providing advice to major private equity houses.

The Lawyers: Widely respected as "one of the premier private equity lawyers for fund formation," Bruce Ettelson has "extraordinary technical competency" and "really understands the market."  He advises a glittering array of clients, including Vestar Capital Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners and Swander Pace Capital.  Representative work includes acting for Madison Dearborn Partners in Fund V, which is likely to be targeting over $4 billion,

Clients/Work Highlights: The firm has attracted such new clients as Paul Capital Partners and Parthenon Capital.  Other clients include: Concord EFS; Madison Dearborn Partners; GTCR; Adams Street Partners; Pfingsten Partners; Goense Bounds and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners.

Reprinted with permission from Chambers & Partners: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2006 -