Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Firm Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
601 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
NEW YORK
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

With a notable and strong track record with contentious merger clearances, both domestic and international, the antitrust and competition team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly represents leading healthcare, pharma, and life sciences sector clients on the full range of contentious antitrust matters, including reverse payment cases, IP-related antitrust litigation, and monopolization claims. Recent work highlights for the team include securing a complete defense verdict for Gilead Sciences in a class action involving claims of reverse payments. Key names in the team’s Chicago office include James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin; Mutchnik focuses on cartel-related litigation, including price-fixing and monopolization claims, while Laytin has long-standing expertise advising on the full spectrum of contentious antitrust issues. Also in Chicago is Christa Cottrell, who handles large class actions in the pharma and healthcare space. Olivia Adendorff splits her time between Dallas and Washington DC and is another name to note for class actions, while Devora Allon handles pay-for-delay cases from New York.

Key clients

AbbVie

Celsius Network

Eli Lilly & Company

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.

Gilead Sciences

GoodRx Inc.

Kering Americas Inc.

Pulse Network

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Sanderson Farms

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

Teva Pharmaceuticals

UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

Young Living Essential Oils

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to be a go-to firm for the full spectrum of white-collar matters, including corruption, bribery, accounting fraud, and environmental crimes. Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel practice in both the Chicago and Washington DC offices. Goel specializes in securities enforcement, while Filip has an excellent track record representing large multinational companies facing investigations by the DOJ and SEC, among other regulatory authorities. Other prominent members of the team include Kim Nemirow from Chicago as well as Reginald Brown and Brigham Cannon who are based in Washington DC. Nemirow has nearly two decades of experience navigating internal investigation across various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology, and private equity. Brown regularly assists clients with congressional inquiries, international investigations, and crisis management, while Cannon has in-depth experience with a range of white-collar cases, including allegations of mail fraud, FCPA violations, and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

Other key lawyers:

Neil Eggleston; Bob Allen; Brigham Cannon; Nader Salehi; Erin Nealy Cox; Kim Nemirow; Reginald Brown

Key clients

The Boeing Company

Celsius Network

Charter Communications

Nikola Motors

Work highlights

  • Represented Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency-based finance platform, in conducting internal investigation and in related DOJ, SEC, FTC, and CFTC investigations.
  • Conducted an internal investigation for Nikola Motors as well as advising on investigations handled by the DOJ and SEC, among other regulatory authorities.
  • Represented Boing in ongoing investigations by the DOJ and SEC concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP 's litigation practice group comes highly recommended as ‘very experienced in all areas of commercial litigation’, drawing on the team’s deep bench of ‘top drawer legal talent’ to handle complex cases spanning the entire breadth of industry sectors and substantive areas, including Congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims, government investigations and white-collar crime. Leading practitioner Mark Filip splits his time between Washington DC and Chicago and is a go-to name for government enforcement defense and internal investigations. Pre-eminent trial lawyer Jim Hurst is well-regarded for his advice in aspects of complex commercial litigation, having recently spearheaded the firm’s successful defence of Abbott Laboratories in multi-district litigation arising out of a recall of infant formula. Diana Watral represents high-end clients in a broad range of disputes, including contract, False Claims Act, trade secret, antitrust, patent, sports, and product liability cases. New York’s Sandra Goldstein is an important port of call for securities litigation, fraud class actions and business-critical commercial disputes. All lawyers named are based in Chicago unless otherwise specified.

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Goldstein; Mark Filip; Jim Hurst; Diana Watral; Aaron Marks; Andrew Kassof; Craig Primis; Daniel Donovan; Mark Holscher; Anna Rotman

Testimonials

‘Top drawer legal talent. Very experienced in all areas of commercial litigation. ’

‘Very smart and hard working. Have gotten great results for us. Would use them again for any commercial dispute.’

‘Unmatched ability to enter a new area and learn it quickly and thoroughly. ’

‘High-quality work. High-quality attorneys. ’

‘K&E are the epitome of creative lawyering in the commercial disputes practice area. They look at a case from all angles and put in the time and effort to understand the jurisdiction, parties, evidence, and legal standards thoroughly and better than the other side. ’

‘KE worked well as a team to tackle our complex litigation from the various necessary angles and areas of law required to mount a strong class-action defense against the type of case brought against our company. They treated the case very seriously, which was of comfort to our business when faced with “bet the company” litigation. They took the time to learn our company and our industry, which was crucial in defending the litigation. KE was also able to turn complex work in short time periods and to respond with agility to unexpected developments. The court motions and objections were written with the right combination of aggression and professionalism. KE was particularly effective in dismantling the opposing plaintiff and experts in depositions. ’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Allergan plc

Amplify Energy

Blackstone

The Boeing Company

BP America

Cerberus Capital

Chord Energy

Cineworld Group

Constellation Brands

Eli Lilly and Company

EQT Corporation

Fox Corporation

General Motors

Gilead Sciences

Gulfport Energy

Hilcorp Energy Company

LivePerson

Target Corporation

United Airlines

UnitedHealth Group

Wynn Resorts

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York has ‘a pre-eminent M&A defense litigation practice and has done a great job recruiting young talent from Delaware‘. Advising on deal structures and strategies at the pre-litigation stage to achieving successful outcomes at trial, the firm has extensive experience handling cases arising from mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism issues, proxy contests, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions. The firm is known for its presence in the private equity market, but it also advises many financial sponsors and corporates in key industries such as pharmaceuticals on transaction-related cases. Standout partners Sandra GoldsteinMatthew Solum (who is known for ‘great presence, outstanding judgment and comprehensive knowledge‘) and Yosef Riemer are highly regarded; ‘their breadth of experience gives them exceptional judgment‘. Up-and-coming partners Stefan Atkinson and, in Washington DC, Joshua Rabinovitz also have outstanding reputations in deal-related litigation. Atkinson helped secure a trial victory in Delaware for private equity house Antin Infrastructure Partners in a matter concerning the purchase of middle-market Florida telecom company OpticalTel.

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Goldstein; Yosef Riemer; Stefan Atkinson; Matthew Solum; Joshua Rabinovitz; Josh Greenblatt; Mike Rusie; Martin Roth

 

Testimonials

‘Kirkland has a pre-eminent M&A defense litigation practice and has done a great job recruiting young talent from Delaware.’

‘Matt Solum is has great presence, outstanding judgment and comprehensive knowledge of the space. Josh Greenblatt is expanding his practice into Chancery and is a wonderful guy. The Kirkland team has snapped up a number of young lawyers who are super talented, including Mike Rusie.’

‘Exceptionally strong team with incredible experience in Chancery. They have a deep bench of tenacious litigators able to take on any type of dispute.’

‘Their breadth of experience gives them exceptional judgment. They are very thoughtful in their approach to issues and have an unusually strong sense of the Court and its judges. Matthew Solum and Martin Roth are particularly strong.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners

EQT Corporation

ArcLight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Stable Road Capital

AbbVie Inc.

Vista Equity Partners

Hecla Mining

American Rail Partners

Avalara Inc.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is known for its ‘tough and aggressive' approach to litigation, and clients note the firm’s ‘deep subject matter expertise'. The firm is particularly active for clients in the private equity and alternative asset management sector, but its work also reflects companies from a broad range of industries, including retail, aviation and aeronautics, pharmaceuticals, energy, hospitality, and technology. Sandra Goldstein in New York and Mark Filip in Chicago are standout partners. Goldstein acted for 3G in class and derivative actions concerning Kraft Heinz and its $15.4bn writedown of assets, as well the disclosure of an SEC investigation. The main hub of the practice is In New York, where up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson, who has played key role in the firm’s work on SPAC-related cases, and Matthew Solum stand out. Atkinson led the defense of a class action against Instructure. Joshua Rabinovitz and James Gillespie are the principal practitioners in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Mark Filip

Testimonials

‘Sandra Goldstein and her team are the best in the business – their track record, deep subject matter expertise and experience make them unique.’

‘They have a tough and aggressive approach to litigation.’

Key clients

Target Corporation

3G Capital

EQT Corporation

Thoma Bravo

GrubHub, Inc.

Casper Sleep, Inc.

Lannett Company

Wynn Resorts

Oaktree Capital Management

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s energy litigation team of experienced lawyers based in Texas and Washington DC assists major oil and gas operators, energy corporations and renewable energy companies in energy-related litigation before US state and federal courts, appeals courts and international tribunals. The team is also particularly active in administrative and regulatory proceedings before the European Union and other international governing bodies. From the Houston office, Anna Rotman regularly appears before state courts, federal courts and arbitrations throughout the US in restructuring-related disputes, and has recently conducted complex high-stakes plaintiffs litigation alongside Jeremy Fielding from the Dallas office. Other notable names include Washington DC’s Daniel Donovan and Ragan Naresh, who routinely handle large class actions in the oil and gas sector.

Testimonials

‘Smart lawyers. Shockingly efficient!’

Key clients

Amplify Energy Corporation

Antero Resources Corporation

Ascent Resources

Avangrid Renewables

BP America

Chord Energy

Constellation Energy

Diversified Energy Company

Energy Transfer Partners

EQT Corporation

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Hess Corporation

Hilcorp Energy Company

JDH Capital Company

Nalco Company LLC

Sunoco, Inc.

Targa Resources Corp.

Tenaris Coiled Tubes, LLC No

Total E&P USA, Inc. and Total Specialties USA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Whiting Oil & Gas in a putative class action litigation alleging failure to pay mineral owners’ statutory interest on untimely payments derived from the sale of oil or gas produced in North Dakota.
  • Represented Amplify Energy Corp. in government investigations stemming from an oil spill off the coast of Southern California.
  • Represented affiliates of EQT Corporation, including Rice Drilling D, LLC, in several lawsuits related to the terms of oil and gas leases under Ohio law.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 1

Delivering both traditional and energy transition asset advice alongside cutting-edge technological and innovative expertise, Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to handle blockbuster multi-billion dollar asset and company acquisitions and disposals, often working for some of the market’s most formidable financial sponsors and pension funds. The team has responded to motivations from both domestic and European investors taking interest in tax credit instructions through the hire of Sam Kamyans from Allen & Overy LLP in June 2023, with his expertise combining with fellow tax specialist Michael Masri to service the firm’s ever-expanding stream of solar, wind and battery storage deals. The Houston-based Andrew Calder heads the team and is often active on the firm’s most substantial mandates, including Global Infrastructure Partners' recent acquisition by BlackRock. Kevin Crews operates out of Dallas and is noted for his far-reaching practice that has seen him advise on wind and solar, forestry, and RNG projects, while Cyril Jones has been predominantly engaged with private equity acquisitions and joint venture deals, acting from the firm’s Houston office. Out of New York, Kristin Mendoza is a key contact to the practice’s clean energy and sustainable infrastructure platforms such as CleanCapital and Arclight Capital Partners, often working alongside Houston’s Ahmed Sidik who is equally well versed across M&A, divestitures, private equity and project development investments. Also advising from the firm’s Houston office, Rhett Van Syoc is one of the main port-of-callsfor Blackstone and its portfolio companies for buyouts, investments and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (BIP) on the acquisition by IRG Acquisition Holdings LLC, a joint venture between Invenergy, CDPQ and funds managed by BIP, of a 1,365-megawatt unregulated, contracted renewables portfolio from American Electric Power (AEP) for a $1.5 billion enterprise value including project debt.
  • Advised TPG and Blue Source Sustainable Forests, a joint venture between TPG Rise-backed Anew Climate and various equity investors, in a $1.8 billion acquisition of entities managed by The Forestland Group, which owns 1.7 million acres of timberland, 1.5+ million acres of which have been acquired by BSFC and 200 thousand acres of which will be acquired pending closing under definitive agreements executed by BSFC and The Forestland Group entities.
  • Advised Archaea Energy Inc on its sale to bp p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) for approximately $4.1 billion. bp provides Archaea access to unmatched, world-class platforms, capabilities, and capital resources for acceleration of its growth plans.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Featuring a team of ‘consistent high performers’ who possess ‘incredible breadth’ across the oil and gas space, Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to be a chief point of contact for both longstanding investors and new market entrants seeking counsel for big-ticket work. Bringing together sophisticated experience in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, and complex financing structures, the group has seen an influx of multi-billion-dollar transactions as major players seek to consolidate inventory, working with the likes of EQT, Ovintiv, ONEOK and Diamondback Energy, whilst also boasting an impressive array of mandates in the midstream space that involve energy-focused private equity entities such as I Squared Capital and Blackstone Energy Partners. Team head and founding partner of the firm’s Houston office Anthony Speier has deep-rooted connections to the local market and is equally well-equipped to advise across M&A, commercial, development, regulatory and financing matters. David Castro and Christopher Heasley are widely praised by clients for their ‘exceptional work ethic, problem solving, and industry knowledge’, with both practitioners holding M&A and private equity as the flagship components of their work, while Dallas’ Will Eiland is similarly praised by clients for his creative and constructive approach towards transactions. Andrew Calder handles acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint venture deals with a firm focus on LNG and natural gas-fired generation facilities, a practice akin to Sean Wheeler and William Benitez, who have engaged with blockbuster buyouts and mergers in the upstream space. Chad Smith showcases in-depth knowledge of both upstream and midstream oil and gas assets and is active on acquisitions of operating and non-operating interests in a multitude of basins and subbasins. Beyond her work as a strategic and commercial advisor to complex energy projects, Lindsey Jaquillard is also well-reputed for her M&A proficiency. Associate Isaac Bate has been a growing presence on the firm’s key mandates. Other than Eiland, the team is based in Houston.  

