King’s Talk: ‘Big Law and the rise of Private Equity’ 

This week’s King’s Talk was on ‘Big Law and the rise of Private Equity’ by Mr. Chris Field, Co-Head of Private Equity at Dechert LLP. He gave a sharp insight into the workings of the world of Private Equity; and a historical overview of its development and how legal practice has adapted to fit is demands. An interesting point was the extent to which US law firms have the upper hand in this field and are becoming an increasing presence in the City. The talk evinced a serious interest and was of clear benefit to King’s students who are considering careers in the law and finance.

Chris Field advises clients on a broad range of domestic and international private equity and corporate matters, including acquisitions, disposals, equity investments, initial public offerings (IPOs) and other equity capital markets transactions, as well as take privates and public M&A transactions. He has developed particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional corporate carve-outs. He also advises clients in relation to Brexit planning. Chris is a guest lecturer on private equity at the London Business School and the Wharton Business School in the US. He has been involved with Impetus: The Private Equity Foundation and its charities on various venture philanthropy matters, including being the recipient of their Transforming Lives pro bono award. Prior to joining Dechert, he served for 11 years as a partner in the corporate group at Kirkland & Ellis.