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Kirkland & Ellis Advises CVC Capital Partners on Latest European Private Equity Fund

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP advised CVC Capital Partners on its latest European private equity fund, CVC European Equity Partners V, which held its final closing in January 2009. Partner Richard Watkins led the Kirkland team with partner Kate Simpson and associate John MacGarty in London, and partners Kirk Radke and Patrick Gallagher in New York. Whilst the final amount raised remains confidential, the fund represents one of the largest pools of private equity capital raised in recent years and successfully attracted investments from a broad range of institutional investors in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

"That the fund attracted such demand during a period spanning the collapse of Lehman Brothers and related global economic events, is testament to the strength of the track record and the team at CVC Capital Partners," said Mr. Watkins. "We are pleased to have been able to assist CVC in the formation of another highly successful fund."

About CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners is a leading global private equity and investment advisory firm founded in 1981, with a network of 19 offices and 210 employees throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. CVC is currently investing from Funds with an aggregate of approximately $20 billion in available equity capital. The CVC team's local knowledge and extensive contacts underpin a 27-year proven track record of investment success. CVC has the ability to bring an enormous amount of cross-border resources together quickly to focus on winning transactions. Today, CVC funds have investments in 52 companies worldwide employing approximately 447,000 people in numerous countries. For more information, please visit

About Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex private funds, corporate and tax, restructuring, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in London, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.