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They are an absolute power house in the leveraged finance space. - Chambers Global, 2020

Our market-leading Debt Finance Practice Group is recognized by Chambers & Partners for its outstanding work and excellence in client service. We bring to bear the largest dedicated group of debt finance practitioners in the marketplace, with an exceptional commercial understanding of U.S. and international financing markets.

Serving more than 450 private equity clients, Kirkland has a deep understanding of the national debt markets and has become a destination practice for private equity sponsors and their affiliates. According to Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), our more than 250 debt finance lawyers consistently handle more transactions for borrowers than any other law firm in the world and, for the last five years, have led the market in U.S. borrower transactions.

This unmatched volume of transactions allows us to provide creative and nimble counsel on today’s largest, multifaceted financing transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, public company financings, mezzanine, special situations, project finance, fund finance, and debt restructurings and workouts.

In today’s environment, where private equity sponsors increasingly need to identify and implement opportunities on a global scale, our ability to leverage a fully integrated global transactional team represents a significant advantage. This multidisciplinary approach provides borrower and lender clients with strategic and focused representation adapted to their needs.

Our client base is wide and varied, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to leading global private equity firms and their numerous portfolio companies. We help clients improve their competitive position by providing creative solutions, strategic market insight, operational support, global relationships and skill in advising and executing complex debt capital markets transactions.

Band 1 Nationwide for Banking & Finance

Chambers USA, 2018–2021

#1 Global & U.S. Borrower Law Firm by Deal Count & Value

Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), FY 2020

#1 U.S. Borrower Leveraged Law Firm by Deal Count & Value

Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), FY 2020