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

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

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a team of attorneys with deep experience in defending clients against antitrust claims asserted by a wide variety of competitors, direct purchasers and consumer classes. With offices across the country, the group handles the full range of antitrust claims relating to cartels, monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, price discrimination, intellectual property and merger-related litigation. Located in the Chicago office, James Mutchnik, Daniel Laytin and Christa Cottrell are the key names to note; the three are all active in antitrust trials and litigation across a range of sectors. Richard Cunningham in Washington DC and Sean Royall, who divides time between Dallas and Washington DC, focus on matters at the intersection of consumer protection and antitrust law.

Key clients

AbbVie

Allergan plc

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc.

AT&T

BASF

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Citadel LLC

The Clemens Food Group

Essendant, Inc.

EVA Airways Corp

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

In the words of a satisfied client, Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses ‘a great bench of lawyers’ who are ‘experts at brief writing as well as at appellate argument and everything in between’; this praise was echoed in conversations with all peers. Certainly, the team provides a full range of appellate law services, including strategic counseling and constitutional litigation, but it is particularly renowned for its work in the US Supreme Court. In this space, the ‘deep experience’ of former Solicitor General Paul Clement certainly stands out, with his track record of arguments in over 100 high-profile Supreme Court cases. Of recent note, Clement led a team including the well-known Erin Murphy on defeating the government and scoring a decisive 8-1 victory, convincing the US Supreme Court to reverse a lower federal court’s ruling and side with the petitioner in Moda Health Plan, Inc. v United States, a case raising questions regarding the interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. The department is equally efficient in the lower state and federal courts; it prides itself on having scored over 70 wins all over the country. Clients single out John O’Quinn (‘excellent at argument’) and William Burgess (‘a phenomenal brief writer’), a highly successful duo known for their IP litigation work at the Federal Circuit. George Hicks achieved a victory at the Fifth Circuit, where he argued for Westmoreland Coal Company in a case concerning healthcare obligations under the federal Coal Act. Apart from its distinguished presence in Washington DC, the firm also has notable appellate firepower in New York, where Jay Lefkowitz specializes in areas including corporate and product liability litigation.

Testimonials

‘The appellate team at K&E has a great bench of lawyers that have a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of the federal courts.  They have lawyers that are experts at brief writing as well as at appellate argument and everything in between.  They have intimate knowledge of the workings of the courts and the preferences and personalities of the judges.’

‘The Kirkland & Ellis appellate team has truly great expertise in US Supreme Court practice (such as through Paul Clement and Erin Murphy). They are incredible brief writers and bring value to the team throughout the matter, even before it is on appeal.’ 

‘In this practice, the people are the key. They are exceptionally talented. They also work collaboratively with the client.’

‘John O’Quinn and William Burgess were an excellent team. William is a phenomenal brief writer and John is excellent at argument.’

‘Paul Clement’s deep experience with the US Supreme Court (in terms of arguing more cases than others) brings a real competitive advantage.’ 

‘Erin Murphy has developed her expertise through her US Supreme Court clerkship and oral argument experience before the Court.’

‘They hire and train really excellent lawyers and I highly value their expertise.’

Key clients

DirecTV

Dominion Energy

IBM

Facebook

LS Power

Moda Health Health Plan LLC

Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball

PennEast Pipeline Co.

TransUnion

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Obtained a high-profile US Supreme Court victory for Moda Health Plan against the federal government due to the government’s refusal pay $12bn in payments promised to insurers under “risk corridor” program of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Obtained a significant US Supreme Court win for Atlantic Coast Pipeline, with the Court’s judgment ensuring that the Trail cannot serve as a barrier to transporting resources via pipeline to the populous eastern seaboard.
  • Successfully represented Lucky Brand LLC in a Lanham Act case in the US Supreme Court rejecting the novel “defense preclusion” test.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The government, regulatory and internal investigations team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted in particular for the governmental expertise of its attorneys. Indeed, many of the firm's leading names have previously worked in agencies such as the DOJ, SEC and FTC, as well as in the US Senate. Given its breadth of experience, the practice group is well placed to handle white-collar criminal defense matters and large multi-jurisdictional investigations for global Fortune 500 companies and individuals. Jointly heading the practice are Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel, both of whom work across the firm's Chicago and Washington DC offices. Filip is well versed in government investigations and litigation in a broad range of industries, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Goel focuses on securities enforcement and FCPA matters. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival several partners in Washington DC: Brian Benczkowski re-joined the firm from the DOJ in September 2020, and in December 2020, Reginald Brown, Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney joined from WilmerHale.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

Other key lawyers:

Henry DePippo; Neil Eggleston; Mark Holscher; Bob Allen; Brigham Cannon; Lisa Madigan

Key clients

Allergan

The Boeing Company

Goldman Sachs

Nikola Motors

Pacific Gas & Electric

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Representing Boeing in ongoing investigations by different US regulators, including the DOJ and SEC, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs in a DOJ investigation, as well as other federal and state investigations, in connection with allegations involving Goldman’s relationship with 1MDB, a Malaysian state investment company for which the bank underwrote $6.5bn in bond issuances.
  • Advising Nikola Motors in conducting an internal investigation, SEC and DOJ investigations and related shareholder litigation related to allegations in a damaging report issued by activist hedge fund, Hindenburg Research.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Fielding a 'creative and dedicated team with deep expertise in class actions'Kirkland & Ellis LLP's nationwide practice group is a popular choice for plaintiffs and defendants in bet-the-company disputes. In a current matter, Mark Filip (Chicago) is leading the team that is defending Allergan in its highly publicized, nationwide opioid litigation involving thousands of civil suits in addition to government investigations. A name to note for class actions is 'top notch' partner Richard Godfrey (Chicago), who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of disputes. Highly regarded trial lawyer James Hurst (Chicago) has over three decades' experience in prominent disputes, with particular strength in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Daniel Donovan (Washington DC) is a go-to partner for clients seeking corporate governance advice, though he also has experience in trials and commercial arbitration. Diana Watral (Chicago), Joshua Greenblatt (New York) and Atif Khawaja (New York) are also key members of the team.

Testimonials

‘The team is unique due to its breadth and depth.’ 

‘Rick Godfrey proactively reduces risk and effectively manages it when it cannot be avoided.’

Key clients

Allergan

Albertsons

Boeing

Chesapeake Appalachia

Frontier Communications Corporation

General Motors

GrubHub

Honeywell

JUUL Labs

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Airlines

Urban Compass

Work highlights

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories and its subsidiary St. Jude Medical in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida regarding a suit brought by Humana, Inc. seeking reimbursement for tens-of-millions of dollars in health care costs arising from St. Jude’s recall of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.
  • Acted for AbbVie, Inc. in the dismissal of a consolidated putative class action alleging violations of federal antitrust laws and state unfair-competition laws relating to Humira®, its blockbuster biologic drug, and the highest-selling drug in history.
  • Advised Safeway Inc, a subsidiary of Albertson Companies, Inc, on False Claims Act (FCA) litigation alleging that defendants’ pharmacies misrepresented their usual and customary prices.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York is firmly among the leading players in M&A litigation. Whether it is in class actions, shareholder derivative suits, appraisal or busted deal cases, or shareholder activism disputes, the firm shines in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Though it frequently acts for private equity investors, the firm also has a stellar roster of large corporate clients and their boards of directors. For example, practice co-head and 'outstanding litigator' Sandra Goldstein and up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson secured a major win at the Delaware Court of Chancery for former officers and directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, including Rupert Murdoch, and Fox Corporation, with the dismissal of a shareholder action arising out of the $73.1bn merger with The Walt Disney Company. Also among the team's experienced partners are practice co-head Matthew Solum, who is defending BC Partners in a class action concerning its proposed $2.1bn acquisition of Presidio, and veteran litigator Yosef Riemer.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Matthew Solum

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amcor Ltd.

