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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

300 NORTH LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL 60654, USA
Tel:
Work +1 312 862 2000
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Fax +1 312 862 2200
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https://www.kirkland.com

Seth Traxler

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Work +1 312-862-2241
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Position

Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s global Technology & IP Transactions practice, serving as lead counsel in complex or strategic deals driven by opportunities to develop or commercialize innovative technologies. He helps clients negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, outsourcing and service agreements, acquisitions/sales, licenses, development and collaboration agreements, and other strategic commercial contracts. Seth works closely with Kirkland’s corporate/M&A practice on the technology and IP aspects of corporate transactions, and also helps lead the Firm’s Data Security & Privacy practice.

Education

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997; University of Kansas, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993.


United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s practice encompasses a large number of sectors, with the pharmaceutical, life sciences and technology sectors generating the majority of work. Recent examples of this specialisation are New York attorney David MacDonald’s representation of Actavis in relation to its patent licence agreement with Supernus regarding an epilepsy and migraine treatment, and his advice to Teva on its exclusive development and commercialisation licence agreement with Otsuka regarding a migraine drug. Matthew Lovell, Neil Hirshman and Seth Traxler are noteworthy practitioners in the Chicago office. Other clients include Cerberus Capital Management, Intel and the Open Invention Network.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a large and experienced technology transactions practice which collaborates closely with the firm’s corporate, private equity and restructuring attorneys. Chicago-based Daniel Lewis, Matthew Lovell and Neil Hirshman acted for funds advised by Apax Partners in the $200m acquisition of 3M’s electronic monitoring business; and Seth Traxler advised Grubhub on its $287.5m acquisition of Yelp’s online food-ordering business, Eat24. The team also advised Blackstone-affiliated private equity funds on the $4.8bn acquisition of Aon’s technology-enabled benefits and human resources platform; assisted Bioreclamation, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, with the creation of a joint venture for the procurement of bio-specimens and related clinical and testing data. Other key Chicago advisers include Vladimir Khodosh, Gregg Kirchhoefer, Aaron Lorber, Matthew Lovell, Jeffery Norman PC and Min Wang, while Edward Sadtler, David MacDonald and Lisa Samenfeld are highly rated New York practitioners. In San Francisco, John Lynn is also widely praised.

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