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Nihaal Khanna

Senior Associate

Nihaal is a Senior Associate in the London leveraged finance group and specialises in the Private Equity sector.

His experience includes advising financial sponsors and [private debt/private credit/direct lending ] funds on complex domestic and cross-border leveraged finance acquisitions and investment holdings in a range of industry sectors, including healthcare/pharmaceuticals, hospitality, ESG/sustainability, cybersecurity, technology and insurance. Nihaal also advises financial institutions, portfolio companies and corporate borrowers on their debt facilities across the capital structure. Clients whom Nihaal has represented include: Bridgepoint, PAI, Brookfield, Waterland, CVC, ICG, Carlyle, Muzinich and Investec. He is regarded by clients as being highly pragmatic and commercially-minded.

Nihaal is a keen advocate of LegalTech and FinTech solutions and is a panel member of the LegalTech working group which evaluates and implements such solutions to drive practice efficiency.


Representative matters

PAI Partners on the financing for its acquisition of ECF Group, a leading business-to-business distributor of equipment and consumables for hospitality and care professionals.

Bridgepoint on the first lien and PIK financing of the acquisition of PharmaZell, a leading independent manufacturer of pharmaceutical ingredients from DPE Deutsche Private Equity and Maxburg Capital Partners, and on the financing of the bolt-on acquisition of Groupe Novasep from Silver Point Capital and Blackrock, creating a combined business in excess of EUR0.5 billion in revenue.

Bridgepoint on the financing for its acquisition of Laboratoires Vivacy, a global personal healthcare company.

Ethypharm Group, a specialty pharmaceutical company and PAI portfolio company, on the refinancing of its senior facilities and PIK notes with the first ever SONIA- issued leveraged loan.

Pro bono

Served as the UK Director of Shanti Life, a global microfinance charity which alleviates poverty in slums and villages by providing access to low interest microfinance loans and training.

Served as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors.


  • 35 under 35 Young Leader issued by India Inc. in July 2018
  • Recognised as one of the '35 under 35' UK-India Young Leaders in fostering UK-Indo relations.



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2014

Master of Laws (LL.M.), Distinction, 2012

Legal Practice Course, Distinction, 2010


LL.B., Law, Warwick University, 2009


English, Hindi, Punjabi
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.