Bemis Company

Arclight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Callon Petroleum Company

Delphi Technologies

EQT Corporation

HGGC

H.I.G. Capital Management

Honeywell

Micro Focus International

Rowan Companies

Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, James Murdoch and Fox Corporation

Sycamore Partners and Essendant, Inc.

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers

TPG Capital

U.S. Silica Company

Vista Equity Partners

The Vitamin Shoppe

WPX Energy

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been a prominent force in securities cases for many years, and in the last ten years it has significantly boosted the volume of work for high-profile corporate clients and private equity firms. In its recent work, the practice has shown its ability to handle precedent-setting matters, a recent example being a victory for Pitney Bowes which created new law governing how the application of the stay of discovery in state court; the result of that case could stem the flow of spurious filings seeking discovery. Sandra Goldstein and up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson in New York led that matter, successfully arguing the motion to stay and the motions to dismiss the securities and derivative suits. Goldstein leads the practice along with Mark Filip in Chicago, who is currently representing Wynn Resorts in state and federal derivative cases and federal securities class actions arising from allegations of sexual misconduct by the company's former CEO. Another key practitioner is Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC, who has more than 20 years' experience and is known for his prowess in the courtroom.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Mark Filip

Key clients

3G Capital, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

The Boeing Company

Exelon Corporation

Fanhua Inc.

GrubHub, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.

Hecla Mining Company

Juul Labs, Inc.

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Six Flags Entertainment

Sycamore Partners

Wynn Resorts

Xerox Corporation

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of issuer-side engagements in high-yield debt offerings. The firm's outstanding presence in private equity and restructurings, provides a tremendous platform for its work in the high-yield space. It advises a number of prominent private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with a range of corporate issuers. The firm has worked on a series of headline financial restructurings, involving the use of bank debt and multiple capital markets offerings. The core capital markets team is spread across multiple offices, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. Joshua Korff has an outstanding record in capital markets offerings, including high-yield debt. Los Angeles partners Philippa Bond and Monica Shilling are also big names, the latter for private equity clients. Sophia Hudson and Christian Nagler are also recommended, as is Matthew Pacey in the Houston office. Richard Aftanas left for Hogan Lovells US LLP. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an outstanding firm for borrower-side advice, ranking at the very top of the tables both for deal count and transaction value. The debt finance team is integrated into the private equity practice, and as such, it routinely acts for some of the most prominent private equity sponsors in the market; KKR, The Carlyle Group and Apax Partners all consult the firm for advice on their most important transactions. The group also has a strong portfolio of corporate borrower clients, as shown by David Nemecek's recent work assisting Macy's Inc. with obtaining $4bn in addition liquidity in order to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Contacts in the New York office include Jay Ptashek, Eric Wedel and Melissa Hutson, while Linda MyersMichelle Kilkenney and Maureen Dixon are names to note in Chicago. 

Key clients

Apax Partners

American Securities

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Carlyle Group

KKR & Co. Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.

Madison Dearborn Partners

Thomas H. Lee Partners

TPG Capital

Thoma Bravo

United Airlines

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Advent on the financing for the acquisition of the elevator division of thyssenkrupp AG.
  • Advised American Securities on securing $746m in financing for the acquisition of United PF Holdings.
  • Advised Bain Capital Private Equity on a $1.2bn term loan, a $300m delayed-draw term loan and a $500m ABL credit facility for the acquisition of a majority stake in US LBM.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a go-to team for all forms of complex financial and operational restructurings and insolvency proceedings. The group has a proven track record acting on behalf of domestic and multinational corporations experiencing financial difficulties; lenders or creditors in contentious restructurings; and private equity or hedge funds looking to take stakes in distressed companies. The team is able to draw upon the expertise of its lawyers in the wider securities and debt finance, tax, real estate, litigation and intellectual property groups to assist with all aspects of the most challenging restructuring matters. Edward Sassower leads the practice group from the New York office, which also includes Joshua Sussberg and Jonathan Henes. James Sprayregen, who has extensive experience advising boards of directors, splits his time between the New York and Chicago offices, as does respected practitioner Anup Sathy.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sassower

Key clients

Anna Holdings, Inc.

Arena Energy

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Denbury Resources, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc.

Forever 21

Frontier Communications Corporation

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Intelsat S.A.

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.

McDermott International, Inc.

Murray Energy Holdings Co.

Neiman Marcus

Oasis Petroleum

Ultra Petroleum

Valaris plc

Tailored Brands, Inc.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Windstream Holdings, Inc.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Led from Houston by Andrew Calder and drawing from the broader resources of market-leading M&A, bank finance, capital markets and restructuring lawyers based throughout the firm's national network of offices, the 'business-minded' team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides 'top class' advice to stakeholders across a range of conventional power transactions. Leveraging the firm's deeply entrenched relationships with many high-profile private equity (including KKR and Blackstone) and infrastructure funds, the team is regularly engaged in high-value buy and sell-side M&A work throughout the value chain, including as it relates to the power and transmission, infrastructure, and utilities sectors. Recent highlights include the representation of KKR on its $1.4bn investment, alongside Next Era Energy and NextEra Energy Partners, in portfolios of renewable energy assets located throughout the US. Rhett Van Syoc is regularly involved in high-profile corporate activity in the power sector, including joint venture structuring and private equity-led M&A. New York-based corporate partner Kristin Mendoza also regularly handles power M&A, as part of her overarching transactional energy offering; she has recently been involved in numerous high-profile conventional power disposals for funds and developers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The business-minded team provides top-class advice.’

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Blackstone Energy Partners

Bluescape Energy Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

Energy Capital Partners

GenOn Holdings

GSO Capital Partners LP

Investec

Macquarie Capital

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

KKR

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of TerraForm Power, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the special committee of the board of directors of TerraForm Power, in connection with Brookfield Renewable Partners’ offer to acquire the 38% of TerraForm Power that Brookfield did not already own.
  • Advised KKR on its definitive agreements with NextEra Energy Resources and NextEra Energy Partners to acquire a significant interest in an approximately 1,625 net MW portfolio of 12 distinct contracted utility-scale wind and solar assets in geographically diverse locations throughout the US.
  • Advised Bluescape Energy Partners, as part of a consortium of investors, in the consortium’s $1.4bn preferred and common equity investment in CenterPoint Energy Inc.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

'Extremely knowledgeable about the industry and market conditions', and also able to leverage deep institutional firm-wide ties with a raft of heavyweight private equity sponsors, including KKR and the Blackstone Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is regularly at the forefront of the most significant transactions in the market. This work spans the entire value chain and is primarily led from the firm's Houston office, which since its foundation in 2014 has successfully established itself as one of the premier oil and gas M&A outfits in the market and is lauded for its 'amazing commercial knowledge on top of legal expertise'. Over the review period, the team's workflow has benefitted from the ability to draw from the firm's wider restructuring offering, which has been increasingly active, both on the debtor side, as well as for investors seeking to realize value by acquiring assets out of bankruptcy. While private equity-related work is without doubt a core strength, the team also has broader strengths acting for private and publicly-held energy companies, which continue to generate substantial work as they seek to consolidate and to divest non-core assets. In this respect, a notable recent highlight was the firm's high-profile work for WPX Energy on its merger with Devon Energy, which has subsequently positioned the combined entity as the third largest unconventional oil producer in the US. Anthony Speier was involved in the aforementioned deal and alongside Andrew Calder co-heads the energy practice group. Other recommended practitioners include Sean Wheeler, who handles oil and gas M&A, as well as energy-related securities offerings and corporate governance work; the 'very brightDavid Castro, who 'has a great pulse on what is important and what is not when working on a transaction'; Rahul Vashi, who is 'straightforward, easy to work with and very helpful'; William Benitez, for upstream and midstream strategic and private equity-led M&A; and associate Lindsey Jaquillard, who is developing a strong reputation advising on upstream acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture work. All practitioners named are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder; Anthony Speier

Other key lawyers:

Sean Wheeler; David Castro; John Pitts; Doug Bacon; Rahul Vashi; William Benitez; Chad Smith; Christopher Heasley; Adam Larson; Thomas Laughlin; Cy Jones; Rhett Van Syoc; Lindsey Jaquillard

Testimonials

‘The firm’s energy transaction practice is top of class; they are always up to speed on the market, they take a business-minded approach and they are always available and responsive.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the industry and market conditions.’

