Liquidity Solutions

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Kirkland & Ellis is the only law firm to have ever won in this category since its inception in the PEI Awards 2016. - PEI Awards, Secondaries Law Firm of the Year

Kirkland’s Investment Funds Practice Group includes a market-leading liquidity solutions practice, which advises on a broad spectrum of transactions in the secondary market. For more than a decade, Kirkland has been at the forefront of the evolution of the liquidity solutions space in the U.S., Europe and Asia and continues to benefit from a significant ‘early mover’ advantage in each market as they mature.

Our experienced practice brings together a deep knowledge of alternative fund products with an integrated and multidisciplinary team of attorneys to advise fund sponsors, buyers (including lead investors and syndicate participants in GP-led liquidity transactions), sellers, management teams, financial advisors and fairness opinion providers. Year after year in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Kirkland significantly surpasses other law firms in secondaries market volume (source: Private Equity International), having advised clients on a large proportion of all transactions executed to date.

As the secondaries market continues to grow, we built a platform to meet that demand with more than 60 dedicated secondaries attorneys and more than 620 investment funds attorneys in the U.S., Europe and Asia focused on investment funds and a global platform of attorneys in every discipline including tax, regulatory and M&A. Our large, global secondaries platform benefits from Kirkland’s vast presence in the market – Private Equity International reports that Kirkland has represented 84 percent of the preeminent private equity firms in the world, unlocking a vast perspective and understanding of the market, and allowing us to provide sophisticated legal advice and offer novel solutions across a wide range of strategies and fund products. Our platform is further enhanced by an extensive global network of contacts and proprietary databases that enable us to provide clients with timely market insights.

Kirkland’s Investment Funds attorneys have extensive experience innovating and executing a broad spectrum of liquidity transactions including:

  • continuation fund transactions
  • fund recapitalizations and restructurings
  • strip sales
  • structured and synthetic secondaries
  • traditional LP portfolio sales
  • fund-level and GP-level preferred equity investments
  • NAV facilities
  • tender offers
  • investments in fund sponsors

Kirkland is proud to be a leader in the secondaries market internationally. Every year since the award's inception in 2016, Kirkland is the only law firm to have been awarded “Secondaries Law Firm of the Year” by Private Equity International in all three geographies – the Americas, EMEA and Asia.

In 2023, Kirkland acted on a substantial proportion of transactions in the secondary market across all key deal types. Kirkland was involved in 288 transactions, involving more than $170.3 billion of transaction value globally (compared to $136.4 billion in 2022, $117 billion in 2021, $57.2 billion in 2020 and $50 billion in 2019).

$124.5 Billion Secondaries Transactions in North America in 2023

$42.3 Billion Secondaries Transactions in Europe in 2023

$3.5 Billion Secondaries Transactions in Asia in 2023