Practice head(s):

Anthony Speier

Testimonials

‘Incredible breadth, very consistent high performers among all lawyers, top to bottom. Incredibly responsive and will go the extra mile.’

‘The KE transaction group brings its vast resource of talented people to each transaction which enables you to quickly and efficiently negotiate, sign, and close. ’

‘Chris Heasley and David Castro are both exceptional in their work ethic, problem solving, and industry knowledge’

‘David Castro, Will Eiland and the rest of the Kirkland team have been instrumental in our success. Kirkland takes a creative and constructive approach when working with seller’s counsel and over the last year we have had to come up with bespoke solutions given the new deal structures around co-buying assets. They are available round the clock and are always proactive in moving things along no matter what stage a deal is in. ’

‘David Castro, Will Eiland, Chad Smith all stand out for their creative and constructive approaches during negotiation. If there’s a point to be made, context is provided in order to help the other side understand where we are coming from and in turn we’re able to find solutions for both sides compared to a reversion to a redline that comes across. They also offer their strategic vision when the commercial team has questions or needs to weigh the pros and cons of accepting certain proposed revisions.’

‘The Kirkland team does have its pulse on the market. They have just done so many different deals. They know market terms and are creative in approach. As such, we can easily rely on the team.

‘David Castro, Chris Heasley and Chad Smith are all exemplary lawyers. They are also very user friendly.’

Key clients

Azul Resources LLC

BCE-Mach

Bison Oil & Gas

Carnelian Energy Capital

Callon Petroleum Company

Civitas Resources

Crescent Energy

Delaware Basin Resources

Devon Energy

Diversified Energy Company

Earthstone Energy, Inc.

East Resources Management

EnerVest

EQT Corporation

Freehold Royalties

Four Point Energy

Hatch Resources

Haymaker Minerals

HG Energy

Hilcorp

HPS Investment Partners

I Squared Capital

Javelin Energy Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Magnetar Capital

Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Maverick Natural Resources

Mesa Minerals

Mountain Capital

NGP Energy Capital Management

National Fuel Gas Company

Northern Oil and Gas

ONEOK, Inc.

Ovintiv, Inc.

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Permian Production Partners

Permian Resources Corp.

Quantum Capital Partners

Riverbend Natural Resources

SemGroup Corporation

Sentinel Midstream

Siguler Guff

Sixth Street Partners

Slant Energy

Tailwater Capital

TG Natural Resources

The Blackstone Group

Warburg Pincus

Environment > Environment: transactional Tier 1

With offices across the US, including Houston, New York and Washington DC, Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s environmental practice is well-equipped to advise a wide range of clients, particularly leading private equity firms and major players in the energy and infrastructure sectors, on the full range of high-value environmental transactions. In tandem with their regular advisory role in environmental due diligence matters, the team exhibits considerable strength in the transactional space, where it managed complex M&As, multinational acquisitions and divestitures, and various project financing matters. From the San Francisco office, Paul Tanaka leads the practice, routinely assisting energy and infrastructure clients with environmental due diligence assessments, liability and risk allocation issues, and transactions in the power generation, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors. Dallas-based Jonathan Kidwell leads the firm’s global environmental practice on energy and infrastructure matters, advising on environmental compliance and liability issues related to corporate M&A and divestitures, an area in which Washington DC-based Carleigh Trappe Rodriguez is also well versed. Michael Saretsky splits his time between New York and Bay Area and is an expert in environmental-related business transactions, while environmental due diligence specialist Stefanie Gitler, based between Washington DC and Houston, and Houston’s James Dolphin are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tanaka

Testimonials

‘I work with many of the partners in the environmental transactional team, which includes excellent lawyers who do very high quality work. They are detail-oriented, client-focused and commercially minded.’

‘The team is flexible and strives to achieve the best possible results for the clients.’

‘Paul Tanaka has been an excellent resource in our transactions. His responsiveness and clear communication set him apart from other environmental support partners, especially in distinguishing minor problems from life-threatening ones.’

‘Deep bench. Great talent at the top. Strong ability to cultivate future leaders.’

‘I always find Kirkland to be the best at what they do. They are the most customer-focused and rigorously control all aspects of the process to ensure that the transaction goes smoothly and efficiently.’

‘The firm has a wide and deep in-house expertise.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

ASPEQ Heating Group

BAE Systems, Inc.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.

Civitas Resources

EQT Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

Greenbriar Equity

Hermetic Solutions Group Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

I Squared Capital LLC

Kinderhook Industries LLC

Lone Star Funds

Ovintiv Inc.

Patient Square Capital

Platinum Equity LLC

Sentinel Capital Partners

Transom Capital Group LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in its agreement with Intel to fund a $30 billion semiconductor plant.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners in its $18.4 billion project financing’s investment in RIO Grande LNG, a joint venture with TotalEnergies.
  • Advised BAE Systems in its $5.55 billion acquisition of Ball Aerospace.

Environment > Environment: litigation

With offices across the Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Salt Lake City and Washington DC, Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers environmental expertise to clients located throughout the US, assisting with a spread of enforcement defense and regulatory compliance work, though clients praise it for being the ‘best of the best for mass tort litigation.’ Andrew Running is experienced with hazardous waste issues, product liability and environmental contamination, while Nader Boulos is a key contact for clients within the energy, aerospace, telecoms and pharma spaces seeking assistance with issues relating to toxic tort. Bradley Weidenhammer, who handles environmental and commercial disputes, represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts across the US. All recommended lawyers are based in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Running; Kevin Van Wart; Nader Boulos; Bradley Weidenhammer; Mark Filip; Harilika Karis; Robert Ellis; Lauren Casazza

Testimonials

‘Best of the best for mass tort litigation. Highly recommend.’

‘Mark Filip, Harilika (Carrie) Karis, Robert Ellis and Lauren Casazza – each is superb in their areas of expertise, and when compared against counsel for other parties involved the matter, they really shine and show their true value to their client. Their skills are top notch and their sterling reputations are well-deserved.’

Key clients

Dow Chemical

GATX Corporation

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a prolific record in high-yield debt offerings stems from its extensive private equity client base, enabling it to advise a raft of sponsor-backed companies in connection with issuances linked to leveraged financings. The firm also has a wider range of larger corporate clients that it advises on high-yield transactions; it recently advised Charter Communications on a series of bulge-bracket high-yield offerings. The firm also has standout capabilities in liability management transactions, and refinancings and restructurings that involve debt offerings. Joshua Korff, Sophia Hudson and Christian Nagler  are experienced capital markets specialists with extensive records in the high-yield field. Houston’s Matthew Pacey is another key partner. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Other key lawyers:

Sophia Hudson; Joshua Korff; Philippa Bond; Monica Shilling; Matthew Pacey; Christian Nagler

Key clients

Alight, Inc.

Allegion

Ares Management

At Home

Bed Bath & Beyond

Blue Owl Capital Inc.

Callon Petroleum Company

Carvana Co.

Charter Communications

Civitas Resources

Eli Lilly

GTCR

Intuitive Machines

John Deere

Kellogg

Kodiak Gas Services

Shoals Technologies Group

Vericast Corp.

Vista Equity Partners

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advised Charter Communications in connection with multiple high-yield bond issuances including the sale of $1.5bn 6.500% senior unsecured notes due 2029 and the sale of $1.1bn 7.375% senior unsecured notes due 2031 in January 2023.
  • Advised global pharmaceutical company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on an approximately $2.5bn offering (upsized from $2bn) of Sustainability-Linked Senior Notes.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 1

With a strong footing in the borrower side, the practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has significant experience handling leveraged buyouts, restructurings and stand-alone financings. The group is also equipped to handle debtor-in-possession financings, exit financings and debt restructurings, as well as infrastructure, energy and project finance transactions. The practice is a popular choice among private equity funds and their portfolio companies in syndicated finance transactions. The team’s wide bench of key figures includes New York-based Melissa Hutson whose practice focuses on syndicated debt facilities and debt commitments and highly regarded Jay Ptashek . Forming part of the Chicago offering, Michelle Kilkenney represents private equity groups and commercial lending institutions in a range of debt financing transactions and Maureen Dixon whose expertise lies in leveraged buyouts, take-private transactions and asset-based financings.

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Hutson; Jay Ptashek; Michelle Kilkenney; Maureen Dixon

Key clients

American Securities

Bain Capital

Bed Bath & Beyond

Blackstone/Alight Solutions

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments)

Civitas Resources Inc

Francisco Partners/Blackstone

GTCR

L Catterton

Madison Dearborn Partners

Mark Neko Sparks (Neko Sparks)

Oaktree Capital Management

Oak Street Real Estate Capital

Patient Square Capital

Sycamore Partners

TA Associates

The Jordan Company

Thoma Bravo

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Vista Equity Partners

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s restructuring group provides a wide range of business advisory and crisis management services to navigate clients through restructurings and insolvency matters. The team consists of over two hundred restructuring attorneys across the firm’s global team, including the London, Munich and Hong Kong offices, which frequently collaborate with the US team to handle cross-border restructuring projects. The New York-based Josh Sussberg and Nicole Greenblatt have experience in all variations of financial and operational restructurings and insolvency proceedings, with the firm acting on behalf of domestic and multinational corporations. New York lawyer Edward Sassower co-heads the practice with Sussberg and focuses on representing debtors, creditors and distressed investors in bankruptcy cases alongside out-of-court restructurings and acquisitions. Anup Sathy is based in Chicago and represents a range of parties in all aspects of distressed and insolvency situations, while New York lawyers Emily Geier and Christine Okike are skilled in a wide array of restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, with Okike representing a range of clients across numerous industries including automotive, sports and cryptocurrency. Ross Kwasteniet is based in Chicago and is noted for his experience in representing both buyers and sellers of distressed assets, and associate Ciara Foster, in New York, is a name to watch due to her involvement in a number of high profile Chapter 11 cases.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sassower; Joshua Sussberg

Testimonials

‘They have a group of seasoned people who really specialize in this area. It is a very niche area and everyone knows everyone. It is helpful to have a real player on your side when you have to go through a difficult time.’

‘They excel with the knowledge of the area and knowing all the right people involved. The Team we had were also very “street savvy”. You could tell they would not back down or get run over.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis brings the entire team together – including restructuring, white collar and litigation. The restructuring partner is always tied into each workstream. This results in a seamless experience across different and complex issues for the client.’

‘The Kirkland & Ellis team is relentless, thoughtful, energetic and strategic – strong on legal strategy, court presence and execution.’

‘They own the space. Great depth of talent and experience.’

‘Chad Husnick is an exceptionally talented lawyer. Very clear on strategy and potential outcomes. Highly commercial.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis is the leading firm in debtor representations in restructuring transactions. The quality of their work is exceptional consistent with their position as the market leader. I have worked with literally dozens of Kirkland lawyers over the years and all have demonstrated the ability to manage complex transactions effectively while delivering the highest quality advice for their clients.’

‘All of the attorneys I have worked with at Kirkland, especially at the partner level, are not only highly skilled attorneys, but also capable business advisors who find creative and often novel solutions to difficult restructuring issues. Unlike some other firms in the restructuring space, Kirkland is willing to pursue novel strategies to obtain the best outcome for their clients. Key partners I have worked with who stand out include Joshua Sussberg, Steven Serajeddini, Chad Husnick, John Luze and Emily Geier.’

Key clients

Altera Infrastructure

Avaya Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

BlockFi, Inc.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders LLC

Cineworld Group plc

Cyxtera Technologies Inc.

David’s Bridal, Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corporation

Genesis Care Pty Ltd

Pipeline Health System, LLC

QualTek Services Inc.

Rite Aid

SmileDirectClub LLC

Venator Materials

Voyager Digital Holdings LLC

WeWork

WheelsUp

Whittaker Clark & Daniels Inc.

Yellow Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Rite Aid Corporation and 119 of its affiliates in the commencement of their prearranged Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.
  • Advised WeWork , and its 517 affiliates on their Chapter 11 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for District of New Jersey.
  • Represented Cineworld Group plc and 104 of its debtor affiliates in its Chapter 11 filing before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Government > Government relations Tier 1

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a market leader, advising multinational corporates across such tech, video games, aerospace, publishing and media sectors, including Epic Games, IBM, and Take-Two Interactive. Intellectual property authority Dale Cendali, who represented Oracle in the Supreme Court and throughout the long-running Google v Oracle case, heads the practice, bringing extensive experience to high-stakes infringement matters on behalf of celebrities, major motion picture studios and corporates in tech. Seasoned litigator Claudia Ray handles complex combined copyright and competition law matters in New York. Joshua Simmons supports Cendali in acting for clients across the tech and medical devices spaces. All lawyers mentioned work in the New York office. Miranda Means, who works at the firm’s Boston location, was promoted to partner in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Alcon Vision LLC

Astronics Corp.