‘The firm has amazing commercial knowledge on top of the legal expertise. It has the ability to work and perform 24/7 and provide deliverables while the rest of us sleep. Outstanding!’

‘David Castro is one of, if not the, top oil and gas practitioner in the city; he is very bright and has as great pulse on what is important and what is not when working on a transaction.’

‘Rahul Vashi is also one of our go-to lawyers; he is straight forward, easy to work with and very helpful.’

Key clients

BCE-Mach III, LLC

Brookfield Asset Management

Carnelian Energy Capital

Callon Petroleum Company

EIG Global Energy Partners

EQT Corporation

GSO Capital Partners

Indigo Natural Resources, LLC

Hilcorp Alaska

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Magnetar Capital

Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

National Fuel Gas Company

Northern Oil & Gas

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Quantum Energy Partners, LP

SemGroup Corporation

Sentinel Midstream

The Blackstone Group

Warburg Pincus LLC

WPX Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented WPX Energy in its definitive merger agreement with Devon Energy.
  • Advised Hilcorp Alaska on its $5.6bn acquisition of BP’s entire business in Alaska.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus on numerous transactions, including on behalf of its portfolio company Citizen Energy’s $1bn take-private acquisition of Roan Resources.

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a steady flow of high-value mandates, focusing on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, contamination concerns and issues pertaining to compliance with environmental regulations. Recent highlights demonstrate practitioners' capabilities in assisting with environmental compliance and liabilities issues in the context of M&A, financing deals, real estate and private equity investments. Furthermore, the team is often called upon to act as lead environmental counsel in high-profile restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Key contact Paul Tanaka splits his time between San Francisco and Houston, and is particularly proficient in transactions involving industrial, energy and infrastructure assets. Energy-related deals are a core strength for Alexandra Farmer in Washington DC, who is noted for her experience handling significant contamination issues and permitting obligations. Also recommended in DC is Jennie Morawetz, who has broad experience of environmental law, often advising on ESG policies. Jonathan Kidwell in Dallas has been crucial in the growth of the environmental practice in Texas, and is regularly retained by clients in the waste management, heavy manufacturing, and energy sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tanaka; Alexandra Farmer; Jonathan Kidwell; Jennie Morawetz; Stefanie Gitler; Toby Chun; Sara Michaelchuck Webber

Key clients

Ares Management

Blackstone Energy Partners

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure

Callon Petroleum Company

Cambrex Corporation

Chesapeake Energy

Danaher Corporation

Delphi Technologies

Fortress Investment Group

Hilcorp Alaska

Huntsman Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

McDermott International

Murray Energy

Parsley Energy

Partners Group

PES Holdings

Schlumberger Limited

WellCare Health Plans

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

With experts located in major commercial hubs throughout the US, Kirkland & Ellis LLP routinely handles high-profile copyright cases receiving major media attention, particularly for a broad range of clients in the entertainment, fashion, and financial services industries. Additionally, the firm's work has helped shape the scope of software copyright protection. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons are recognized for their record at trial and appeals, including cases before the US Supreme Court. Also recommended in New York is Claudia Ray, who focuses on IP matters for online music providers. A contact on the West Coast is Diana Torres in Los Angeles, who has represented parties in federal and state courts in a wide range of licensing and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Astronics Corp.

Epic Games, Inc.

Oracle Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP specialises in high-stakes competitor litigation and offers an outstanding track record in the full range of patent disputes, with extensive experience in the district courts, the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. The group's trial clout attracts prestigious US and international clients, especially from the pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, semiconductor and electronics sectors. In a number of disputes, the team parachuted in as a replacement at a late stage in particularly challenging proceedings, securing favourable outcomes in strategic proceedings. Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Jeanne Heffernan, Joseph Loy, Leora Ben-Ami and Todd Friedman in New York, James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, Bryan Hales and Russell Levine in Chicago,  Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and Adam Alper in San Francisco, and Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC are key contacts.

Testimonials

‘They provided my company exceptional strategic advice in a bet-the-company litigation. Then they executed the strategy with perfection.’

‘Jeanne Heffernan is extraordinary at providing strategic direction, managing client expectations, and advocating before judges.’

‘Excellent in patent litigation and strategy for all forms of IP. Able to manage very complex litigations spanning multiple jurisdictions around the world.’

‘Adam Alper is a very even-keeled, strategic general in IP litigation campaigns. Also excellent first chair counsel for very complex, high stakes IP litigation (patents, copyrights, trade secrets).’

‘Michael De Vries has an incredible breadth of knowledge in patent litigation, is able to adeptly deal with aggressive opposing counsel, and think quickly on his feet in the courtroom.’

‘Brandon Brown is a rising star in IP litigation, with a very smooth demeanor that almost understates his excellent ability to question witnesses in the courtroom.’

‘Akshay Deoras is another rising star in IP litigation, with excellent knowledge of both IP law as well as the technologies at issue in a case. No question is too small, and he’s very responsive to client requests.’

‘Smarter and more hardworking than their adversaries.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's ITC practice is an integral part of the firm's wider patent litigation service, making the group an excellent choice for clients seeking one-stop-shop representation. With the additional expertise in appeal proceedings and enforcement proceedings involving US Customs and Border Protection, the team remains one of the most attractive choices in the market. The practice also has an excellent track record of securing wins in innovative investigations. Key contacts include Gregory Arovas in New York and Gregg LoCascio and Paul Brinkman in the Washington DC office. Helena Kiepura joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in June 2021.

Testimonials

‘In my view, the team is very strong compared to any other law firm I have worked with on the patent side, and these firms have also been very good.’

‘They are very highly skilled people and have a good business evaluation.’

‘They deeply understand our technology and our firm. Provide well-argumented and practical advice and unique in terms of explaining the issues to us clients.’

‘They tend to always be ahead of the situation and have thought out and simulated all possible outcomes. Very well prepared.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented AutoStore Technology AS, AutoStore AS, and AutoStore System Inc. in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation against Ocado Group Plc and its subsidiaries, involving the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Patents Court of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice of England & Wales regarding patents that cover automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), such as the AutoStore Black Line system, used to store and retrieve goods in warehouses, as well as the robotic vehicles used in those systems to transport storage containers.
  • Represented CertainTeed Corporation in litigation brought by Kirsch Research and Development, LLC in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the ITC, alleging the infringement of two patents covering synthetic roof underlayments.
  • Represented Mohawk Industries, Inc. and its affiliates Flooring Industries Ltd. Sarl and IVC US, Inc. before the ITC in litigation against 42 defendants regarding luxury vinyl floor panels, securing the issuance of a general exclusion order preventing the importation of luxury vinyl floor panels that infringe Mohawk patents against some of the defendants, with the other defendants agreeing to favorable settlements.

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

The multidisciplinary Kirkland & Ellis LLP practice stands out for its broad coverage of trade secrets litigation. The firm has particular expertise in technology-related matters, as well as large competitor cases. The strong trial practice also has significant cross-border experience and can draw from the firm’s international presence. The deep bench of IP, trademark, tech and litigation specialists includes Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Adam Alper, who are recognised for patent and IP litigation; Dale Cendali in New York, who leads the copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group; and Gianni Cutri in Chicago, who focuses on high-tech IP and commercial litigation, as well as post-grant review proceedings, data protection issues and privacy matters. Also active in the area is New York-based Joshua Simmons.

