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Kirkland Tops Mergermarket H1 2019 for Sponsor Backed European Buyouts by Value and by Deal Count

Kirkland & Ellis ranked first for European buyouts by value and by deal count; and ranked first for European M&A by value in H1 2019, according to the latest legal advisor league tables released by Mergermarket.

Kirkland advised on over 20 European sponsor backed buyouts in a busy first six months of the year valued at over $30 billion.  

Kirkland also topped the European M&A league tables by value, advising on 78 deals valued at over $160 billion.

Kirkland European rankings in the H1 Mergermarket tables include:

#1 – Europe buyouts by value
#1 – Europe buyouts by deal count
#1 – Europe buyouts + exits by deal count
#1 – Europe buyouts + exits by value       
#1 – Europe M&A by value
These included a number of landmark public to private transactions for financial sponsors in France, Germany, Spain and UK, including:

Advising on Apax, Warburg Pincus, CPPIB and OTPP’s recommended $3.4 billion take private of Inmarsat plc.
Advising on Blackstone, Kirkbi and CPPIB’s recommended £4.77 billion take private of Merlin Entertainments plc.
Advising on EP Global Commerce’s €6 billion voluntary public takeover offer for METRO AG.
Advising on Searchlight’s €400m voluntary public takeover offer for Latécoère SA.
Advising on KKR’s €600m takeover offer for TelePizza Group SA.
Selected H1 2019 European private deals on which our London, Munich and Paris teams also advised include:

Advising on EQT’s consortium CHF 10.2 billion acquisition of Nestlé Skin Health. Advising on GLP’s $18.7 billion disposal of its U.S. logistics business to Blackstone.
Advising on Lone Star Funds’ acquisition of Saint-Gobain’s German materials business.
Advising on BC Partners acquisition of Synthon International Holding.
Advising on Thomas H. Lee Partners’ €1.6 billion acquisition of AutoStore.
Advising on GS PIA’s £1.9 billion acquisition of the B&B Hotels chain.
Advising on GIC’s $1 billion acquisition of Equinix Inc’s pan European hyperscale data centre business.