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Epic Games, Inc.

IBM Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters Enterprise Centre GmbH

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

Praised by clients for fielding a team of ‘exceptionally talented and experienced‘ trial lawyers, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has extensive experience handling patent infringement matters in the full range of litigation forums, with particular expertise in competitor disputes. Intellectual property litigator Gregory Arovas in New York is a ‘top notch lead counsel‘ in patent disputes, trial lawyer Gregg LoCascio  in Washington DC handles a varied caseload of IP and commercial litigation matters, and San Francisco-based lawyer Adam Alper specializes in patent and trade secret litigation. Also in New York, Robert Appleby focuses on intellectual property litigation and Todd Friedman handles disputes in the tech and medical devices sectors. The group also includes experienced trial lawyer James Hurst in Chicago, Austin-based Jeannie Heffernan, and Edward Donovan in Washington DC, who specializes in tech-related IP litigation. The Los Angeles team includes IP trial lawyer Michael De Vries and the ‘impressiveSharre Lotfollahi, who focuses on tech licensing disputes. Trial lawyer Brandon Brown in San Francisco, who specializes in high-tech patent disputes, is another name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Kirkland & Ellis patent litigation practice is a team of exceptionally talented and experienced operators. They are sharp strategists, impressive advocates, trusted advisors and a safe pair of hands for complex ‘bet-the-farm’ proceedings. ’

‘Kirkland’s patent litigation team is first rate. They carefully size up the case to devise and execute a winning strategy and work tirelessly to get the details right and be responsive to client concerns. Kirkland is the firm you want in your corner.’

‘Greg Arovas is a top notch lead counsel; he has a knack for sizing up, simplifying, and summarizing strategy and is an excellent speaker and advocate.’

‘Todd Friedman, Robert Appleby, Luke Dauchot, and Brandon Brown are excellent strategists, writers, and oral advocates.

‘Chris Lawless is a standout, up-and-coming young partner with talents in strategy and oral advocacy. ’

‘Garret Leach and Sharre Lotfollahi are truly impressive. Their ability to distil technical and complex concepts in simple terms is a testament to their considerable experience and deep understanding of patent litigation practice. They are always thinking leaps ahead, setting out clear strategies for a proceeding and executing those strategies with focus and tenacity.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Advanced Bionics

Biedermann Technologies

Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Eagle Pharmaceuticals

TCL Electronics Holdings Limited

Alcon Vision

Deere & Company

Intel Corporation

iRobot

Red Hat

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Sony Corporation of America

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Charter Communications

Comet Technologies

American Honda Motor Company

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Omnitracs, LLC

Verizon Communications

Work highlights

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

The ‘very impressive’ trade secret group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well-equipped to advise its portfolio of renowned clients on the range of non-contentious and litigious matters. There are no formal practice heads but the group is well-regarded for its ‘very deep bench’ of specialist attorneys. Key practitioners on the West Coast include San Francisco-based IP litigation expert Adam Alper, who is renowned for his abilities representing clients namely in the semiconductor, telecoms, computer hardware and pharma industries in particular, in complex disputes; in LA, Michael De Vries has noteworthy expertise handling high-stakes IP disputes – the pair are noted for their ‘great technical backgrounds’. Also on the West Coast, Akshay Deoras in San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Sharre Lotfollahi are names to note. Dale Cendali has notable experience representing clients in high-profile IP matters, Joshua Simmons is focused on media and tech-related IP disputes, while Leslie Schmidt also has significant trial experience; the three are based in New York. An example of the group’s high-stakes workload is its representation of Cognizant TriZetto Software Group, Inc. in a multifaceted matter of alleged misappropriation, unfair competition and breach of contract against Syntel in a healthcare tech context wherein hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake – Alper, De Vries and Simmons successfully co-headed the matter.

Testimonials

‘One of the best IP and trade secret teams I’ve worked with. They are extremely smart and focused with a very deep bench of talent. Able to tackle and support all issues across a far-flung global trade secret litigation effort.’

‘Adam Alper and Mike De Vries lead a team of extremely talented individuals – too many to name.’

‘Adam and Mike are engaged and responsive to client needs. They stay actively involved in our cases over the long haul.’

‘Their bench is very deep, from IP lawyers with great technical backgrounds, to an appellate team that can vigorously defend your victories. A very impressive group all round.’

Key clients

Comet Technologies

Inventus Power, Inc.

LivePerson, Inc.

Medidata Solutions

MicroPort Scientific Corporation

Motorola, Inc.

TriZetto and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

Unisys Corp.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Widely regarded as a force in the trademark litigation sphere, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is regularly engaged by notable global companies to advise on market-leading issues across electronic games, software, tech, and consumer products sectors. New York’s Dale Cendali steers the practice with her impressive experience before the US Supreme Court and involvement in a number of high-profile litigations. Also in New York is Claudia Ray, who is particularly active in the entertainment and media, financial services, tech, and consumer products sectors, and Johanna Schmitt, whose capabilities extend outside the traditional trademark remit to encompass domain name and contract issues. In Los Angeles, Diana Torres operates for a consortium of clients that includes software developers, consumer product manufacturers, and entertainment and media companies, while Allison Buchner is routinely entrusted by consumers, competitors, and federal regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission. In New York, Joshua Simmons demonstrates excellence in the spheres of media and tech, Shanti Sadtler Conway’s wide-ranging expertise reaches right of publicity, social media and licensing issues, and Mary Mazzello contributes her capabilities across sports, health, financial services, and consulting industries.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Ray; Johanna Schmitt; Diana Torres; Allison Buchner; Joshua Simmons; Shanti Sadtler Conway; Mary Mazzello

Testimonials

‘Dale Cendali and Mary Mazzello are excellent litigators – thoughtful, strategic leaders, with regards to all aspects of trademark litigation.’

Key clients

AECOM

Biozeal LLC

Delta Air Lines

Eleven IP Holdings

Maesa LLC

PepsiCo, Inc.

Purple Innovation LLC

International trade > CFIUS Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s dominant offerings in private equity and large-scale M&A positions it as a first port of call for many corporate clients seeking cross-border investment clearance. With a ‘unique ability to communicate effectively with financial professionals’, the team’s experience spans the full scope of issues before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)—from regulatory counselling and the preparation of filings, through to the negotiation of mitigation agreements. Department co-head Ivan Schlager is widely recognized as a foremost authority on CFIUS matters and his broad industry expertise encompasses the defense, TMT, energy, and private equity spheres. Schlager recently advised Blackstone Infrastructure Partners (BIP) on CFIUS matters connected to the acquisition by IRG Acquisition Holdings (a joint venture between Invenergy Renewables, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and funds managed by BIP) of a renewables portfolio from American Electric Power. Fellow group co-head Mario Mancuso is also highly regarded for his comprehensive national security practice, which takes in CFIUS, economic sanctions, export controls, and other international risk issues. Mancuso recently teamed up with Lucille Hague, ‘a technical expert on the CFIUS rules’, to lead the CFIUS process for Brookfield Infrastructure’s 49% investment in expanding Intel’s semiconductor operations in Arizona. The Washington DC-based group also draws on government, regulatory and internal investigations partners Daniel Gerkin and Michelle Weinbaum.

Practice head(s):

Mario Mancuso; Ivan Schlager

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because of the breadth and depth of Ivan Schlager’s team’s domain expertise on CFIUS and other national security-related matters. We value its ability to quickly prepare the appropriate submissions to government regulatory bodies.’

‘In addition to the trust and confidence Ivan Schlager and his team has with the staff at the various agencies, they also have an ability to connect with and provide advice related to political appointees who are the ultimate decision makers.’

‘Ivan Schlager’s team is commercial and understands transaction dynamics, giving it a unique ability to communicate effectively with financial professionals on regulatory matters. It is also incredibly creative in developing mitigation plans and solutions.’

‘We appreciate its presence both in Washington DC and Europe, where we are based, and its strong views on what is, and what is not, acceptable from US Department of Defense’s point of view.’

‘Ivan Schlager has an incredible amount of experience and a very strong regular dialogue with US authorities. Provides very good insights and measured and constructive advice.’

‘Lucille Hague is amazing. She a technical expert on the CFIUS rules, she is thoughtful and responsive, and she works extremely hard. I’m a CFIUS lawyer too, and I very much value her judgment.’

Key clients

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Brookfield Corporation

Cerberus Capital Management

Investindustrial Industries

JP Morgan

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Leonardo DRS

Lone Star Funds

NewSpring Capital

NortonLifeLock

Oaktree Capital Group

Patient Square Capital

Permira

Royal Caribbean

Thales SA

Thoma Bravo

Toshiba

Triton Partners

Voyager Digital

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains a strong position in the private equity space, serving a broad client roster that spans across middle-market and smaller managers to preeminent private equity firms and global investors. The team covers private fund formation and maintenance across every asset class, appearing on behalf of both the sponsor and investor on complex fund formations, restructurings, transactions and related regulatory matters. Practice head John O’Neil is a preeminent name in this space and services funds of all kinds from the Chicago office. Erica Berthou and Andrew Wright bolster the firm’s New York office, with the former having experience in fund formation in emerging markets, next to advising on strategic private investments, while the latter has extensive experience with funds focused on industry sectors. Further key names in New York are Katrina Rowe, whose broad advisory offering encompasses buyout, credit and distressed debt funds, co-investment arrangements as well as compliance and regulatory matters and Daniel Lavon-Krein who is co-head of the firm’s strategic GP Advisory practice. In Chicago, Kelly Ryan and Katie St. Peters are names of note, while Nicole Washington is a key contact in Washington DC. In January 2023 John Senior joined the New York office from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and is part of the liquidity solutions team, while in November of the same year, David Sherman rejoined the practice from Latham & Watkins LLP. In April 2024, James Donohue joined from Goodwin in Boston, while Martin Strauch joined the DC office from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Practice head(s):

John O’Neil

Testimonials

‘The bench strength and depth of the partners knowledge and relationships.’

‘Daniel Levon-Krein has been an invaluable resource since before we set up our fund. In addition to his guidance across a variety of topics such as structuring, LP engagement, strategy he has ensured along the way we always had the right resources for any need we encountered.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Thoma Bravo

GTCR

Arcline Investment Management

Patient Square Capital

KKR

Vista Equity Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

Blue Owl

Veritas Capital

Blackstone Group

Starwood Capital Group

Ares Management

TPG

L Catterton

General Catalyst

Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Audax Private Equity

Arctos Sports Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Thoma Bravo on the completion of simultaneous fundraisings for its three buyout funds, totaling more than $32.4 billion in capital commitments.
  • Represented Warburg Pincus on the formation and fundraising of its flagship Warburg Pincus Global Growth 14, closing with more than $17.3 billion in commitments.
  • Advised GTCR on the fundraising and closing of GTCR Fund XIV, which closed at its hard cap of $11.5 billion of commitments.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is renowned for its strength in private equity and offers comprehensive advice on employee benefits issues such as ESOPs, retirement plans, and welfare benefit programs. The firm is celebrated for its ‘exceptional’ service quality and is adept at structuring compensation agreements for investors, CEOs, and boards of directors. Scott Price, based in New York, is reputed for his expertise in executive compensation during mergers and leveraged buyouts. In Chicago, the team includes Matthew Antinossi, who has a focus on ERISA-related areas; Alexandra Mihalas, who deals with transactional ERISA matters in acquisitions and sales by venture capital funds; and Michael Falk, who advises on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and equity compensation. Houston’s Stephanie Jeane is sought after for advice on spin-offs, divestitures, and IPOs, complementing Stephen Jacobson’s counsel to both public and private entities, as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their work is time-sensitive and they are highly responsive and nearly always available.’

‘The quality of their work is exceptional and they have tremendous attention to detail. Alexandra Mihalas, in particular, is a wealth of information nearly as soon as a question is asked.’

Key clients

Abry Partners

Adenza

Arbor Investments

Atlas Partners

BAE Systems

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bansk Group

Blackstone

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC

Francisco Partners

Gamut Capital Management

JBT Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

Nielsen & Bainbridge, LLC

Paine Schwartz

Parthenon Capital

Thoma Bravo

TJC

Tornante Company

Waters Corporation

Work highlights

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Representing multinational corporations, financial sponsors, and boards of directors, the Kirkland & Ellis LLP team has vast experience handling cross-border M&A, including complex mergers of equals and hostile takeovers. The firm’s corporate offering is extensive and also encompasses cross-border leveraged buyouts, carve-out transactions, and joint ventures, with Daniel Wolf acting as a key contact for activism defense and general corporate matters. Sarkis Jebejian is experienced with corporate governance and shareholder activism matters , whilst Eric Schiele frequently advises public company boards and special committees on general transactional and hostile takeover matters. David Feirstein is especially knowledgeable on corporate and securities law issues, Jonathan Davis focuses on public and private M&A, and Edward Lee is an expert in assisting with IPOs and spin-offs. All the department’s lawyers are based in New York, including David Klein, who routinely counsels private equity firms and other investors on a wide array of transactional matters.

