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Alex  Plakas

Co-Leader, Private Equity Practice Group


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, B.B.A.
  • Finance

Prior Employment

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Partner, 2007-2015

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation

  • PILI Fellow, 2007
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Alex Plakas is a partner in the Corporate Department who regularly represents private equity sponsors and public and private company clients in complex business transactions, including leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, growth equity investments, recapitalizations, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate and securities law counseling. He has been responsible for structuring, negotiating, documenting, and closing a wide variety of these transactions ranging in size from several million dollars to more than $1 billion. Alex additionally acts as outside general counsel to many privately held companies (including the portfolio companies of his private equity clients).

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  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2017