Testimonials

‘The team are true trial lawyers and strategize with this in mind.’

‘Mike De Vries personally ensures that my questions are answered and I feel comfortable with the case strategy. He has always already considered aspects I might bring up with his team and has a logical answer ready.’

Key clients

Inventus Power

Medidata Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TriZetto

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Comet Technologies

LivePerson

Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

MGI Holding Company, L.P.

Zoox, Inc.

Dollar Shave Club

MercuryGate International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant victory for Inventus Power and its Chinese subsidiary ICC, a global leader in advanced battery systems, in a matter related to the discovery that some of its former executives and senior engineers downloaded and brought with them confidential information to its competitor AcePower in Shenzhen, China.
  • Defended Medidata Solutions in a lawsuit filed by competitor Veeva Systems, Inc. in California State Court against Medidata and several other unrelated entities, each of which previously sued Veeva for claims relating to alleged theft of trade secrets.
  • Won a $765m verdict on behalf of Motorola Solutions in a trade secret case and copyright infringement case against Chinese-based competitor, Hytera.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains one of the most prominent names in private equity fund formation, advising a stable of clients that includes some of the industry's largest players, such as Thoma Bravo, KKR, and GTCR among others. The firm is particularly notable for its large global footprint and experience in cross-border matters, a recent example of which was Erica Berthou's advice to Antin Infrastructure Partners on its fourth fund, which is a Euro fund that is looking to focus on the US market; it recently reached its €6.5bn hard cap. The practice is led by John O’Neil, who is particularly recommended for complex operational issues such as investor defaults and spin-outs, as well as high-pressure crisis situations, having been a founding member of the firm's funds crisis management group. Andrew Wright is a key figure for high-value fund formations, and Nicole Washington is also building a strong profile in this area, having recently advised KKR on the formation of its first open-end private equity vehicle. Katrina Rowe remains one to watch, handling a wide range of operational matters. Notable figures from the Chicago office include the highly-experienced Bruce Ettelson, and Katie St. Peters, who advises on fund formation as well as operational issues.

Practice head(s):

John O’Neil

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely great. Extremely proactive and responsive. Very knowledgeable. Always finds pragmatic solutions. The team always exceeds expectations.’

‘Andrew Wright is the best lawyer I ever worked with. He is extremely efficient, proactive, responsive and knowledgeable. Above all he is always in a good mood, with a nice sense of humour and very nice to work with. He heads a great team of lawyers who always delivers very good quality work and meets the deadlines.’

‘Erica Berthou is high energy, knows her stuff, reliable, good sense of judgment, pragmatic and very easy to deal with.’

‘KE has the broadest and deepest fund practice and client base of any firm in the world. They are able to provide bespoke advice and solutions grounded in an unparalleled amount of market data and experience in a very dynamic and proprietary market place. The funds group specifically works with us, and surely their other clients, across their entire business from fund formation to key transactions to internal governance to best practice investor relations to ensure our GP is seamlessly maximizing value, reputation and partner relationships.’

‘John O’Neil knows our founding team, our culture and strategic ambitions better than anyone and utilizes the full force of the KE platform to help us achieve those goals.’

‘Kelly Ryan has a breadth of experience across the entire real estate funds market place and adjacent considerations (founder considerations, strategic goals, GP governance etc. ) that cannot be compared to any other industry expert including other attorneys, bankers, placement agents or consultants. The trust his clients place in him, allow him to have the depth of knowledge and relationship that no one else has.’

‘Brett Saltzman is a tremendously innovative and creative funds attorney that can design an elegant solution to almost any LP or GP request or requirement.’

‘Peter Connelly is also tremendously innovative and creative across all aspects of fund formation and particularly GP and partnership formation.’

Key clients

Thoma Bravo LLC

KKR

Antin Infrastructure Partners

GTCR

Francisco Partners

Clearlake Capital Partners

AEA Investors

Madison Dearborn Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Energy Capital Partners

STG Partners

GI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Thoma Bravo on the formation and fundraising for three technology-focused funds totaling more than $22.8bn in capital commitments, ranking them as one of the largest tech-focused pools of capital ever collected.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has an excellent reputation for advising energy and oil and gas clients on high-profile, high-value M&A transactions. The team is also recognized for its strength in advising on headline restructuring mandates, with New York-based Scott Price and Stephen Jacobson in Houston being retained to assist with the executive compensation aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings. In Chicago, Michael Falk routinely advises on deferred compensation, incentive and equity plans, including issues under the 409A code, while Alexandra Mihalas focuses on the ERISA aspects of major transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Falk; Scott Price

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Antinossi; Stephen Jacobson

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

GrubHub

Whiting Petroleum Company

Apergy Corporation

NOVA IWSG Holdings, LLC

Linden Capital Partners

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Nexstar Media Group, Inc

SK Capital Partners

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a destination practice for high-profile M&A, advising a litany of blue-chip clients on large-scale transactions in a number of key industries. The firm has seen an uptick in tech transactions due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and notably closed the $7.3bn acquisition of Grubhub by JustEast, the first public M&A transaction since the pandemic began. Other notable transactions closed during 2020 include Bristol Myers Squibb's $90bn acquisition of Celgene, and AbbVie's $83bn purchase of Allergan. The practice fields a deep bench of market-leading names, including senior dealmaker David FoxDaniel Wolf, who led advice on the Grubhub deal; and Jonathan Davis, who maintained his profile as an up-and-coming lawyer. Eric Schiele has a strong record in public company M&A and governance work, including hostile takeover defense and work with special committees, and Sarkis Jebejian is also noted for his broad corporate practice, acting for notable clients including Lazard and Tripadvisor. In a major development, the practice was significantly strengthened by the arrivals of the widely respected Edward Lee from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & KatzIvan Schlager, who joined the Washington DC team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and most recently Rachael Coffey, who was previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Named lawyers are in New York unless stated otherwise.

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie Inc.

Danaher Corporation

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WPX Energy

Infineon Technologies AG

Grubhub

Delphi Technologies PLC

Cambrex Corporation

Huntsman Corporation

Fox Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol Myers Squibb Company on its acquisition of Celgene Corporation in a cash and stock transaction for $90bn.
  • Advised AbbVie Inc on its acquisition of Allergan in a cash and stock transaction for $83bn.
  • Advised Centerview Partners LLC and Lazard Frères & Co. as financial advisers to the Special Committee of CBS Corp’s. Board of Directors on CBS Corp.’s combination with Viacom.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains its position at the top of the private equity market, working for top buyout funds such as Bain Capital, Blackstone, and KKR, and continuing to expand its share of bulge-bracket work, both in terms of volume and industry penetration. The firm has seen an increase in work from the likes of Ares, Cerberus, and Brookfield, and handles domestic and cross-border transactions across buyouts, disposals, investments, and joint ventures, utilizing new and emerging deal structures such as SPAC arrangements and continuity buyouts between funds. The firm's global chair Jon Ballis remains an active dealmaker, regularly representing major sponsor clients such as Bain and KKR, while New York-based Eunu Chun is also a standout contributor. Also in New York, Peter Martelli is noted for his relationship with Blackstone, while Richard Campbell in Chicago is a go-to adviser for CD&R and a host of other key clients for major strategic deals. Corey Fox is an emerging talent in the market, and regularly advises Sun Capital on buyouts and strategic investments. Ted Frankel is also highlighted for his broad expertise across the PE space, running the firm's Thomas Lee Partners relationship and working on deals in the healthcare, tech, and automotive sectors, among others. Jonathan Benloulou is also recommended and divides his time between Los Angeles and Dallas. Brittany Sakowitz joined the Houston office from Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2021.