Testimonials

‘This team is very experienced, creative, and responsive. They offer pragmatic, actionable legal advice. They take the time to understand our business and to apply that understanding to the advice they provide. They are willing to identify options along the risk spectrum.’

‘Sarkis Jebejian uses his substantial experience to provide excellent legal advice. I also appreciate his rapport with the regulators and counsel on the other side of our transaction. For large, strategically important M&A activity, this team is among the very best.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Accenture

BAE Systems

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Celanese Corporation

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Cvent Holding Corp.

Diversey Holdings, Ltd.

Eli Lilly and Company

EQT Corporation

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA

KKR & Co, Inc.

NortonLifeLock

Oak Street Health

Option Care Health

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Verizon

Vincent McMahon

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Vincent McMahon on leading WWE through a review of its strategic alternatives and on the resulting $21bn merger with Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised Oak Street Health on its $10.6bn sale to CVS Health.
  • Advised Six Flags Entertainment Corporation on its $8bn merger of equals with Cedar Fair.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 1

In addition to its diverse caseload and close relationships with leading private equity clients such as Bain Capital, Blackstone, and KKR, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP also cements its market-leading reputation with its ability to advise funds and portfolio companies on complex and market-defining deals. The team serves as a key player for high-value sponsor consolidations, impactful cross-border carve-outs and joint venture formations, and continuation fund transactions, among others. Jon Ballis boasts a longstanding record in the transactional private equity space and practices from the Chicago office together with growth investment expert Douglas Gessner. Key names in the New York office include leveraged buyout expert Jennifer Perkins, who works closely with KKR on a variety of investment transactions and portfolio deals, Peter Martelli, who is noted for his ability to guide clients through minority investments and joint ventures, and cross-border transactions specialist Srinivas Kaushik. Armand Della Monica is based in Boston and handles PE transactions in a variety of industry sectors, including logistics and life sciences, while the Los Angeles-based Jonathan Benloulou notably advises on asset manager M&A.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Ballis; Douglas Gessner; Jennifer Perkins; Peter Martelli; Armand Della Monica; Richard Campbell; Leo Greenberg; Srinivas Kaushik; Sanford Perl; Jonathan Benloulou; Matthew Arenson; Matthew O’Brien; Jeremy Liss; Ted Frankel; Michael Weisser

Testimonials

‘The most connected, smartest, most articulate, hardworking team.’

‘Solution providers, creative.’

‘The team I typically interact with includes Doug Gessner, Jeremy Liss, and Matt Arenson. All are incredible: Great partners, market approach to negotiation/problem solving, and collaborative approach. I would highly recommend this team.’

Key clients

AE Industrial Partners

Apax Partners

Ares Management

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

Blackstone Inc.

Brookfield Asset Management

The Carlyle Group

EQT Corporation

Francisco Partners

GTCR

KKR

Madison Dearborn Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

Thomas H. Lee Partners

TPG

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 1

The New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a shareholder activism and hostile takeover defense team that is well regarded for handling some of the most complex and high-profile matters in the US market. The firm draws on its wider strength across related departments in M&A, capital markets, ESG, litigation and restructuring to provide strategic advice to prevent costly proxy fights. However, the team is experienced when those contests do arise and has been one of the firms at the forefront of contests under the SEC’s new universal proxy rules. Shaun Mathew is ‘efficient, thoughtful, creative and aggressive‘ in his counsel to a range of well-known companies and board members, with Sarkis Jebejian being another key figure to note. Eric Schiele and Daniel Wolf are particular strong in matters arising from M&A.

Testimonials

‘K&E always think two or three steps ahead of the opposition (including competitors). They are creative, but not so creative as to jeopardize the client’s ultimate goal. At most corporate law firms, I have noticed a big drop-off in talent under the main partner – not at K&E, where there is top-notch advice and talent from head partner to first-year associate.’

‘Shaun Mathew has exceptional skills as a lawyer, but also provides exceptional advice as a deal practitioner. I have been handling M&A and activism for 30-plus years and would rank Shaun in my top 5 of all time.’

‘Brainy and creative, the Kirkland shareholder activism team has no equals.’

‘Shaun Mathew is efficient, thoughtful, creative and aggressive.’

‘Cohesive group of the most experienced and commercial lawyers I work with.’

‘Unmatched activism and special situations team that perfectly complements one of the deepest and broadest M&A teams of any global law firm.’

‘Daniel Wolf and Shaun Mathew are extremely battle tested and deeply experienced and aggressive defenders of clients facing a variety of complex, bet-the-company situations like M&A, hostile takeovers, activist shareholders, proxy fights, short attacks and other multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder situations. Truly best in class.’

Key clients

AIM ImmunoTech Inc.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Constellation Brands, Inc.

CURO Group Holdings Corp.

Daseke, Inc.

Eli Lilly & Company

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc.

Heron Therapeutics, Inc.

Mueller Water Products

ONEOK, Inc.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Sylvamo

Thoma Bravo

Venator Materials Plc

Vince McMahon

Vista Equity Partners

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Vince McMahon on actions in support of a plan for WWE to undertake a review of strategic alternatives, including the election by written consent to the WWE Board of Mr. McMahon and two other individuals.
  • Advised AIM ImmunoTech on an attempted proxy contest under the SEC’s new universal proxy rules, which developed to litigation at the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Advising Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in response to the pending hostile takeover bid and threatened proxy contest from Choice Hotels International.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers a robust advertising and marketing litigation offering, covering investigation defense, representation in false and misleading advertising claims, and defending competitive advertising matters. The practice is particularly adept at handling IP disputes and its expertise makes it a go-to firm for high-profile clients across sectors. Chicago-based Ross Weisman has expertise in all aspects of advertising and promotion law but is particularly regarded for his vast experience defending and challenging Lanham Act cases in federal court, as well as representing clients before the NAD and NARB. Also based in Chicago is Robin McCue who focuses on IP litigation, and more specifically, trademark and false advertising litigation. She has substantial courtroom experience bringing and defending matters before the NAD. Other key members of the team include Gregg LoCascio and Richard Cunningham, both of whom are based in Washington DC – LoCascio is recognized for his IP work, in which he is regularly involved in trial cases and preliminary injunctions, while Cunningham concentrates on antitrust and consumer protection law, often securing clearance for deals from the FTC and DOJ. Robyn Bladow, based in Los Angeles, is noted for defending class actions and false advertising claims. In between Dallas and Washington DC, Olivia Adendorff is an active member of the group and has amassed experience in FTC investigations, private antitrust litigation, and class actions. Allison Buchner, based in Los Angeles, brings to the team trademark and copyright expertise, and has represented clients before federal and state courts nationwide. She is noted for aiding clients ‘through complex issues with professionalism and care.’

Testimonials

‘Their advice was exceptional in terms of quality and timeliness.’

‘The team was highly proficient and efficient.’

‘They walked us through each step of the process with care, and made sure we were up-to-date with any developments.’

‘Instrumental in the success of the project.’

We worked mainly with Allison Buchner, an exceptional lawyer. She was always there for us, taking us through complex issues with professionalism and care.

Key clients

Allergan

Charter Communications

Chosen Foods

ClassPass

Colgate-Palmolive

Dyson

Eli Lilly & Company

GoodRx

Handi-Foil

Hello Products

IC Holdings

JUUL Labs

Pete and Gerry’s Organics

S.C. Johnson & Son

Woodstream

Young Living Essential Oils

ZenBusiness

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s technology and IP transactions practice leverages the firm’s international presence to undertake an impressive variety of cross-border work, particularly in the biotech, AI, and manufacturing spaces. The group concentrates on business transactions relating to tech assets and IP rights and frequently adopts a multidisciplinary approach in transactions by liaising with its tax and corporate disciplines. Seth Traxler is recognized for his strengths in carve-out transactions and strategic alliances between tech companies and e-commerce marketplace platforms, while Matthew Lovell guides clients through telecoms projects and IP licensing matters. Neil Hirshman handles domestic and foreign transactions involving software, trademarks, and data. San Francisco-based John Lynn is noted for his skill in the acquisition and financing of tech-focused businesses, in addition to fielding significant know-how in data protection concerns. Unless otherwise mentioned, all individuals are stationed in the firm’s Chicago office.

Key clients

Apax Partners

AppHub Holdings

Celsius Network LLC

Charter Communication

Cosm

Cvent Holding Corp

Eli Lilly

Firefly Aerospace

Francisco Partners Management

Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd.

Naver Corporation

TA Associates

Thomas H. Lee

Thoma Bravo

TPG Capital

Transom

Victoria’s Secret

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Firefly Aerospace on its collaboration with Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide an American-built first-stage upgrade for Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket.
  • Advised Victoria’s Secret & Co on its acquisition of Adore Me, Inc.
  • Advised Cosm on its multi-year strategic partnership agreement with the NBA, UFC, and Cirque Du Soleil.

Real estate Tier 1

‘Unmatched in terms of knowledge, advice and negotiations’, the multidisciplinary team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted for its experience advising major private equity sponsors and REITs on joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals, as well as for its expertise in funds, both in terms of formation and deployment, and securities. The firm has strong expertise across a plethora of asset classes spanning logistics, multifamily and student housing through to life sciences, data centers, and hospitality, among many others. New York based co-head Jonathan Schechter regularly represents domestic and international clients, notably top private equity firms, on transactions and joint venture matters, as does Christopher Hartmann from the same office. In Los Angeles, co-head Kevin Ehrhart focuses on capital investment, financings, and operating company acquisitions, among other areas. He is joined by Robert Keane, Jr who is often approached by pension funds, private equity groups, and commercial and investment banks for his equity investment, reorganization, workout and restructuring experience. In Chicago, co-lead Rachel Brown is another key contact, especially on structured and mezzanine financing and development matters, as is Andrew Small on private capital raising, finance, and investment mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Schechter; Rachel Brown; Kevin Ehrhart

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hartmann; Robert Keane; Andrew Small; Joshua Hanna

Testimonials

‘The team is unmatched in terms of knowledge, advice and negotiations. Any difficult deal, they are the first call to work through complicated structures.’

‘Kirkland’s breadth across the commercial real estate life cycle provides us with confidence that we can obtain timely and commercial advice whenever questions of significance arise. The firm demonstrates these capabilities particularly in the areas of real estate focused joint ventures and REIT acquisitions and dispositions. Kirkland’s ability to blend knowledge of the corporate and real estate aspects required to execute these transactions is a great asset.’

‘Joshua Hanna consistently delivers in critical commercial transactions. Joshua’s responsiveness, even manner, and knowledge have directed our firm through multiple significant transactions. Joshua does not shy away from taking the reins on transactions and is a partner level resource that is invaluable to us.’

Key clients

Blue Owl Real Estate Capital

GLP

TPG Real Estate

Realterm Asset Management

Cyrus One

Cerberus Capital Management

Starwood Capital Group

Rockwood Capital

Oaktree Capital Management

KKR

Fortress Investment Group

Oak View Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Apollo Global Management

GID Investment Advisers

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Owl on its acquisition together with GIC of STORE Capital Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $15 billion.
  • Advised the special committee of the board of Safehold Inc. in connection with Safehold’s $6.4 billion tax-free, strategic combination with its controlling shareholder iStar Inc.
  • Advised TPG Real Estate on its joint venture with Digital Realty in which TPG acquired majority stake in three stabilized hyperscale data centers in Northern Virginia and the related financing thereof.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advises on tax planning in connection with domestic and foreign M&A, buyouts, fund formations, restructurings, bankruptcy reorganizations, financings, and executive compensation arrangements. Practice head Dean Shulman, who is based in New York, has significant experience advising on and structuring transactions, including partnership workouts and restructurings, like-kind exchanges, and transactions involving the formation and operation of partnerships. In Chicago, Rachel Cantor‘s practice is focused on the tax aspects of complex business transactions, with particular experience handling private equity, LBO, and merger and acquisition transactions. New York-based Sara Zablotney advises on the full spectrum of transactions, including M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, and spin-offs. In Chicago, Mike Carew has expertise in the tax aspects of M&A, buyouts, and private equity investing and Lee Morlock advises Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies on the structuring of cross-border operations. In New York, Mark Schwed supports public companies and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on their domestic and international acquisitions, investments, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. Restructuring transaction specialist Anthony Sexton, Polina Liberman, both based in Chicago, and New York's Adam Kool, who handle the full breadth of business transactions, are notable team members. In 2023, the team welcomed the expertise of David Foster from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Sam Kamyans from Allen & Overy LLP, both based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Dean Shulman

Key clients

AE Industrial Partners

Alpine Investors

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone

BlockFi Inc.

