Private Equity Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 8:22 PM EST) -- With nearly 350 attorneys and almost as many clients, Kirkland & Ellis LLP boasts what is likely Big Law's biggest and broadest private equity practice. In 2012, it proved it was one of its most capable, too, tackling a dozen billion-dollar buyouts from large-cap investors and covering the middle market from Chicago to Shanghai.

Within a three-week stretch in October, Kirkland closed a $1.1 billion software buy for Thoma Bravo LLC; sealed a nifty division of Collective Brands Inc. among three buyers; guided Bain Capital LLC...
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