Key clients

Apax Partners

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Blackstone Group

GTCR

KKR

Sun Capital Partners

Thoma Bravo

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented American Securities in a number of transactions, including its portfolio company North American Partners in Anesthesia’s acquisition of American Anesthesiology.
  • Represented Apax Partners in a variety of transactions, including its $400m investment in Verint Systems.
  • Represented Ares Management in its sale of National Veterinary Associates to JAB.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has an unsurpassed strength in defending clients against M&A challenges and advising on takeover preparedness—areas in which it also leverages the firm’s wider full-service excellence in corporate, private equity, and finance transactions. Of recent note, the group demonstrated an excellent ability to handle urgent issues arising in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent slump in stock pricing recorded globally. Among its many Covid-related highlights, the team has been assisting multiple large companies, including Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Avis Budget Group, with the adoption of poison pills; Daniel Wolf and Sarkis Jebejian are names to note in this segment of the market. In addition, a team led by Shaun Mathew and Edward Lee is engaged by transportation company Nikola Corporation to provide a response to claims against its senior management asserted by an activist seeking short selling profit. In May 2020, Lee joined the team from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an arrival which expanded to firm’s M&A offering to private equity firms and multinational companies. Eric Schiele is also noted for his recent work on proxy fights. All named practitioners are based in New York.

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Callon Petroleum Company

Nikola Corp.

Thoma Bravo

Steiner Leisure / L Catterton

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

Taubman Centers, Inc.

Tenneco Inc.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is highly skilled in consumer class actions and Lanham Act cases, with a particular niche in handling data and privacy matters. This experience in data privacy related matters is partly owed to the specialized technical backgrounds of certain team members, such as partner and trained engineer Gregg LoCascio. Ross Weisman is also active in the tech sector, particularly in false advertising claims involving telecoms and technology companies. Another key figure in the team is false advertising and IP litigation expert Robin McCue, who has been leading on several standout matters alongside Weisman. Active both in court and before key authorities such as the NAD, the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) and the FTC, the group acts for a client base including major brand owners such as Colgate, Verizon and Dyson. It also handles pre-emptive disputes work such as various regulatory compliance and data and privacy mandates.

Key clients

GoodRx

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Dyson, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Syngenta Corporation

Verizon Communications Inc.

Charter Communications Inc.

iRobot Corporation

WeWork Companies Inc.

FGF Brands, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's IP technology and transactions lawyers form an integral part of the firm's overall corporate and transactional offering. The comprehensive practice offers strong support on all forms of technological commercialization, including outsourcing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing agreements and collaborations. The lawyers are also extremely active in finance, tax, restructuring and corporate work, and have been involved in over 1,200 M&A deals in the past five years. Key partners include IP commercialization and licensing expert Neil Hirshman and Seth Traxler, who also leads the firm's data security and privacy practice. Matthew Lovell and San Francisco-based John Lynn are also very active in this area. All partners based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Accenture

Ares

Avaya Inc.

Boeing

Charter Communications

Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

Grubhub Inc.

Madison Dearborn Partners

Motive Partners

Donuts Inc.

Silver Lake Partners

Sixth Street Partners

Genius Sports

United Airlines

Valence Media Partners

Zebra Technologies Corporation

MDSL/Sumeru

Omnitracks

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Ares Management Corp. in new debt and equity financing for online clothing rental service Rent the Runway, which closed on October 26, 2020. The company raised roughly $100m in its latest financing round.
  • Advised Avaya Holdings Corp. on its strategic partnership with RingCentral, Inc., which will introduce Avaya Cloud Office by RingCentral, a new global unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution. RingCentral is contributing $500m to its partnership with Avaya.

Real estate Tier 1

Superb in its knowledge and capabilities’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP targets high-end private equity sponsors, major pension organizations and sovereign wealth funds, among other institutional investors, supporting them on fund formation, debt restructuring, recapitalization, fundraising and structuring mandates. In New York, Jonathan Schechter is a specialist in joint venture formations, sales and dispositions, real estate-related mergers and major developments while Christopher Hartmann focuses on preferred equity investments and financing affairs. Over in Chicago, Rachel Brown is recommended for workouts, venture formation, sales and acquisition, and Robert Keane in Los Angeles is a name to note for reorganizations and equity investments. Kevin Ehrhart in Los Angeles has experience in handling capital investment towards real estate assets and operating companies. The group counts the industrial and logistics sectors among its chief areas of focus, recently acting for Oak Street Real Estate Capital on several major distribution center transactions. Additional sectors of activity include mainstream and specialized asset classes such as student housing, medical, data center, gaming, hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Schechter; Andrew Small; Rachel Brown; Kevin Ehrhart

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hartmann; Robert Keane; Daniel Perlman; Scott Berger

Testimonials

‘They have integrated themselves into our team and have been one of the leading forces behind our company’s success over the past few years.’

‘The K&E real estate practice is superb in knowledge and capabilities. We have found the K&E real estate team to be practical and efficient.’

‘K&E has been instrumental in closing numerous highly technical qualified opportunity zone transactions for our firm. These JVs inevitably involve unique circumstances related to the development project, the underlying land or our operating partner. K&E is creative and solution oriented and has succeeded in all cases to find paths to get the deal done.’

‘Robert Keane is one of the top real estate attorneys on the West Coast. The availability, practicality and responsiveness of Robert is amazing.’

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group & Starwood Property Trust

GLP Capital Partners

KKR & Co. Inc.

Blackstone Real Estate

TPG Real Estate Partners

Apollo Global Management

Core Spaces

Dune Real Estate Partners

Elad Genesis Limited Partnership

GID Investment Advisers

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Hudson Pacific Properties

Lubert-Adler Partners

Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Oak View Group

Oaktree Capital Management

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

QuadReal Property Group Limited Partnership

Stonehenge Partners

Toll Brothers

Work highlights

  • Represented Oak View Group in the formation of a joint venture with affiliates of the Islanders and Sterling Equities to develop the Belmont Park Arena which will be the new home of the NY Islanders. The anticipated development costs for the Arena are approximately $850m.
  • Represented GLP Capital Partners in every aspect of the development and expansion of its new real estate portfolio, including the acquisition, financing, development and joint venture formation for an aggregate transaction value in excess of $1.5bn.
  • Represented Blackstone and its portfolio companies in dozens of complex transactions covering numerous asset classes with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $4bn.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s international tax practice maintains a reputation as a go-to team for high-end transactions in the corporate and private equity fields. An integral part of what is a top-tier firm in the restructuring space, the team is well placed to handle the recent uptick in distressed M&A, insolvencies and workouts; in this regard, practice co-heads Todd Maynes and Dean Shulman (based in Chicago and New York, respectively) advised on a number of headline bankruptcies in the aviation, retail, travel, leisure and energy sectors. The group is also active in the burgeoning SPAC space, where Lee Morlock, Rachel Cantor and Mike Carew in Chicago, and Jared Rusman, Sara Zablotney and David Grenker in New York are names to note. New York-based Mike Beinus handles complex partnership transactions and REIT structuring. Multibillion-dollar, tax-driven investment fund formation is another strength for the team. Richard Husseini was a new arrival in the firm's Houston office at the end of August in 2021. Mark Schwed was a new arrival in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Key clients

Abbvie Inc.

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

Grubhub

Huntsman Corporation

United Airlines Holdings

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised the bidding consortium led by Advent, Cinven and the RAG-Stiftung (RAG foundation) on the tax aspects of its $18.7bn acquisition of the elevator division of Thyssenkrupp AG.
  • Advising Grubhub, a leading online and mobile food ordering and delivery marketplace, on the tax aspects of its agreement to be acquired by Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. in an all-stock deal for a total equity consideration of $7.3bn.
  • Advised Neiman Marcus Group and 23 of its affiliates on the tax aspects of its Chapter 11 filing.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is rated for its deep bench and strong international reputation, working on many of the most high-profile transactions and restructurings taking place in the market. Jointly led by New York-based Dean Shulman and Todd Maynes in Chicago, the tax department has handled the majority of the largest corporate bankruptcies in the past year, acting for a variety of high-profile retailers, telecoms providers and airline operators, among other clients. In addition, the team is regularly involved in major acquisitions, debt financings and fund formation matters, working closely with the firm’s corporate and finance departments. In the New York office, Sara Zablotney is recommended for her broad experience in corporate transactions, securities deals, and bankruptcies. Also based in New York, Mike Beinus maintains a varied investor client base, including REITs, private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds. Looking to the Midwest, Mike Carew and Gregory Gallagher in Chicago are noted for their broad transactional experience. Mark Schwed joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Michael Masri from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Houston-based Richard Husseini was a new arrival in August 2021 from Baker Botts L.L.P..