Blue Owl Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

Cineworld Group plc

Energy Capital Partners

Fortress Investment Group (Senior Management)

GTCR

I Squared Capital (ISQ)

Sycamore Partners

TA Associates

THL

Thoma Bravo

Veritas Capital

ZC Group

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s non-contentious tax group advises on a broad range of high-value matters, including domestic and international M&A, buyouts, real estate investments, fund formations, restructurings, and bankruptcy reorganizations. Dean Shulman in New York, with considerable experience handling tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, IPOs, and fund formations, leads the team alongside Chicago’s Todd Maynes, who focuses on tax issues in debt restructurings as well as bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. Chicago-based Rachel Cantor has a strong track record handling acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, recapitalizations, and debt and equity restructurings. David Wheat, operating from Dallas and Houston, offers expertise in M&A transactions and divestitures involving large public and private corporations and partnerships, while Vin Thorn in Boston is well known for advising on the tax aspects of private equity transactions. Los Angeles-based Anne Kim counts private equity funds, public and private companies, and publicly traded partnerships among her client roster. Mike Carew in Chicago is also a key contact, advising on the tax aspects of securities issuances, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and debt and equity restructurings, among other issues. New York’s Sara Zablotney focuses on the tax aspects of M&A, spin-offs, divestitures, and joint ventures. Chicago-based Gregory Gallagher‘s domestic practice covers M&A, spin-offs, IPOs, and debt restructuring, while Mark Schwed in New York is noted for his experience advising on SPAC IPOs, financings, and business combinations. New York-based Joseph Tootle advises on the tax aspects of REITs and real estate transactions, among others. In 2023, David Wallace and Sam Kamyans joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Key clients

Alpine Investors

BAE Systems

Bain Capital

Blackstone

Civitas Resources

Eli Lilly and Company

GTCR

Kellogg Company

Madison Dearborn Partners

Patient Square Capital

Thoma Bravo

Vista Equity Partners

Voyager Digital Holdings

WeWork

World Wrestling Entertainment

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s client base comprises domestic and multinational companies as well as individuals, all benefitting from the team’s vast experience with both civil and criminal antitrust matters against the US government, other nations, and international bodies such as the EU Commission.  The team is led by three lawyers: Daniel Laytin's multifaceted caseload includes the entire scope of antitrust work, with recent matters stemming from industries such as material sciences, pharmaceuticals, energy and foods. Covering the intersection of antitrust topics and white-collar crime, James Mutchnik is particularly recommended for defending clients against allegations of price fixing and price discrimination, while Christa Cottrell is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. All mentioned lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Laytin; James Mutchnik; Christa Cottrell

Key clients

Dow Chemical Company

Hilcorp Energy Company

Hitachi, Ltd.

Propolsion Holdings, LLC

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

The Clemens Family Corporation

UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

The ‘excellent’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is renowned for its ability in handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional mergers, with its strengths on full display in the recent trial win over the DOJ in UnitedHealth’s $13.8bn acquisition of Change Healthcare. The team handles an ample influx of HSR filings and possesses standout capabilities in acting for clients before the DOJ and FTC, hailing from the worlds of aerospace, energy, pharma and retail. Matthew Reilly is a key figure in the team, noted for his focus on antitrust litigation, complex transactions and government investigations where major clients depend on him to navigate the approval process for high-profile transactions. Marin Boney  frequently represents clients before the FTC and DOJ in merger reviews and government investigations, while Richard Cunningham is noted for his litigation capabilities. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of Christopher Leach who joins from Mayer Brown and Rebekah Tobison Scherr who joins from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and New York's Daniel Zach, who arrived from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in January 2024. All practitioners mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Reilly

Other key lawyers:

Marin Boney; Ian John; Andrea Murino; Richard Cunningham; Craig Primis; Winn Allen; Christopher Leach; Rebekah Tobison Scherr

Testimonials

‘Excellent top-notch practice.’

‘The Kirkland merger control practice is highly strategic and prepares for the possibility of merger litigation at an early stage.’

‘Matt Reilly and Rich Cunningham are highly experienced former FTC lawyers who provide invaluable strategic antitrust advice and counsel. The antitrust litigation team headed by Craig Primis and Winn Allen was first class, highly competent trial counsel, capable of distilling complex antitrust, economic, and business issues into digestible evidentiary presentations to a court.’

Key clients

BAE Systems

EQT Corporation

Eli Lilly

Energy Transfer

FJ Management (Maverik)

Fortune Brands

Oak Street Health

Resonetics

Six Flags Entertainment

Specialty Products & Insulation

Southeastern Grocers

Tenet Healthcare

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Thoma Bravo

UnitedHealth Group

World Wrestling Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Represented UnitedHealth Group (UHG) against the DOJ at trial in its challenge to UHG’s $14 billion acquisition of Change Healthcare.
  • Advised EQT Corporation on its $5.2 billion acquisition of Tug Hill’s upstream assets from Quantum Energy Partners, which closed pursuant to an FTC remedy that required no asset divestitures and imposed no post-closing behavioral obligations on EQT.
  • Advised Fortune Brands on its acquisition of divested assets in the Assa Abloy/Spectrum Brands transaction, in which the DOJ sued, forcing the parties to “litigate the fix,” then settled before trial.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 2

With a ‘deep bench of tenacious litigators’ at its disposal, many of which display an ‘exceptional breadth of expertise’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well-equipped to handle a myriad product liability matters in state and federal litigation throughout the country. While being adept at handling all stages of the litigation process, the firm is particularly praised for its trial readiness, ensuring that clients receive a robust defense in the event of a trial but also favorable settlements. Chicago-based Mike Brock and Renee Smith are both ‘impressive trial lawyers’, whose subject matter versatility includes handling high-stakes auto-related product liability matters. Notably, Smith regularly represents GM in class actions and MDLs alleging damage caused by a range of product defects, including recently securing summary judgment putting an end to a class action and thousands of individual cases asserting that the auto manufacturer had conspired to install Volkswagen-type 'defeat device' software in hundreds of thousands of trucks.

Other key lawyers:

Renee Smith; Mike Brock; Dan Donovan; Robert Ellis; Hariklia Karis

Testimonials

Best of the best for mass tort litigation.’

They have a deep bench of tenacious litigators.’

Their breadth of experience gives them exceptional judgment. They are very thoughtful in their approach to issues and have an unusually strong sense of the Court and its judges.’

‘Their skills are top notch and their sterling reputations are well-deserved.’

Mike Brock and Renee Smith are impressive trial lawyers.’

Key clients

GATX Corporation

General Motors

Polaris Industries

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Recognized as being the ‘epitome of creative lawyering’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's practice is centered around its Chicago and Washington DC offices, and is particularly noted for its trial skills, regularly acting in bellwether trials and dispositive motions. Renee Smith is ‘superb at trying cases across a range of products’, regularly prevailing in jury trials and multiple federal MDLs. Robert Ellis is a ‘top-notch litigator’ who regularly defends high-profile companies in complex consumer fraud and product liability class actions. Washington DC-based Mike Brock has vast experience in product liability cases and is a key member of the team, which also includes Mark Filip, who splits his time between Chicago and Washington DC and excels in handling matters involving governmental investigations or enforcement issues.

Other key lawyers:

Renee Smith; Donna Welch; Jenny Levy; Hariklia Karis; Ragan Naresh; Michael Glick; Robert Ellis; Mark Filip; Mike Brock

Testimonials

‘They are the epitome of creative lawyering; they look at a case from all angles and put in the time and effort to understand the jurisdiction, parties, evidence, and legal standards thoroughly and better than the other side.’

Renee Smith is superb at trying cases across a range of products.’

Robert Ellis is a top-notch litigator.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AT&T

Chicago Cubs

Eli Lilly & Company

General Motors

Handi-Foil Corporation

Minerals Technologies

Syngenta

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Combining first-chair trial skills, alongside deep subject knowledge and procedural expertise, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a popular choice among many leading life sciences companies to defend them against high-stakes product liability disputes throughout the country. Many of these take the form of MDLs/class actions, with the firm excelling in taking on leadership roles as national co-ordinating counsel, as well as handling key hearings – where it shines at explaining complex scientific issues to juries. The firm’s longstanding relationship with Abbott Laboratories recently saw it representing the Chicago-based medical device company in an MDL stemming from allegations regarding its recalled baby formula sickened infants. The firm has also had a key role in the sprawling opiate litigation on behalf of Allergan and continues to defend it against ongoing claims by hundreds of private and public entities that opted out of the recent global settlement. Washington DC-based Mike Brock is ‘a superb trial lawyer across product lines’ and remains particularly active in the life sciences space. Brock is a key member of the team along with Washington DC-based Jennifer Levy  and Donna Welch in Chicago, with all three having a key role in the aforementioned Allergan matter.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brock; Jennifer Levy; Donna Welch

Testimonials

Mike Brock is a superb trial lawyer across product lines.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Allergan

Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Eli Lilly & Company

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Impax Laboratories

Moderna, Inc.

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Defends Abbott Laboratories in multidistrict litigation arising out of a recall of infant formula.
  • Representing Allergan in thousands of civil suits in multiple state and federal courts related to its sale and marketing of opioid pain killers.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

The best of the best for mass tort litigation’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly has a fulcrum role in class actions and MDLs in major environmental and toxic tort disputes throughout the country. Recognized as the ‘epitome of creative lawyering’, the team, which is more generalist than many in the ranking, has an excellent perspective throughout the litigation continuum, using its feared trial lawyers as effective leveraging tools to achieve beneficial settlements for clients, as well as being dogged and effective advocates in federal and state courts throughout the country. Washington DC-based litigator Mike Brock is a distinguished advocate whose versatile practice has included some high-profile environmental and toxic tort mandates; he continues to act as lead trial lawyer for BP in ongoing cases emanating from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other recommended lawyers include Chicago-based litigators Renee SmithLeslie Smith, and Donna Welch, all of whom have experience advising manufacturers and life sciences clients in toxic tort matters.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brock; Jennifer Levy; Leslie Smith; Renee Smith; Donna Welch; Jay Lefkowitz; Sierra Elizabeth; Devora Allon

Testimonials

The best of the best for mass tort litigation.’

They are the epitome of creative lawyering.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie Inc.

BP America

Dow Chemical Company

E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Company, Inc.

GlaxosmithKline

Haleon plc

Hilco Redevelopment

Johnson & Johnson

Minerals Technologies Inc.

Polaris Industries

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Energy > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

Routinely handling a wide range of regulatory matters for the electric power market, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's advisory portfolio includes representing clients before authorities such as FERC, DOE, NRC, as well as CFTC. Power purchase agreements, M&A deals, and project development are among the key areas of activity for the firm alongside enforcement investigations and litigation. Brooksany Barrowes' experience covers ISO and RTO tariff proceedings as well as corporate compliance proceedings, among others, while Robert Fleishman fields in-depth expertise regarding the regulatory aspects of transactions within the energy market and routinely defends clients in enforcement actions. Andrew Stuyvenberg is another key practitioner in the team and offers experience acting on matters including FERC approvals for M&A deals, electric rate proceedings under the FPA, and nuclear regulatory issues. Marcia Hook left the firm in February 2024. All mentioned lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

GenOn Holdings, LLC

Bluescape Energy Partners LLC

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.

Aypa Power LLC

Investec Bank PLC

Blackstone Energy Partners III L.P.

Blackstone Capital Partners VIII L.P. and Portfolio Companies

Archaea Energy Inc.

Calpine Corporation

Cypress Creek Renewables

Air Products

Kindle Energy, LLC

Vineyard Wind 1, LLC

Ad Hoc Committee of Talen Energy Corporation

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Voltus Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a coalition of ten companies that own merchant generation in PJM (led by GenOn Holdings, LLC) in litigation before FERC challenging record-setting capacity non-performance charges (penalties) assessed by PJM Interconnection LLC in connection with Winter Storm Elliott.
  • Advised Blackstone Energy Partners III L.P. and Blackstone Capital Partners VIII L.P., and their portfolio companies Transmission Developers, Inc., TDI-USA Holdings LLC, and CHPE LLC, in connection with the development and construction financing of the Champlain Hudson Power Express, an approximately 339-mile fully buried transmission line that will deliver approximately 1,250 MW of clean and renewable hydropower from Québec to New York City.
  • Advised creditors to Talen Energy Solutions on energy and nuclear regulatory matters in connection with a Chapter 11 restructuring of more than $10bn in debt and assets, including with respect to obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's significant M&A and private equity finance strengths are leveraged in a renewable energy group whose scope continues to broaden and acts on transactions, financing and development of a plethora of projects. Blackstone is one of a host of major PE firms that look to the Kirkland team for advice on project acquisition finance, while the team has also acted for project owners in joint ventures and tax equity financing. Coordinated by energy and infrastructure head Andrew Calder at the Houston office, the team is represented across a number of locations. In New York, Kristin Mendoza stands out for her renewables-focused PE practice, and Robert Eberhardt has significant experience in a wide range of transactions involving onshore and offshore wind, solar, storage, hydrogen and other assets. In Houston, John Pitts and Cyril Jones are among the key senior contacts, and Ahmed Sidik is a younger partner to note. Kevin Crews in Dallas frequently advises clients on energy transition matters, and Roald Nashi at the Washington DC office is accomplished across the range of financing matters in the energy space. A further addition in Washington DC saw Sam Kamyans bolster the firm’s tax offering after joining from Allen & Overy LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder

Testimonials

‘Kevin Crews and his team are candidly outstanding. I have worked with Kevin for many, many years and am proud to consider him both a true partner as well as an advisor in all aspects of energy investing.’

