Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
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|Number of work placements:||25|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Sponsorship:||GDL/LPC, plus maintenance grant|
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Application details and method of selection
Successful candidates will have a strong academic record and be motivated to work hard in a professional, friendly and entreprenurial team.
Apply online by 14 July 2017 to begin training contracts in September 2019.
Firm description and career prospects
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 1,700 lawyers representing global clients in complex corporate, restructuring, tax, regulatory, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property and competition matters.
To find out what it is like to work at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP won Best Trainer (US) Firm in the City in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and Best Recruiter in 2011 and 2014.
Types of work
Based in the heart of the City in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office - comprising around 170 lawyers - acts in some of the most complex, high value and high profile corporate transactions in Europe. At Kirkland, we are renowned for our private equity work, but we are also recognised for our experience and capabilities in legal advice across the corporate spectrum, including debt finance, restructuring, tax, international litigation and arbitration, technology and IP transactions, financial services regulatory, competition law, and capital markets.
Private equity: Our London office acts on behalf of financial sponsors and private equity owners and has advised on some of Europe's largest leveraged buyouts. We also operate within international capital markets and securities regulation.
Debt finance: for major financial transactions across Europe, borrowers, lenders and insurers turn to us for reliable and specialist advice. Our London office concentrates particularly on acquisition finance, debt restructuring, capital markets, high-yield issuance and syndicated lending.
Restructuring: We enjoy an ever-growing reputation for multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvency proceedings, especially planning and strategies for cross-border deals. Our client list features shareholders, directors, creditors, debtors, turnaround advisors and insolvency agents.
Investment funds: The private funds group at Kirkland is "second to none" according to a recent survey by Chambers & Partners, a leading publisher of research on the legal profession, which ranked Kirkland first overall in private equity: fund formation, saying that the group is "a major threat [to competitors] in the fund formation arena."
Tax: Every year we operate at the centre of numerous complex domestic and international transactions. The team acts on corporate mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, debt and equity financings, as well as fund formation.
International litigation and arbitration: Around the world, multinational corporations, governments and subsidiaries seek our help in international litigation and arbitration cases. Partners at our London office are qualified to carry out investigations into white collar crime at a global level.
Technology and IP transactions: We handle patent litigation matters for unfair competition, trademark and copyright disputes. The team manages IP transactions on behalf of some of the world's largest companies, from transferring and commercialising new technologies to purchasing product lines.
Financial services regulatory: Our regulatory practice is engaged on a daily basis with issues including structuring, marketing, approved person issues, market abuse/insider dealing questions, conflicts, anti-bribery and corruption, regulatory capital issues, compliance policies and procedures, perimeter and scope of permission issues.
Antitrust and competition: Our London office advises clients across a range of industries on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. Our specialist knowledge includes merger control, market dominance and cartel investigations, as well as sector inquiries and antitrust legislation.
Capital markets: We represent issuers and underwriters in a broad range of securities offerings. By drawing on the multiple areas of expertise within the firm, we can efficiently handle corporate affairs, commercial lending, taxation, securities litigation, environmental issues, IP and property - marshalling deals from inception to closure.
We partner with The University of Law for the GDL and LPC. Full sponsorship is provided for both courses plus a maintenance grant of £8,000 pa.
For two weeks over the summer, our vacation schemes provide the perfect introduction to life in our London office. Through a combination of real work and practice overview presentations, and with the guidance and support of a supervisor and mentor, you'll get a strong feel for our working culture. Plus you'll get to meet partners and associates in a more informal setting at a number of different social events. And on top of some truly invaluable experience, you'll receive £500 a week to help with expenses.
Training contract programme
As one of a select number of trainees you will be given early responsibility to work on complex multi-jurisdictional matters. On the job training is actively supported by an extensive education programme, carefully tailored to meet your needs. There will be opportunities for you to undertake an overseas secondment, enabling you to experience the international resources and capabilities of Kirkland & Ellis.
Corporate, debt finance, investment funds, international arbitration and litigation, restructuring, competition, technology and IP transactions, tax, financial services regulatory.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
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