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Key clients

Abbvie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV)

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

Frontier Communications

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB)

Macy’s, Inc.

United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAL)

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising United Airlines on the tax aspects of its $6.8bn financing comprising $3.8bn of bonds and $3bn of term loans secured by the airline’s loyalty program, MileagePlus.
  • Representing J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and 17 of its affiliates on the tax aspects of its pre-arranged Chapter 11 cases.
  • Advising Bristol-Myers Squibb on the tax aspects of its $90bn acquisition of Celgene and the $13.4bn sale of the rights to Celgene’s OTEZLA® (apremilast) to Amgen.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields expertise in government investigations defense across a wide range of industries, including air cargo, pharmaceutical, auto parts, and agriculture. The group combines FTC and DOJ know-how with a longstanding track record in navigating international investigations; its specialists in this space are located in offices across the country. Stationed in the firm’s Chicago hub, home to the firm’s key cartel-savvy attorneys, James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin complement their personal litigation practices with investigation mandates. Mutchnik especially excels at guiding clients through domestic and international cartel investigations, particularly allegations of price-fixing, monopolization and price discrimination. Other names to note are Chicago-based Christa Cottrell and Washington DC-based Andrea Murino, the latter of whom joined in January 2021 from Goodwin. Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

BASF

The Clemens Food Group

Delphi Technologies PLC

Essendant, Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

Jeld-Wen

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains an active merger control practice which stands out in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, as well as large-scale merger defense before the DOJ, FTC, and state attorneys general. The team is also accomplished in handling related litigation and regulatory investigations. The firm's private equity clients are a regular source of merger control work, with the team routinely advising the likes of Ares and Bain Capital, and their portfolio companies on merger issues. Additionally, the team is entrusted with business-critical transactions, with standouts in 2020 including two major deals in the pharma sector: AbbVie's $63bn acquisition of Allergan, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's $90bn purchase of Celgene. Matthew Reilly is a key name in the merger control practice, and led advice on the AbbVie and Bristol-Myers Squibb representations. New York-based Ian John heads up the firm's transactional antitrust practice and has experience appearing before the regulatory agencies. Marin Boney specializes in merger review and investigation proceedings before the FTC and DOJ, and New York's Katherine Rocco is noted for her capabilities in managing large-scale domestic and cross-border investigations, as well as representing clients in complex merger litigation. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie, Inc.

Ares

Bain Capital

Huntsman Corporation

Fortive Corporation

Olympus Partners/Liqui-Box Corporation

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Bristow Group

The Blackstone Group

Work highlights

  • Represented AbbVie in its $63bn acquisition of Allergan.
  • Represented Ares Capital and National Veterinary Associates in its multibillion-dollar strategic sale to JAB and Compassion First.
  • Advised Bain Capital portfolio company Vertafore on its sale to Roper Technologies for $5.35bn.

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

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience in class actions, multidistrict litigations, defect and recall investigations and appeals as well as environmental issues. Washington DC-based Mike Brock is a key figure in the team, who represents clients from the life sciences, automotive and energy sectors, while senior litigator Renee Smith in Chicago acts for steel manufacturers and tobacco clients, among others. Andrew McGaan in Chicago continues to be an eminent lawyer in this space.

Key clients

JUUL Labs

Kobe Steel, Ltd.

Omega Flex

Wayfair LLC

Woodstream Corporation

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Allergan

Work highlights

  • Representing Juul Labs, Inc. in federal multidistrict litigation and related antitrust, securities, shareholder and derivative lawsuits pending in federal court, as well as a variety of state court actions (including over a dozen Attorney General lawsuits). The lawsuits involve alleged fraudulent marketing and products liability claims related to JUUL products, which are Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (“ENDS”) . Plaintiffs’ allegations include youth marketing, misrepresentations or omissions regarding the amount or potency of nicotine in JUUL products, and/or that JUUL products are defective or unreasonably dangerous because they are addictive and/or cause or contribute to adverse mental and physical health effects, and seek recovery under multiple theories.
  • Acts as national counsel for Allergan in connection with thousands of civil suits as well as government investigations related to its sale and marketing of opioid medications. This litigation has been described in the press as the largest mass tort litigation in American history. In 2017, the federal cases were consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The firm is also lead counsel in the MDL.
  • Represented Kobe and its U.S. affiliates in a putative consumer class action arising from the scandal in which Kobe admitted to falsifying certain specification test results for metals supplied to customers, including automobile manufacturers. The plaintiffs, owners of certain Toyota vehicles, alleged that the vehicles contain ‘substandard’ steel, aluminum and copper affected by the data falsification, and made claims including breach of warranty and consumer fraud.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP takes on a leading role in a wide array of product liability and mass tort matters, for example serving as national counsel and lead trial counsel on behalf of BASF Catalysts LLC in a series of asbestos-related product liability cases. The team is experienced in mass tort matters, including multidistrict litigations, class actions and defect or recall investigations. Richard Godfrey, who has four decades of experience, and nationally recognized trial attorney Andrew McGaan are key lawyers in the Chicago office, while Mike Brock in Washington has served as trial counsel for a variety of industry leading clients.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Godfrey; Andrew McGann; Mike Brock

Key clients

Alere Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

BASF Catalysts

City of Chicago

JUUL Labs

Huntsman International LLC

Syngenta Corporation

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a sizeable debt offering practice, in large part driven by corporate and private equity transactions, and a significant market share of refinancings, restructurings and distressed deals; M&A, private equity and restructurings are, of course, areas of strength for the firm, globally. The firm is better recognized for its corporate issuer and private equity issuer relationships. Sophia Hudson has made a significant impression in investment grade and convertible debt offerings, while Joshua Korff continues to stand out in frequent issuer-side engagements from corporates and private equity houses. Richard Aftanas joined Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Sophia Hudson; Joshua Korff; Christian Nagler; Robert Hayward

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's capital markets group works hand-in-hand with the firm's market-leading private equity and restructuring teams; indeed, much of the work in this space is driven by private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with businesses in financial distress. While the firm is better known for debt offerings, especially high-yield debt for issuers, it does also maintain a steady pipeline of equity deals. The firm is also noted for equity offerings by SPACs, a recent example of which was its advice to Equity Distribution Acquisition Corp on its IPO in 2020. New York partner Joshua Korff is active in equity and debt offerings, including hybrid products; he led the team that advised PetSmart on a rare mandatory exchangeable trust, involving a series of liability management transactions and an IPO of Chewy, its previously wholly-owned subsidiary. Sophia Hudson is an emerging talent with a solid record in bulge-bracket offerings. Richard Aftanas left for Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Christian Nagler; Sophia Hudson; Robert Hayward

Finance > Project finance

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has developed significantly in recent years; from having no project finance lawyers in 2017, the firm now has an expansive department capable of advising infrastructure funds, private equity investors, commercial banks and project sponsors on the financing of complex projects in the renewable energy, LNG and conventional power sectors. Rohit Chaudhry leads the team from the Washington DC office, which also includes Roald Nashi, who handles bank and bond financings, leveraged leases and tax structured financings. In New York, Kelann Brook Stirling handles energy-related M&A and tax equity investments. In addition to advising on US-based projects, the group, and Brian Greene in particular, assists with developments in Latin America and have recently advised on the development of an LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