‘Kevin Crews and his team are just honestly always there for you with the right answer, no matter the situation. This is not just with regards to legal matters – they are highly commercial, have great market knowledge, and provide assistance beyond just the docs. I could not have done the things I have without Kevin and his team. They are exceptional in every way.’

Work highlights

  • Advised asset manager Blackstone Credit on its Blackstone Green Private Credit Fund III, which raised $7.1bn.
  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its acquisition of a 49% interest in California energy producer Aera Energy in partnership with IKAV which has acquired the remaining 51 percent interest in Aera.
  • Advised Vineyard Wind 1, LLC on the closing of a first-of-its-kind tax equity package for commercial-scale offshore wind with three US-based banks.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is best known for representing sponsor-backed companies in high-yield debt offerings, though it has a much broader practice for public companies and underwriters. The capital markets team is also noted for liability management and restructuring exercises, including Chapter 11 processes; this was an active area of practice for the team in 2023. New York partners Joshua KorffSophia Hudson  and Christian Nagler  are prominent names in debt offerings, along with Chicago partner Robert Hayward . Rachel Sheridan has joined the Washington DC office from Latham & Watkins LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Sophia Hudson; Christian Nagler; Robert Hayward; Rachel Sheridan

Key clients

Alight, Inc.

Allegion

Ares Management

At Home

Bed Bath & Beyond

Blue Owl Capital Inc.

Callon Petroleum Company

Carvana Co.

Charter Communications

Civitas Resources

Eli Lilly

GTCR

Intuitive Machines

John Deere

Kellogg

Kodiak Gas Services

Shoals Technologies Group

Vericast Corp.

Vista Equity Partners

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advised Bed Bath & Beyond on multiple out-of-court transactions that allowed it to avoid what would have otherwise been an immediate free-fall Chapter 11 filing, which included an equity capital markets transaction.
  • Advised global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company on a four-tranche $4bn registered bond offering.
  • Advised WeWork on multiple transactions, including the comprehensive restructuring of its capital structure, reducing WeWork’s net debt by approximately $1.5bn.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of US IPOs for issuers. Its deal pipeline is fuelled by its client base of private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with a multitude of other major corporates.  Chicago partner Robert Hayward is a leader in equity offerings, particularly those involving issuers based in the Midwest. Christian Nagler is at the forefront of SPAC-related offerings, notably advising Ares Acquisition Corp II on its $500m upsized IPO in 2023. Joshua Korff and Sophia Hudson are also highly-rated partners that cover both debt and equity offerings. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Christian Nagler; Sophia Hudson; Robert Hayward; Philippa Bond

Key clients

Alight, Inc.

Allegion

Ares Management

At Home

Bed Bath & Beyond

Blue Owl Capital Inc.

Callon Petroleum Company

Carvana Co.

Charter Communications

Civitas Resources

Eli Lilly

GTCR

Intuitive Machines

John Deere

Kellogg

Kodiak Gas Services

Shoals Technologies Group

Vericast Corp.

Vista Equity Partners

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advised Bed Bath & Beyond on multiple out-of-court transactions that allowed it to avoid an immediate “free-fall” Chapter 11 filing, which included a novel equity capital markets transaction.

Finance > Project finance

Advising some of the market’s largest asset managers, financial sponsors and pension funds, Kirkland & Ellis LLP covers a variety of transaction types and assets. Infrastructure engagement focuses heavily on the digital space, with the team advising on the debt and equity financings for data center and fiber ventures, whereas on the energy front the firm has a broader ambit that includes, but is not limited to, wind, solar, hydropower, gas, hydrogen and battery storage. Rohit Chaudhry leads both sides of the firm’s project finance offering and has a proven track record on solar, LNG and fiber mandates, whereas Roald Nashi, who is also equally competent across both sector strands, has predominantly focused on energy transition work such as renewables, anaerobic digestion plants and carbon capture facilities, as well as data centers. Another key individual who has a practice concentrated on energy transition work, Robert Eberhardt is especially well-regarded for his onshore and offshore wind capabilities, while Tatiana Monastyrskaya is a key contact to Blackstone, handling their development and financing instructions. Michael Masri brings a wealth of tax equity financing and tax credit transactions expertise to bear on a number of mandates, and Tatiana Monastyrskaya continues to be a critical advisor to LNG and data center projects. Olivia George is well-versed on a wide array of project finance transaction structures. Tax specialist Sam Kamyans joined the team from Allen & Overy LLP in November 2023. Chaudhry, Nashi and Kamyans operate out of Washington DC, whereas the rest of the team sit in New York.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Testimonials

‘Superstar team. Highly knowledgeable, responsive, business-friendly, collaborative and provides alternative fee structures.’

‘Tatiana Monaststyrskaya is one of the best in the industry. Tatiana knows what the market is, what is important and what is not. She does what’s needed to get the deal done on time and on budget with outstanding quality. She is business-friendly, accessible, collaborative and the only person I want at my side negotiating deals.’

‘I’ve found K&E to be outstanding in their focus on delivering for the client, especially on complex transactions. A diverse skill set ensure that an expert is always available, regardless of the nature of problem.’

‘Tatiana Monastyrskaya at K&E was the driving force that enabled us to close a large, complicated financing in record time. She’s exceptionally creative, organized and focused.’

Key clients

Ares

Altus Power America Inc.

Aypa I Power LLC

BlackRock Inc.

Blackstone

Brookfield

Clearway Energy Group LLC

Global Infrastructure Partners

Intersect Power

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Macquarie

NorthRiver Midstream

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

Orion Infrastructure Capital

Quantum Energy Partners

Santa Maria Renewable Energy

SB Energy Global, LLC

Servicios y Terminales De Tuxpan, S.A. DE C.V.

TPG Rise Climate

Viridi Energy

Vineyard Wind

Warburg Pincus

Ares

Altus Power America Inc.

Aypa I Power LLC

BlackRock Inc.

Blackstone

Brookfield

Clearway Energy Group LLC

Global Infrastructure Partners

Intel Corporation

Intersect Power

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

Macquarie

NorthRiver Midstream

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan

Orion Infrastructure Capital

Quantum Energy Partners

Santa Maria Renewable Energy

SB Energy Global, LLC

Servicios y Terminales De Tuxpan, S.A. DE C.V.

TPG Rise Climate

Viridi Energy

Vineyard Wind

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners in the financing of its investment in RIO Grande LNG , an $18.4 billion project.
  • Advised Blackstone Energy Partners III L.P. and Blackstone Capital Partners V III L.P., and their portfolio companies Transmission Developers, Inc., TDI-USA Holdings LLC, and CHPE LLC, in connection with the development and construction financing of Champlain Hudson Power Express. The overall project cost is approximately $6 billion.
  • Advising Vineyard Wind in the raising of $2.3 billion to create the first U.S. commercial scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Advising both financial institutions and companies across a wide range of industries as issuers, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well-placed to advise on numerous classes of assets, including in equipment loans, commercial and residential real estate loans, auto loans and dealer floorplan loans. Jeffrey O’Connor leads the practice out of Chicago alongside Janette McMahan in New York. O’Connor maintains a strong ABS practices, with experience in industries ranging from the auto and equipment sectors to oil & gas and healthcare. McMahan is well-practiced in the auto loan and lease sector also, as well as having significant experience in relation to marketplace loans trade receivables transactions. Rudgee Charles and Joel Weinberger provide notable expertise to the team, practicing in Dallas and Chicago respectively. Michael Urschel joined the New York office in June 2024 from Milbank, contributing significant experience across the securitization market.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey O’Connor; Janette McMahan

Key clients

Centerbridge Partners

Deere & Company

Navistar Financial Corporation

NextGear Capital, Inc.

Stone Point Capital

Travel + Leisure Co.

World Omni Financial Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised QDOBA Restaurant Corporation and its owner, Butterfly Equity, in connection with QDOBA’s inaugural securitization of revenue-generating assets and the related issuance of notes with an aggregate principal balance of $305 million.
  • Advised World Omni Financial Corp. in issuances of over $5 billion of asset-backed notes secured by auto loans and leases.
  • Advised multiple clients in private offerings of asset-backed notes secured by energy assets.

Government > State attorneys general Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP  is well-equipped to support a broad range of companies in matters involving state attorneys general, investigations, and enforcement actions. Split between Chicago and Washington DC, the team routinely engages with some of the largest multistate investigations, covering issues including consumer protection, antitrust, data privacy, and ESG. Chicago-based former Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan is a breakout star with diverse expertise in the fields of consumer protection, data privacy, healthcare, and the environment, while Donna Welch has secured key wins in litigation against pharmaceutical companies. In DC, Reginald Brown provides strategic counsel and crisis management assistance to clients facing complex and significant regulatory, enforcement and reputational matters, and Jennifer Levy is an excellent choice for state AG litigation, particularly with regard to pharmaceuticals and product liability. Brian Benczkowski has significant investigations and enforcement experience, and counts among his strengths healthcare, tech and financial services. Raya Treiser is a key contact for ESG matters, with strong relationships in the energy sector. Mark Filip, who splits his time between both offices, leads on defenses and investigations concerning pharmaceutical, healthcare, and tech companies, while Olivia Adendorff, who also has a base in Dallas, supports on consumer protection, false advertising, antitrust, and ESG claims.

Key clients

JUUL Labs

Work highlights

  • Represented JUUL in multistate litigation involving allegations of fraudulent marketing, public nuisance and product liability claims.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

Fielding a team that is experienced in patent licensing, patent portfolio management, and patent infringement litigation, Kirkland & Ellis LLP counts both patent licensors and licensees in its diverse roster of life sciences and tech clients. Key contacts in the team include tech M&A specialist Seth Traxler, who is based in Chicago, and John Lynn, who divides his time between San Francisco and Austin and advises on the tech, data protection, and AI elements of corporate and financing transactions. New York’s David MacDonald frequently works on technology transactions, licensing agreements on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and settlement agreements in patent litigation. In his dispute resolution-oriented practice, Chicago-based Russell Levine emphasizes patent infringement matters and disputes relating to technology transfer and patent licensing agreements. Los Angeles’ Ellisen Turner is a key name for complex patent licenses and technology transactions, and in New York, Shellie Freedman is adept at handling IP joint ventures and strategic alliances in addition to licensing matters.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kirkland has a deep bench of experienced patent litigation and transactional attorneys that provide a full range of services for companies seeking to mitigate risk from third-party patents. Kirkland is one of few firms that have attorneys with the level of transactional expertise we need to assist our patent transactions team.’

‘David MacDonald is an exceptional transactional attorney who provides us with excellent counsel on some of our most challenging transactional matters.’

‘Robert Appleby is a very talented and experienced patent litigation attorney who represents us in some of our most high-risk patent assertion and litigation matters.’

‘Alan Rabinowitz is a very talented patent litigator who counsels us on some of our most high-risk assertion and litigation matters.’

Key clients

AutoStore

Open Invention Network

Work highlights

  • Advising Open Invention Network, a joint venture of nine companies and 3800+ licensing participants from 100+ countries, on its patent non-aggression activities and its support of the freedom of action with respect to the Linux operating system.
  • Represented AutoStore in the complete settlement of all claims in their global litigation with Ocado Group, which included mutually beneficial global cross-license of each other’s pre-2020 patents.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 2

With extensive experience in Section 337 actions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents both claimants and respondents before the ITC in matters relating to a wide range of products and technologies. In Washington DC, Paul Brinkman is an ITC specialist with a long track record of litigating Section 337 cases, and Gregg LoCascio is capable of acting on a broad range of IP matters. Also in DC, Edward Donovan focuses on tech-related litigation, Karthik Ravishankar has broad experience with ITC investigations realted to a variety of technologies, and Christopher Mizzo is an IP disputes expert. The group also Gregory Arovas in New York, who frequently represents tech clients at the ITC, New York-based Todd Friedman, who is a seasoned litigator, and Chicago-based patent infringement expert Jay Emerick.

Key clients

Ascletis Pha-B

BRS Outdoor Sports Holdings, LLC

Delta Electronics, Inc.

Quanta Computer Inc.

Foxconn Technology Group

iRobot Corporation

Intel Corporation

Lighting Science Group Corp.

Porsche Cars North America

Porsche AG

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

TCL Electronics

Work highlights

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 2

Leading asset managers and alternative sponsors entering the retail market recognize Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s growing practice in the registered funds and BDC space, the latter being a particularly strong suit for the firm. Nicole Runyan leads the New York-based team, working with the team’s major clients including 26North, Apollo and Blue Owl. The team grew significantly in February of 2024, when Goodwin’s entire registered funds team joined the firm, namely Paul Delligatti, Christopher Palmer and Jason Monfort, all of whom substantially bolster the firms offering in the areas of open-end and closed-end funds, exchange traded funds, interval funds and BDCs as well as Andrew Zutz and Nicole Griffin, who handle regulatory, compliance and governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Runyan

Other key lawyers:

Paul Delligatti; Christoper Palmer; Jason Monfort; Andrew Zutz; Nicole Griffin; Pamela Chen

Testimonials

‘Breadth of talent and knowledge.’

‘K&E is in my view among the leading global law firms, to be trusted with the most important client matters. They provide the highest level of client service. They are knowledgeable and at the cusp of all leading trends. They do a great job of training their younger attorneys.’

