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In Chambers' 2011 review of international legal talent in the area of Corporate/M&A, our Firm is listed among the best in the world.
USA Ranking: Tier 3
Carter Emerson is one of the firm's seasoned corporate attorneys, recognised for the "strong, real world experience" he brings to the group. He handles international and domestic M&A, corporate governance and securities work from the firm's Chicago office. "Strong all-rounder" David Fox is resident in New York. He offers M&A and corporate governance expertise, and his international work has a particular focus on Israel. He represents Centerview Partners as financial adviser to Facet Biotech Corporation to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Biogen Idec. Clients assert that Stephen Fraidin's "enthusiasm for the task and his encyclopaedic command of the issues are terrific." Sources applaud his success in helping NRG Energy defeat a hostile takeover attempt by Exelon Corporation
Asia-Pacific Ranking: Tier 3
The Firm: Kirkland & Ellis houses a strong private equity team in its Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, which advises clients on a range of private equity transactions, including LBOs and growth equity investments. The team consists of seven US, UK and Chinese-qualified lawyers, supported by private equity expertise across the firm's global network. Major clients include Merrill Lynch and Bain Capital, and the team recently acted for Silver Lake Partners on the USD200 million acquisition of Allyes Online Media Holdings.
Key Individuals: Key contacts for private equity matters include David Patrick Eich in Hong Kong and Li Chuan in the Shanghai office.
Germany: Tier 5
Sources highlight Volker Kullmann's ability to balance legal imperatives with clients' commercial interests.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 — www.chambersandpartners.com.