Willkie Farr & Gallagher taps PE lawyers for London office

Global law firm Willkie Farr Gallagher has added Matthew Dean and Claire McDaid as corporate partners in its London office. Dean’s practice is focused on formations, buyouts, financings and venture capital investments while McDaid’s practice deals with cross-border private equity and investment deals. Previously, Dean and McDaid were partners at Kirkland & Ellis International.

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Kirkland & Ellis expands Houston office

Kirkland & Ellis has expanded its Houston office with the addition of transactional lawyers William W. Bos and Anthony H. Speier III. Kirkland opened the Houston office in April with the hire of M&A partner Andy Calder.

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American Capital unveils $1.1bn lower mid-market vehicle

American Capital has launched American Capital Equity III. The private equity fund will invest in companies in the lower middle market. The Private Fund Group of Credit Suisse is serving as the exclusive placement agent. Kirkland & Ellis is serving as lead counsel to American Capital on the transaction.

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Golden Gate Capital acquires LiveVox

Golden Gate Capital has acquired a majority stake in LiveVox. No financial terms were disclosed. Kirkland & Ellis advised Golden Gate Capital on the transaction while Morgan Lewis and GCA Savvian advised LiveVox.Headquartered in San Francisco, LiveVox is a provider of cloud contact center solutions.

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Kleiner-Backed Fisker Mulls Bankruptcy as Investor Search Persists

Hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive has hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis to advise it on a possible bankruptcy filing, a source said on Thursday, while executives continue their search for a strategic investor. The company, founded in 2007, has raised more than $1 billion in venture capital, including $103.67 million last September 2012 from Advanced Equities Inc., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates.

Silicon Legal Strategy Appoints Kirkland & Ellis Associate

Silicon Legal Strategy has appointed Brendan Herron as the newest associate in its San Francisco office. Prior to joining SLS, Brendan was at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where he represented private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in M&A transactions, equity and debt financings, public offerings and key strategic business relationships.

Riverside Expands with Acquisition

The Riverside Company has added Houston-based Jacosoft to its Emergency Communications Network platform. ECN provides critical, time-sensitive communications and has a presence in all 50 states and Canada. Kirkland & Ellis advised Riverside on the deal, and Maranon Capital provided financing.

I-Bank GH&F Hires Two Attorneys Out of Kirkland & Ellis

Investment bank Greene Holcomb & Fisher, with offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle, has brought aboard two attorneys, Omar Akbar and Mark Horvick. Both Akbar and Horvick were more recently senior corporate associates at the Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where they focused on M&A for private equity clients. PRESS RELEASE: Greene Holcomb […]

Kirkland & Ellis Relocates Debolt To Hong Kong To Expand Asia PE Practice

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP relocated Partner Michel Debolt to Hong Kong from London. The move is designed to expand the firm’s private equity practice in Asia. Debolt advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in Asia, Europe and North America. He focuses on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, interim and final liquidity realizations, equity restructurings and executive compensation, the firm said.

Kirkland & Ellis Forms Asia Fund Practice

Kirkland & Ellis, an international commercial law firm, is in the process of setting up a funds practice in Asia.   As part of the launch, partners Justin Dolling from London and Albert Cho from New York will relocate to Hong Kong in January 2009.   “Moving these two experienced partners to Hong Kong reflects […]

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