‘Nicole Runyan – business-minded, practical.’

‘Pamela Chen embodies K&E’s “can do” ethos. Knowledgeable but practical as well in helping clients achieve their business objectives. Super engaged as outside counsel and I felt as if they were part of our internal team with the same motivation to achieve business success.’

Key clients

26North Partners LP / 26North BDC, Inc.

Alger Family of Funds and ETFs / Fred Alger Management

Ares Management / Ares BDCs / Ares Private Markets Fund

ARK Investment Management

BBR Partners / BBR ALO Fund, LLC

Blue Owl Capital / Blue Owl BDCs

Cliffwater LLC

Crescent Capital / Crescent Capital BDCs

Eagle Point Credit Management

Engine No. 1

First Eagle Investment Management

Gladstone BDCs / The Gladstone Companies

Lord Abbett & Co.

Neuberger Berman Registered Private Equity Funds

Oaktree Capital Management / Oaktree BDCs

Work highlights

  • Advised Vista Equity Partners in connection with a first-of-its kind, multi-manager direct access vehicle sponsored and managed by iCapital—iDirect Private Markets Fund.
  • Represented Engine No. 1 in the acquisition by The TCW Group of Engine No. 1’s Transform ETF business and infrastructure, which manages more than $600 million in U.S. equity ETFs focused on supply chain onshoring and energy transition.
  • Advised BBR and the Fund in ongoing operations of the Fund, including coming into compliance with new Rules 2a-5 and 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act.

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Chicago-based practice advises on an extensive range of matters, including ITO and BPO transactions, strategies for digital transformations, strategic alliances, commercial agreements, and licensing. Engaged by both customer and service providers, the firm is recognized for its experience in the healthcare, financial services, and utilities industries. Neil Hirshman offers expertise in the software development, patent, and tech licensing spheres and is recognized for his ability to handle both domestic and cross-border projects. Industry veteran Gregg Kirchhoefer concentrates on transactional matters, often handling issues in the software and telecoms spaces. Clients regularly rely onTodd Herst for assistance with licensing arrangements and the negotiation of complex tech and data transactions. Kevin Jacobsen‘s scope of work extends to IP-related transactions, in addition to handling transfer agreements and SaaS agreements.

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

SSM Health

Huntsman

Work highlights

  • Advised Charter Communications, Inc. on its joint venture with Comcast Corporation to develop and offer a next-generation streaming platform on a variety of branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

Advising both pubic and private REITs, the REITs team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP combines its capital markets, tax, real estate, and M&A expertise to advise on a variety of matters. The offers nationwide expertise across key business centres including New York, Chicago, and Houston. Acquisitions involving REITs and securitization of data centers are some of the recent matters handled by the team. The practice has also assisted healthcare REITs and has helped launch new non-traded REITs in the net lease space. Michael Brueck represents buyers and sellers in REIT M&A, while Mike Beinus handles the tax side of REIT transactions. Both aforementioned lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brueck; Mike Beinus

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Bruce Gelman; Andrew Small; David Rosenberg

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management, LLC

Blue Owl Real Estate Capital LLC

Carlyle Global Credit Investment Management LLC

Cerberus Credit Management, L.P.

Cyrus One LP

Dune Real Estate Partners LP

Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc.

Equity Residential

Fortress Investment Group

GLP Capital Partners LP

Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

JLL Income Property Trust

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P.

LaSalle Investment Management

Safehold Inc. Special Committee

Scalar, LLC

Starwood Capital Global Group, L.P.

StorageMart

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.

Ventas, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Blue Owl on its acquisition together with GIC of STORE Capital Corporation in a transaction valued at approximately $15 billion.
  • Advised the special committee of the board of Safehold Inc. on Safehold’s $6.4 billion tax-free, strategic combination with its controlling shareholder iStar Inc.
  • Represented CyrusOne in a $701 million asset-backed securitization of a portfolio of data centers located in Virginia and Texas.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s rapidly growing team covers an extensive range of tax disputes at all judicial levels in addition to offering strengths in alternate dispute resolution methods. The department is regularly sought out by high profile clients, including leading names in the energy, private equity and banking sectors. Key names in Houston include Richard Husseini, a highly experienced practitioner who covers both contentious and non-contentious tax mandates, and David Cole, whose expertise encompasses both federal and state tax matters. Natalie Keller in Chicago is well-versed in audits, appeals, and litigation and regularly works with clients in the energy and financial management sectors. Washington DC lawyer David Foster is well known in the market and has a broad practice which includes transfer pricing, estate and gift taxes, and criminal tax.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agro Holdings

Darling Ingredients

Excelsior Aggregates

Marlin Woods Capital

South32

Woodside Partners LP

PCMG Trading Partners XII LP

Kalkhoven/Pettit Trading Partners LP

Kalkhoven/Pettit #2 Trading Partners LP

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Demonstrating a marked focus on IP-related appeals, satisfied clients of Kirkland & Ellis LLP praise the team as the ‘best in the business’. The firm has a strong presence before the Federal Circuit, which hears federal cases involving patents and trademark registrations, among other specialist issues. Key contact John O’Quinn, who is based in Washington DC, is particularly recommended for IP and regulatory appeals and has argued more than fifty patent appeals in the Federal Circuit. O’Quinn recently teamed up with the IP practice to secure three wins for Intel in the Federal Circuit with the reversal of three unfavorable Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings. The department also draws on George Hicks, who splits his time between Washington DC and Dallas; New York’s Jay Lefkowitz, who is noted for his record in the life sciences sphere; and Washington DC-based William Burgess.

Practice head(s):

John O’Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kirkland’s federal patent appellate team is the best in the business. The team’s strategies are finely honed, writing is among the best I’ve ever seen, and lawyers are excellent on their feet in court hearings. No weak spot here.’

‘John O’Quinn is a true, standout appellate lawyer. His strategy, writing, and oral advocacy are second to none. He is an exceptionally clear communicator. Diva Hollis is an outstanding up-and-coming young appellate partner.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Allergan

The Boeing Company

BP Exploration & Production

CIOX Health LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Eli Lilly & Company

Intel Corporation

Juul Labs

Motorola Solutions

Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions

Parma Investments

Red Hat

Ruel Hamilton

Teva Pharmaceuticals North America

Gilead Sciences

NetChoice

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Juul Labs in litigation challenging the FDA’s order banning sales of Juul’s e-cigarette products.
  • Obtained a hat-trick of wins for Intel in the Federal Circuit with the reversal of three unfavorable Patent Trial and Appeal Board rulings.
  • Represented Gilead Sciences before the New Mexico Supreme Court in an action brought by the New Mexico Attorney General alleging anti-competitive settlement agreements, among other claims.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

The e-discovery practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP advises major multinational clients involved in high-stakes prosecution and litigation across a diverse spectrum of industries, including financial services, technology, media, healthcare and energy. The practice is led by experienced litigators Vanessa Barsanti and Christopher Costello, from Chicago and Los Angeles respectively. Barsanti has vast experience of advising clients on e-discovery matters from the pre-trial to the post-trial stage, while Costello is particularly adept at acting in matters concerning litigation readiness, document retention and information management. Washington DC-based Amber Whipkey focuses on enforcement investigation-related matters, while Aulden Burcher-DuPont supports the team from New York and is another key member of note. Chicago lawyer Eliza Davis joined the firm in February 2024 from a previous position at Redgrave LLP.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Barsanti; Christopher Costello

Testimonials

‘K&E’s e-discovery practice team provides deep, genuine expertise. The lawyers on this team are deeply engaged with the law and technology. The expertise combined with the firm’s large geographic footprint and ability to scale for large, complex matters has made them a go-to firm for high-risk or highly contentious discovery matters.’

‘Vanessa Barsanti leads the e-discovery practice and personally handles some of the most complex and contentious issues. Vanessa is a genuine subject matter expert with a proven track record of delivering excellent results. She is also great to work with and does an excellent job of communication and managing expectations.’

‘Collaboration between the unrivalled litigation and practice technology team and the attorneys is incredibly unique.’

‘Partners are strong and engaged and creative. The technology group is exceptional.’

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a wide range of financial services litigation, representing clients in securities class actions, M&A cases, investigations and enforcement actions brought forward by the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, and the CFPB, as well as shareholder derivative and structured finance litigation. The firm has experience defending financial institutions and fintech companies, maintaining a multidisciplinary fintech practice which aids clients in regulatory, litigation, and investigative matters. Mark Filip, based between Chicago and Washington DC, is a key member of the group, leading the government enforcement defense and internal investigations practice. As a former judge and DOJ official, he has particular expertise acting as lead counsel in high-stakes matters. In Washington DC, Nader Salehi concentrates on financial fraud defense and insider trading claims brought by the SEC, FINRA, and the DOJ. Other notable names include Washington DC-based Reginald Brown and New York-based Zachary Brez – Brown is noted for his considerable experience representing clients in congressional inquiries and hearings, while Brez is well-regarded for his involvement in securities and international risk matters.

Key clients

Blackstone

Celsius Network

Vista Equity Partners

BC Partners

Robinhood Markets

TransUnion

Credit Karma

Insurance > Insurance: non-contentious Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s insurance practice offers comprehensive guidance on a variety of high-profile transactions, including M&A, reinsurance, joint ventures, securities offerings, and regulatory matters. Serving a diverse clientele that includes insurers, reinsurers, private equity firms, InsurTech firms, and other participants in the insurance industry, the firm provides tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of each client. Based in New York, Rajab Abbassi brings extensive experience in corporate transactions within the insurance sector, as well as expertise in strategic and governance matters. Parimah Hassouri, also in New York, complements the practice with a focus on insurance regulatory matters, providing regular counsel to both US and international insurers on a wide range of regulatory and corporate issues across various insurance sectors. Her client base encompasses entities operating in life, health, property and casualty, and title insurance industries, as well as private equity funds and other sponsors. Another key member, Kimberly Meng Han, also operating from New York, specializes in representing public companies, private equity sponsors, and private entities in a diverse array of complex business transactions, with a particular emphasis on the insurance industry.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The K&E insurance practice is extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and responsive. They are commercial and constructive (have helped us solve difficult issues without compromising the integrity of our transaction) and clearly have a solid grasp of the fundamental issues at hand.’

‘Rajab Abbassi is the primary partner we work with – he is tireless in his efforts, extremely knowledgeable and works well with opposing us and opposing counsel. This trifecta makes him unique and is why we he is one of our go-to lawyers in the insurance transactions space.’

Key clients

Abry Partners

Accretive Insurance Solutions

Antarctica Capital

Apax Partners

Bain Capital Insurance

Braemont Capital

Brightstar Capital

Castlelake, L.P.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Clearcover

Davidson Kempner

Francisco Partners

HGGC

Old Republic

Ryan Specialty Group

VSP Vision

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

With an established presence across retail, consumer, electronics and media sectors to name a few, Kirkland & Ellis LLP harnesses its global network to manage trademark licensing matters, branding, franchising and advertising matters for notable brands such as E.l.f Beauty. Practice head and IP authority Dale Cendali is especially noted for her extensive and wide-ranging experience across trademark, false advertising and trade secrets issues, while Claudia Ray demonstrates comprehensive capabilities that span the entertainment and media, financial services, technology, and consumer products industries. Other key names to note include Mary Mazzello, who regularly advises on branding matters, new product launches, and licensing, and Shanti Sadtler Conway, who bolsters the practice with her ability to handle social media, licensing and right of publicity issues, with Joshua Simmons also being recommended. All listed attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Ray; Mary Mazzello; Shanti Sadtler Conway; Joshua Simmons

Key clients

Audax Group

Blue Owl Capital

Carnegie Hall

CentralSquare

Churchill Downs Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive/Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Dick’s Sporting Goods

E.l.f. Beauty

Emburse

Flow

Golden Gate Capital

GTCR LLC

K1 Investment Management

Lionel LLC

Major Food Group

Major League Baseball

Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Scorpion Therapeutics

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

The Herjavac Group

Titan Fitness

Vista Equity Partners

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Based primarily in New York, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s intellectual property practice is comfortable handling critical matters in the entertainment industry. The firm is assisted in its ability to manage high-profile cases by capable lawyers that are skilled in crisis management and communications, and have experience representing in at all levels of the US court system. Dale Cendali is a widely respected IP lawyer with Supreme Court experience, capable of understanding and resolving intricate, novel areas of law. Claudia Ray is a skillful copyright arbitrator and litigator. The firm’s reach is benefited by Los Angeles based Diana Torres, who focuses on false advertising, copyright, contractual issues and commercial strategy. Joshua Simmons is a seasoned appellate and trial litigator that has had success with complex IP and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In addition to being incredibly smart and thoughtful, Dale Cendali is a pleasure to work with; she is pleasant, calm, and breaks down legalese to layperson language for the business.’

‘Mary Mazzello is sharp, hardworking, very responsive and also a pleasure to work with.’

