The rising stars of the legal world

Who are tomorrow’s superstar private equity lawyers? Two years ago our sister publication pfm launched a search to find the top junior talent working in the private funds industry. Aged between 32 and 39, the 2015 cohort were an impressive bunch: 27 had been named partner and four were already serving as heads or co-heads of their respective departments. They had all made names for themselves by working with big name clients and being thought leaders in the industry. 

Two years on, we want to update the list. Over the next three months, we plan to ask a cross-section of industry participants, trusted contacts and the law firms themselves to name the top 30 private funds lawyers under the age of 40. We will then whittle down the nominations to the elite 30.

• Nominations should be submitted to by 31 May outlining in up to 350 words why the lawyer is worthy of inclusion. Any information included should be suitable for publication.
• To spread the net as wide as possible, law firms submitting nominations should also name junior talent at rival firms that they rate as the best in their field.
• To be included, the lawyers must be under the age of 40 on 1 October, 2017 when the list will be published. The list is a global ranking so they can be working anywhere in the world.
• Those that featured on the previous list in 2015 (see right) are eligible for inclusion this time around provided they are still under the age of 40 on 1 October, 2017. 

Tom Alabaster, Latham & Watkins
Alex Amos, Macfarlanes Europe
John Adams, Shearman & Sterling
Jonathan Adler, Debevoise & Plimpton
Noah Beck, Schulte Roth & Zabel
Gus Black, Dechert Europe
Alexandra Davidson, Clifford Chance
Jacqueline Chan, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Andrew Chizzik, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Shawn D’Aguiar, Goodwin
Manuel Deó, Latham & Watkins
Meyer Fedida, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
James Ford, O’Melveny & Myers
Peter Gilman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sally Gibson, Debevoise & Plimpton
Michael Hong, Paul Weiss
Han Ming Ho, Sidley Austin
Jarrod Huffman, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Jonathan Karen, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Daniel Lavon-Krein, Kirkland & Ellis
Adrian Leipsic, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Owen Lysak, Clifford Chance Europe
Lior Ohayon, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Henrik Patel, White & Case
Jessica Taylor O’Mary, Ropes & Gray
Daniel (Danny) Quinn, O’Melveny & Myers
Harj Rai, Latham & Watkins
Michael Saarinen, Alston & Bird
Paul Van den Abeele, Clifford Chance
Rebecca Zelenka, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson