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Debevoise & Plimpton worked on $9.7bn of secondaries transactions in 2019, all in private equity, according to Secondaries Investor's latest legal survey.
Proskauer advised on $20.9bn of secondaries deals last year, one of the most active law firms in the market.
The law firm advised on more than 150 secondaries transactions in 2019 with a value of $17.5bn, according to Secondaries Investor's annual law firm survey.
Clarity on withholding tax issues for non-US investors means secondaries trades can now be conducted with greater ease, write Macfarlanes’ James McCredie and Florence Barnes.
Four Kirkland & Ellis secondaries lawyers have been promoted to partner out of 15 across the investment funds team worldwide.
The two law firms were the first- and second-most active in the secondaries market last year.
The appointment is the latest in a series of hires over the last 18 months at the law firm giant.
Four lawyers – including three secondaries experts from Dentons, Debevoise & Plimpton and Kirkland & Ellis – discuss GP-led secondaries, ESG and the latest developments shaping private equity.
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GPs should be aware of right of first refusal clauses and PTP issues when processing transfer requests from LPs brought about by the covid-19 crisis.
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Individual portfolio companies may now need an injection of capital via secondaries processes, say lawyers from the legal firm.

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