Kirkland & Ellis distinguished itself among many sterling law firms in the middle market in 2016, not only in the volume of deals it advised on, but through its work in technology M&A transactions and tech fund formation.

Technology is projected to be one of the hottest sectors for middle-market M&A, and Kirkland & Ellis foreshadowed that trend by advising on several significant middle-market tech M&A funds that closed to investors in 2016. Those funds included HGGC Fund III, which the Palo Alto, California-based HGGC raised in less than 100 days and closed at $1.84 billion. HGGC is investing in companies updating technology in businesses like grocery stores and insurance providers.

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