For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counselling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service. Kirkland's principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client's success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. The Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to the client's legal needs. The Firm is managed as an integrated whole; with approximately 2,000 lawyers across 13 offices, in varying practice areas working together as multidisciplinary teams to provide the full-service capabilities clients need for the legal matters they retain Kirkland to handle.
Neil McDonald leads Kirkland’s restructuring practice in Asia, based out of the Firm’s Hong Kong office. He has been involved in a wide range of matters in Asia in respect to the restructuring and insolvency of distressed companies. Neil acts for financial institutions, insolvency appointment holders, turnaround management firms, hedge funds and private equity firms. Neil is widely recognized as a leading lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000 and PLC Which Lawyer? guidebook. The latest issue of Chambers & Partners described him as “very well regarded – the first person to turn to,” – whilst the directory in the past has called him “a dream lawyer to work with,” “one of the best lawyers I've come across” and “one of the market leaders in his field and an outstanding restructuring lawyer.” IFLR1000 describes Neil as the “go-to-guy…very customer friendly and very practical in his advice.”
Damien Coles is a restructuring partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Damien’s practice focuses on special situations financings, distressed acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency. He has extensive experience advising on cross-border investments, restructurings and insolvency proceedings throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on Indonesia, India and Thailand. Damien has particularly deep experience representing international investors in connection with special situations transactions and restructurings involving Indonesia (with over 10 years experience of transactions in that jurisdiction). Damien also has specific expertise in the restructuring of bonds issued by Asian debtors and frequently advises both issuers and bondholders groups. Damien has been identified as a leading lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency in Chambers Asia, IFLR Asia and Who’s Who Legal. He was also selected as one of the 40 leading restructuring lawyers in the world under the age of 40 by Global Restructuring Review in 2016.