BCE-Mach

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Cypress Creek

EIG Global Energy Partners

Energy Capital Partners

EQT

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

ING Capital

Investec

KKR

Longview Power

Macquarie Capital

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

Oaktree Capital Management

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

True Green Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR on its definitive agreements with NextEra Energy Resources  and NextEra Energy Partners, LP (to acquire a significant interest in an approximately 1,625 net megawatt portfolio of 12  wind and solar assets.
  • Advised lenders on an approximately $3.4bn refinancing for Train 3 of the Freeport LNG facility.
  • Represented GSO Capital Partners and Blackstone Insurance Solutions, both affiliates of The Blackstone Group Inc., in a recapitalization to Altus Power America.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP stands out for its asset finance and securitization expertise, with a particularly active practice centering on public and rule 144A offerings. Lawyers advise on a wide variety of asset classes, including vehicle loans, leases and floorplan assets, trade receivables, commercial loans, healthcare and credit card receivables, for a predominantly issuer-side client-base. Jointly leading the team from Chicago are asset securitization experts Jeffrey O’Connor and of counsel Kenneth Morrison; while Janette McMahan co-leads in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey O’Connor; Janette McMahan; Kenneth Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Joel Weinberger; Rudgee Charles

Key clients

Carvana, LLC

United Airlines Holdings, Inc.

Barclays Capital

Deere & Company/John Deere Capital Corporation

Hyundai Capital America

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Navistar Financial Corporation

NextGear Capital, Inc

World Omni Financial Corp.

Wyndham Destinations

Work highlights

  • Advised Carvana, LLC, a subsidiary of Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA), a leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, on three offerings of asset- backed notes backed by auto loan receivables.
  • Advised United Airlines Holdings on a $6.8bn financing secured by the client’s loyalty program.
  • Advised Barclays Capital and Bank of America Securities on offerings of term securities backed by dealer floorplan receivables originated by Ford Motor Credit Company.

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a long history of advising clients in the energy industry and has represented large US energy companies before all major federal and state agencies including the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Securities & Exchange Commission. In addition to agency proceedings, the litigation team has in-depth experience representing clients before state and federal courts, appeals courts, international courts, and arbitration panels. Houston-based Anna Rotman heads up the practice and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations. Daniel Donovan in Washington DC and Richard Godfrey in Chicago are also recommended in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Anna Rotman

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Regan; Ragan Naresh; Andrew Langan; Daniel Donovan; Richard Godfrey; Paul Clement

Key clients

American Jereh

Bayou City Energy

BP plc and affiliates (e.g. BP America, Inc.)

Cheniere Energy

Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C.

Chesapeake Exploration

Energy Capital Partners

Energy Transfer Partners

EXCO Resources, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas

Harvest Oil & Gas Corp. (f/k/a EV Energy Partners, L.P.)

Legacy Reserves LP

MEG Energy Corp.

Parker Drilling Company

Primexx Energy Partners Ltd.

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

Total E&P USA, Inc.; Rio Tinto; Total Specialties USA, Inc.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Extraction Oil & Gas in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in rejecting under the Bankruptcy Code six midstream contracts valued at over $1bn that contained covenants that run with the land.
  • Represent BP in remaining personal injury claims in multi-district litigation arising out of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Successfully represented Chesapeake Exploration in the US District Court of the Northern District of Ohio in a multimillion-dollar dispute with landowners over the company’s practice of deducting post-production costs from their royalty payments, known as the netback method.

Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents clients across the entire spectrum of environmental disputes. The team is adept at handling multi-party trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country, including in the Supreme Court. Receiving robust support from the firm's litigation-focused practice, the environmental team is sought out for assistance with cases involving contaminated property, indemnity issues, Superfund regulations and mass torts. Chicago-based Andrew Langan and Kevin Van Wart are skilled at handling class action lawsuits involving mass tort. Andrew Running, who also sits in the Chicago office, is a contact for claims involving the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Key clients

BP America Inc.

City of Chicago

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Gavin Power LLC

General Motors Co.

Hilco Redevelopment LLC

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Murray Energy Corp.

PennEast Pipeline Co.

PES Holdings LLC

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers longstanding experience in advising licensors and licensees on high-stakes licensing agreements. Often involved in patent matters that form a part of wider contracts, such as joint development agreements, supply agreements, or service and technical assistance agreements, the group brings a business-focused approach to its licensing practice. Its additional expertise in patent portfolio management and monetization, for example through the set-up of licensing programmes, joint ventures, divestitures or buy-outs, is a further asset. The pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and software sectors provide particularly busy streams of work. Key contacts include David MacDonald in New York and Chicago’s Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman, Russell Levine and Adam Petravicius, and John Lynn in San Francisco.

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

Danaher Corporation

McDermott International

Open Invention Network

Work highlights

  • Represented Danaher in acquiring the Biopharma business of GE Life Sciences for a cash purchase price of approximately $21.4bn in a complicated carve-out transaction with thousands of patent assets transferred or subject to various cross-licenses between the GE entities and the Danaher entities.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is widely known for representing marquee clients in strategic disputes and high-stakes litigation involving complex trademark and fair use cases, as well as related matters concerning trade secrets and unfair competition. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali frequently represents clients in sectors such as fashion and clothing, major media and entertainment corporations, and the tech industry. Specifically, Cendali is highly regarded for her work for clients in the Hollywood market. The team based in Los Angeles is headed by Claudia Ray and Diana Torres, who are both highly experienced representing clients in arbitration; however, both have a track record arguing cases for major media and publishing companies in appellate and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a strong outsourcing team with experience of negotiating transactions in several key industry sectors, including media and professional services, though the team has been most active in the healthcare sector. Contacts in the team include Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer, who have extensive expertise in tech transactions and commercial deals. Also recommended are recently promoted partner Todd Herst, Shellie Freedman in the New York office, and Aaron Lorber, all of whom have been active in negotiating outsourcing arrangements, joint ventures, and IP licensing deals. Named lawyers are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Key clients

Accenture

Continental Casualty Company

Equinox Media

Health Care Service Corporation

Huron Consulting

R1 RCM

Work highlights

  • Advised Continental Casualty Company on negotiating  outsourcing agreements concerning the provision of managed services regarding IT risk management and cybersecurity.
  • Advising Equinox Media on its outsourcing, manufacturing, purchase, software and payment processing agreements with multiple vendors in connection with the design, manufacturing and supply of a new in-home bike and on-demand fitness app.
  • Represented R1 RCM in negotiating multiple service agreements and revenue cycle management service agreements with several healthcare providers.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a full range of corporate and transactional matters for REITs, including M&A, tax and capital markets deals. Among its recent highlights, the team advised Taubman Centers on its merger agreement with Simon Properties and renegotiated that merger's terms following pandemic-related grievances. The team has particular experience in corporate governance matters, regularly advising on shareholder activism, takeover readiness, fiduciary duties and disclosure issues. Key contacts in the team include New York-based Michael Brueck and Sarkis Jebejian, both of whom work across M&A, investment strategy and corporate governance. A contact in the Chicago office is Bruce Gelman, who has significant experience structuring funds and representing offshore investors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brueck; Sarkis Jebejian

Other key lawyers:

David Perechocky; Bruce Gelman

Testimonials

‘The Kirkland team provides everything I would expect from not just legal counsel but a true advisor – thoughtful, unbiased, well-reasoned advice, ‘always available’ service at all levels and truly top-quality team members who are great to work and spend time with.’

‘I would repeat the qualities I describe above while drawing particular attention to Michael Brueck and David Perechocky.’

‘Bruce Gelman is the strength, he is very responsive, has answers immediately instead of requiring lots of research time and layers of review, and business-friendly. He comes up with solutions, not just a ‘No, you can’t do that.’

‘Kirkland’s REIT practice is superb; the vast M&A experience in the firm really benefits the REIT practice. They have been in the middle of all of the big, complicated deals. They understand how to adapt the traditional corporate framework of public companies to the practical world of real estate companies.’

