Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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|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 2019 to begin training contracts in August 2021.
Find out more and network with recruiters and lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis LLP at the LawCareersNetLIVE London student conference on Friday 6 December 2019. Apply before midnight on Wednesday 30 October 2019 to be considered for a place.
Firm description and career prospects
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 2,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in offices around the world; in Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington DC.
For over 100 years, major national and international clients have called upon Kirkland & Ellis to provide superior legal advice and client services. Our London office has been the hub of European operations since 1994. Here, approximately 270 lawyers’ offer detailed expertise to a wide range of UK and international clients.
To find out what it is like to work at Kirkland & Ellis LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP won Best Trainer (US) Firm in the City in 2012, 2013 and 2015, and Best Quality of Work in the City in 2018.
Types of work
Based in the heart of the City in the iconic Gherkin building, our London office – comprising around 240 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, investment funds, restructuring, real estate finance, financial services regulatory, tax, international arbitration & litigation, antitrust & competition, technology & IP transactions, 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.
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."
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.
Real estate finance: Lawyers practising in the real estate area at Kirkland have broad experience in real estate secured lending and structured finance, both in the representation of lenders and borrowers.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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 £10,000 pa.
We offer two two-week placements throughout the spring and summer months. Candidates are eligible to apply if they are in their penultimate year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or beyond. Vacation scheme students will receive £500 per week. Ideally we look to recruit as many of our future trainees as possible from the vacation scheme.
To find out what it's like to undertake a placement at Kirkland & Ellis LLP read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.
Training contract programme
Thanks to the small intakes, trainees are given early responsibility to work on complex multi-jurisdictional matters.
The principal focus of the training is on transactional law with a specialism in private equity. Trainees complete four, six-month seats and obtain training in areas such as corporate, debt finance, investment funds, restructuring, real estate finance, fiancial services regulatory, tax, international arbitration and litigation, and antitrust and competition. In addition there are opportunities to apply to undertake an overseas secondment, enabling you to experience the international resources and capabilities of Kirkland & Ellis. There are also opportunities for client secondments.
On the job training is actively supported by an extensive education programme, carefully tailored to meet their needs.
Corporate, debt finance, investment funds, international arbitration and litigation, restructuring, antitrust and competition, technology and IP transactions, tax, financial services regulatory.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Washington DC.
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, SEO London, Stonewall