 

 

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games

Fox News Network

Take-Two Interactive Software

Thomson Reuters Enterprise Centre

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP pulls together a robust transactional offering in the entertainment space, with music catalog acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships among the firm’s areas of focus. In Chicago, practice head Seth Traxler frequently brings his tech expertise to bear on a range of technology transactions for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to high-growth start-ups in the media and entertainment space. Spin-offs, carve-outs and securities offerings are among New York-based Edward Lee‘s areas of expertise. In the same office, Shellie Freedman is geared to handle mandates with a technology and IP element, while Rory Wellever and Bernadette Coppola in the Chicago office further bolster the firm’s strength in a diverse range of M&A work. The unit is additionally equipped to handle ESG and data privacy issues as well as regulatory concerns in transactions.

Practice head(s):

Seth Traxler

Testimonials

‘Kirkland’s M&A team is stellar, the best we’ve used for both quality and service.’

‘Edward Lee offers very high service, very good quality, and industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Bedford Productions LLC

Cosm

Francisco Partners

Hipgnosis

Kobalt Music Group

Metallica

Mohari Hospitality

Naver

Oaktree Capital Management

Providence Equity Partners

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Hipgnosis on a variety of music acquisition deals, including 100% of Justin Bieber’s music catalog.
  • Advised Vincent McMahon on leading WWE through a review of its strategic alternatives and on the resulting merger transaction with Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc.
  • Advising Cosm on its multi-year partnership with the NBA that will feature a new live game viewing experience.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s portfolio in the oil and gas space includes supporting clients on the regulatory aspects of M&A and financing transactions as well as advising them on enforcement issues, compliance, and the development of LNG and pipeline facilities. Further areas of strength for the team are shipper contracts and appellate litigation alongside environmental matters and bankruptcy-related work. Brooksany Barrowes and Andrew Stuyvenberg are main contacts for the practice and are both noted for their experience handling regulatory and transactional matters before FERC and the DOE.

Key clients

Archaea Energy Inc.

ONEOK, Inc.

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Global Infrastructure Partners

Energy Transfer Partners

EQT Corp.

Devon Energy Corp.

Civitas Resources

MAS Energy, LLC

Colgate Energy Partners III

Producers Midstream, LP

NexTier Oil Field Services

Ovintiv Inc.

I Squared Capital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Work highlights

  • Represented Gulfport Energy Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in regulatory and appellate litigation arising from their Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including obtaining an order from the Fifth Circuit finding in favor of Gulfport and vacating certain FERC orders instituting a paper hearing and making public interest findings.
  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on a major investment in Rio Grande LNG, an approximately $11.5bn LNG development project in Texas.
  • Advised ONEOK, Inc. on its definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding units of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $18.8bn including assumed debt, resulting in a combined company with a total enterprise value of $60bn.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s life sciences work brings together a number of the firm’s departments, together handling antitrust proceedings in the sector, while also representing pharmaceutical companies in product liability and personal injury litigation. Such disputes are the domain of Jay Lefkowitz, who also handles False Claims Act and shareholder litigation before Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Further antitrust litigation experience comes in the form of Devora Allon, who also handles a broad range of commercial litigation. Patent litigation covering pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology is handled by Jeanna Wacker, and she is also consulted on the IP aspects of corporate and asset transactions. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Testimonials

‘Overall, excellent.’

‘The breadth and depth of the healthcare litigators is breathtaking. The range of cases they work on, from Hatch-Waxman to reverse payment cases to complex commercial and IP disputes to regulatory investigations and litigation, is unparalleled. They are the go-to firm for bet-the-company litigation in the life sciences space.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie, Inc.

Allergan plc

Eli Lilly & Company

Gilead Sciences

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Impax Laboratories

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Torrent Pharmaceuticals

Upsher-Smith Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories

Advanced Bionics/Sonova Group

Alcon

Biederman Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Jonathan Berall, M.D.

Finch Therapeutics

Microspherix LLC

Moderna, Inc.

GSK

Haleon plc

Johnson & Johnson

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team is particularly active on behalf of private equity clients, and their portfolio companies, on export controls and economic sanctions matters. The wider firm’s premier transactional offering ensures that it is a first port of call for high-stakes transactional due diligence matters, and also frequently advises on export licensing, internal investigations and enforcement matters. Key contacts include New York-based litigator Zachary Brez, who specializes in complex enforcement and regulatory matters in the international risk sphere, as well as Washington DC-based international trade and national security specialists Mario Mancuso and Ivan Schlager.

Practice head(s):

Zachary Brez; Mario Mancuso; Ivan Schlager

Other key lawyers:

Nick Niles

Testimonials

‘Our requirements are usually time constrained, and the Kirkland & Ellis team is able to bring together an integrated response covering US, UK and EU sanction advice in a timely manner that is clear, concise and allows us to make an informed decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with (Zachary Brez and Nick Niles in the US) are both knowledgeable, easy to work with and understand the market we operate in, which ensures the advice is easy to understand, commercially viable and fit-for-purpose.’

Key clients

Apax Partners LLP

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 5

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

Regularly instructed by clients from across the life sciences and pharma sectors, Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly handles both contentious and transactional matters for domestic and international companies and investors. Srinivas Kaushik and Atif Khawaja co-head the team from New York, working alongside co-heads Cori Lable, in Hong Kong, and Asheesh Goel, in Chicago. Kaushik advises financial entities and private equity clients on investments and M&A, and litigator Khawaja is recommended for high-value commercial disputes, while Lable and Goel take point on corruption investigations and risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Srinivas Kaushik; Asheesh Goel; Atif Khawaja; Cori Lable

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Bain Capital Private Equity

Advent International

KKR

Sun Pharmaceuticals

Bain Capital Special Situations

Dabur International Limited and Namaste Laboratories LLC

Kirkland & Ellis is global law firm with more than 3,500 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The firm has 20 offices around the world: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Paris, Riyadh, Salt Lake City, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: Kirkland advises on all aspects of competition law, including preeminent criminal and civil antitrust litigation defense, government investigation defense, expedited transaction clearance and real-world counseling experience. The firm provides seamless representation to clients throughout the world. Kirkland successfully defends clients in their most important government-initiated and private cases involving the full spectrum of antitrust claims, from cartels to monopolization to pricing disputes. The group also has an exceptional depth of experience in US and foreign merger and acquisition clearances, from strategic counseling to efficient filing with regulatory agencies and rapid regulatory review.

Capital markets: Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate financing techniques. The firm represents issuers, sponsors and underwriters in a wide variety of international securities transactions, with a particular focus on offerings of high-yield and other complex debt securities.

Debt finance: Kirkland services both borrowers and lenders in a wide variety of financing transactions across the entire capital structure. The firm is engaged in every aspect of a financing transaction: advising borrowers and lenders on senior, subordinated, mezzanine and bridge financing transactions, as well as high-yield offerings. Kirkland has unsurpassed experience in structuring and negotiating the layers of senior and unsubordinated debt and equity financing in connection with leveraged acquisitions. The group also handles DIP financings, exit financings and debt restructurings.

Intellectual property litigation: Kirkland has one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices, with particular experience in large-scale patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation and advertising matters. The firm has an active trial practice with one of the best success rates despite handling some of the most challenging IP litigation cases in history.

International litigation and arbitration: Kirkland is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration around the world, with a proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most high-stakes cases. The firm has a deep bench of lawyers who have taken cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers. Lawyers in all of Kirkland’s offices have tried cases, successfully to verdict or to judgment, in virtually every substantive area and business segment. Kirkland is also recognised for its international arbitration and white-collar crime and government investigations work on a global basis.

International trade and national security: Kirkland’s international trade and national security practice provides strategic and legal advice to companies, investment funds and financial institutions operating or investing across international borders. We routinely work with clients across industries and geographies on corporate transactions, strategic risk advisory and management, compliance and licensing, and investigations and enforcement matters. Our practice is widely recognized as a leading international advisory practice and is distinguished by the breadth and depth of its approach.

Investment funds: Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The firm is uniquely positioned to serve its clients in connection with the formation, organization and operation of buyout, growth-equity, venture, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, mezzanine, private equity and hedge funds, as well as their respective management companies.

Private equity/mergers and acquisitions: Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions important to businesses in today’s global marketplace. Because of the firm’s consistently high volume of complex transactional engagements, it has developed a broad vision of the issues that confront business organizations. The team has extensive experience in the formulation of innovative strategies for structuring acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, negotiated as well as unsolicited acquisitions, going-private transactions, stock-for-stock acquisitions, spin-off transactions and acquisitions of minority interests.

Real estate: Kirkland pursues an interdisciplinary approach to sophisticated transactions in the commercial real estate industry. The firm regularly represents private equity fund sponsors and investors in various industries and investment strategies. Attorneys are also frequently involved in complex transactions involving publicly traded and privately owned REITs, and have broad experience in real estate secured lending, structured finance and the hospitality property area.

Restructuring and insolvency: By combining sophisticated business advisory and crisis management skills with extensive experience in multijurisdictional insolvency matters, Kirkland’s global restructuring group navigates clients through situations involving financially troubled companies. The firm has earned a distinguished reputation by achieving positive results for a wide range of clients in complex corporate restructuring, workout and bankruptcy planning, negotiation and litigation.

Tax: Kirkland has developed a strong international reputation for providing creative and sophisticated tax counseling and effectively representing clients in tax disputes worldwide. Kirkland’s tax practice can be divided broadly into two areas: tax planning in connection with mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, fund formations, restructurings, financings, executive compensation plans and other sophisticated transactions; and contested tax matters.

Technology and intellectual property transactions: Kirkland concentrates on international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in intellectual property and technology. The firm represents leading technology companies and brings its experience to all areas of IP, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, outsourcing, computer software, licensing, distribution, joint venture agreements, biotechnology, data protection and e-commerce issues, as well as competition law-related matters.

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Drue Santora photo Mr Drue Santora Drue represents top-tier private equity funds and their portfolio companies, Fortune 500…
Edward Sassower photo Mr Edward Sassower Serves on Kirkland’s Executive Committee. Represents debtors, creditors and distressed or special…
Brian Schartz photo Mr Brian Schartz Brian Schartz’s practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies),…
Jonathan Schechter photo Mr Jonathan Schechter Jonathan Schechter advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to a…
Eric Schiele photo Mr Eric Schiele Eric Schiele is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Leslie Schmidt photo Leslie Schmidt Leslie is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Her practice focuses…
Johanna Schmitt photo Ms Johanna Schmitt Johanna Schmitt is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland’s New York office.…
Nicholas Schwartz photo Mr Nicholas Schwartz Nicholas Schwartz is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Mark Schwed photo Mr Mark Schwed Mark Schwed is a tax partner in the New York office of…
John Senior photo John Senior John Senior is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group in…
David Sherman photo David Sherman David Sherman is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group in…
Matthew Shiels photo Mr Matthew Shiels Matthew T. Shiels is a partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation Group.…
Dean Shulman photo Mr Dean Shulman Dean Shulman represents clients on a wide range of domestic and international…
Joshua Simmons photo Mr Joshua Simmons Joshua Simmons focuses his practice on appellate and trial court litigation, intellectual…
Matthew Solum photo Mr Matthew Solum Matthew Solum is a senior litigation partner in the New York office…
Laura Steinke photo Laura Steinke
Kelann Stirling photo Ms Kelann Stirling Kelann Stirling focuses her practice on development and financing of energy and…
Joshua Sussberg photo Mr Joshua Sussberg Joshua Sussberg is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ restructuring group. Part…
Vin Thorn photo Vin Thorn Vin Thorn is a tax partner with the Boston office of Kirkland…
Stephen Tomlinson photo Mr Stephen Tomlinson Stephen Tomlinson’s practice focuses on business transactions in the real estate and…
Joseph Tootle photo Joseph Tootle Joseph Tootle is a tax partner in the New York office of…
Michael Urschel photo Michael Urschel Michael Urschel leads the Structured Finance & Structured Private Credit Practice Group…
Sehj Vather photo Mr Sehj Vather Sehj Vather is a partner in Kirkland’s tax group. His practice focuses…
Martin Voelker photo Mr Martin Voelker Prior to rejoining Kirkland & Ellis LLP in November 2015, Marty was…
Jeanna Wacker photo Ms Jeanna Wacker Jeanna Wacker is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
Nicole Washington photo Ms Nicole Washington Nicole Washington is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
Andrea Weintraub photo Ms Andrea Weintraub Andrea Weintraub is a debt finance partner in the New York office…
Michael Weisser photo Mr Michael Weisser Michael Weisser represents private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in connection with…
Sarah Whyte photo Ms Sarah Whyte Sara Whyte represents investment banks, finance companies, asset managers and investors in…
Dennis Williams photo Dennis Williams Dennis Williams is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Austin Witt photo Austin Witt Austin Witt is a debt finance partner in the New York office…
Daniel Wolf photo Mr Daniel Wolf Daniel focuses on mergers and acquisitions, representing public and private companies and…
Andrew Wright photo Mr Andrew Wright Andrew L. Wright, P.C. is internationally recognized as one of the world’s…
Sara Zablotney photo Ms Sara Zablotney Sara Zablotney advises clients on the U.S. and cross-border tax aspects of…
Daniel Zach photo Daniel Zach Daniel Zach is an antitrust and competition partner in the New York…
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