Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 7:44 PM EST) -- With more than 300 attorneys who work in the world of private equity, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an 800-pound gorilla in the buyout jungle. Despite a down year for the industry overall, the Chicago-based firm worked 174 deals totaling $33 billion in 2011 and also expanded its practice abroad, earning it a spot on Law360's list of Private Equity Groups of 2011.

Kirkland's muscle was on display in July when it provided financing counsel to Apax Partners LLP as the buyout giant put together a...
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