‘Michael Brueck is one of the most talented attorneys I have worked with; his ability to quickly synthesize information and to react/respond with a fulsome analysis is a great strength.’

Key clients

Ventas

Taubman Centers

GLP Pte. Ltd.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.

Gramercy Property Trust

Starwood Capital Group

Ladder Capital

Equity Lifestyle Properties

CareTrust REIT

Hudson Pacific Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised the special committee of the board of directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. on its amended and restated $8bn merger agreement with Simon Property Group, Inc.
  • Represented TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in its agreement with an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group for up to $325m in new capital.
  • Represented StorageMart Properties in a recapitalization of the business into a privately held UPREIT structure which values values StorageMart at an enterprise value of approximately $2.7bn.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

As a leading firm in the restructuring space globally, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s tax controversy team is exceptionally strong in handling contentious insolvency mandates, including recent FICA tax refunds, property tax disputes, and IRS disputes concerning NOL offsets. Co-head Todd Maynes is the key practitioner here, whereas co-head Natalie Keller leads on state- and federal-level audits, subsequent US tax court appeals, and transfer pricing disputes, largely for automotive, technology, healthcare and life sciences companies. JoAnne Nagjee focuses on SALT controversies, from audits to administrative appeals. Premier US airlines are regularly represented in disputes concerning the tax treatment of services. Houston-based Richard Husseini was a new arrival in August 2021. Unless stated otherwise, named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Natalie Keller

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Horsehead Corporation

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Horsehead Corporation (now known as American Zinc Recycling Corp) in litigation before the Illinois Supreme Court involving a decision from the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal that metallurgical coke does not qualify for the chemical exemption to the use tax.
  • Represented Kinder Morgan in a novel tax refund suit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas; the company sought a multimillion-dollar tax refund attributable to refundable alternative minimum tax credits sequestered under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s ‘highly sophisticated team of e-discovery specialists is adept at dealing with emerging technologies many firms have not even encountered’. Bringing together expertise across its strong global office network, the firm is especially well placed to handle resource-heavy cross-border matters for international clients. Areas of strength include litigation, data-retention policies and data management, privacy and e-discovery strategies. The team is headed by James Mutchnik and Mark Premo-Hopkins in Chicago and Michelle Six in New York, the last of whom has been recommended by clients and peers for commercial litigation, product liability cases, antitrust matters and internal and government investigations.

Practice head(s):

James Mutchnik; Mark Premo-Hopkins; Michelle Six

Testimonials

‘If Kirkland is involved, it goes without saying that the clients are sophisticated and the stakes high’.

‘The differentiation Kirkland has employed at every level is unique and highly benefits the client’. 

‘While the e-discovery team is very integrated into the case teams, they have a separate set of expertise and spend their time focused on data issues’.

‘Michelle Six is a top-notch expert with a gentle approach, who can coax the most reluctant executive into feeling comfortable doing what the court requires’.

‘Kirkland respects the expertise of internal and external e-discovery experts and understands that e-discovery strategy is a critical component of litigation strategy’. 

‘Michelle Six provides a balanced, practical approach to e-discovery’.

‘Michelle Six understands client needs and does a good job of providing advice without placing too great of a burden on the in-house team’.

‘Michelle Six understands the complexities of e-discovery and is very competent’.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well regarded for handling financial services litigation and investigations and enforcement proceedings by the FTC, DOJ, SEC and CFTC, as well as other regulators. The practice is frequently involved in shareholder class actions related to M&A transactions, representing clients at both the state and federal level; it is particularly active in the Delaware courts. Sandra Goldstein leads on many of the team's shareholder disputes, and Mark Filip recommended for enforcement work. Among its highlights, the team advised Goldman Sachs on a DOJ investigation related to the 1MDB scandal, and also represented JP Morgan in investigations into alleged manipulation of the precious metals and treasuries markets. Zachary Brez, a former SEC attorney, advises clients on anti-money laundering risk issues.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

3G Capital

Arclight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Complete Merchant Solutions, LLC

H.I.G. Capital Management, Inc.

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Ovation Partners, LP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sun Capital Partners Litigation

UBS Securities; UBS AG, London Branch

Vista Equity Partners

Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Cantigny Foundation

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Representing private equity firm 3G Capital, Inc., one of Kraft Heinz’s largest shareholders, in putative securities class actions and related shareholder derivative actions pending in federal court in Illinois and the Delaware Court of Chancery alleging violations of federal securities laws and breach of fiduciary duty related to the $15.4bn write-down of Kraft Heinz’s assets and the disclosure of an SEC investigation into Kraft Heinz’s accounting policies, procedures and controls.
  • Defending ArcLight Capital Partners, one of its portfolio companies, and certain of the portfolio company’s officers and directors in two putative class actions relating to ArcLight’s take-private acquisition of that portfolio company in 2019.
  • Defending BC Partners in a putative shareholder class action arising out of its proposed $2.1bn acquisition of Presidio, a provider of digital infrastructure, cloud and security solutions for commercial and public sector customers.

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Sandra Goldstein - Kirkland & Ellis LLP Based in New York, Sandra Goldstein is well known across the US for securities and M&A litigation. Recently, she represented the special committee of the board of directors of Taubman Centers in litigation arising from the termination of Simon Property Group's $9.8bn merger and joint venture with the client. In the securities space, Goldstein is handling numerous high value disputes for clients including Honeywell and 3G Capital.

James Hurst - Kirkland & Ellis LLP Chicago-based partner James Hurst has over three decades' experience in patent, product liability, antitrust and trade secrets litigation. Recently, he successfully defended Albertson Companies against FCA claims, managing to convince the court to accept a summary judgment motion ahead of the trial, which was subsequently applied to another similar case involving Albertson Companies.

Aaron Marks - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Gregory Arovas - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

William Pratt - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP defends vehicle, automobile, parts and component manufacturers in a wide variety of putative class actions, as well as in multidistrict litigation. The team is also involved in high-profile environmental issues, representing General Motors LLC in a dispute surrounding allegations of the use of Volkswagen-type ‘defeat device’ software. Mike Brock in Washington D.C. who has tried product liability cases for automobile manufacturers as well as pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, is a key figure in the team. Chicago-based Leslie Smith focuses on the areas of pharmaceutical, class action and consumer fraud litigation and is also a name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Smith; Mike Brock; Michael Williams; Andrew McGaan

Key clients

General Motors

Polaris Industries

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts as national or regional counsel in cases involving serious personal injuries and product-threatening claims, including high-profile class actions and MDLs. The firm is also active in disputes related to recalls and the alleged misrepresentations of risk for third party payers. The team includes New York-based Jay Lefkowitz, who is known as a go-to trial and appellate lawyer in the life sciences industry, and renowned lawyer Mike Brock.

Other key lawyers:

Industry focus > Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Acting for private investors and financiers, power generators, industry groups and utilities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is very experienced in handling regulatory permitting and compliance matters relating to debt and equity financing, M&A and bankruptcy matters. In this regard, the team is often acting in conjunction with colleagues in other of the firm's market-leading practice groups. In addition to transactional work, the group is also involved in FERC enforcement matters. Contacts in Washington DC include Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who has been singled out by clients as an 'intellectual and legal powerhouse'.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Testimonials

‘Our company and I had the most positive experience working with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Robert Fleishman, our lead attorney at the firm on the energy regulatory and compliance matters. Robert is an example of what a really good attorney should be. He is always responsive and on top of issues, tasks, and timeline. Robert is not only able to understand and then explain in a clear and precise language complex technical concepts we deal with in our engagement, but he is also able to shed a new light on the technical and procedural matters we have at hand. Robert has consistently demonstrated very high ethical standards in his interaction with us and he puts interests of a client above his own.’

Key clients

Apple Energy

KKR

GSO Capital Partners LP

Vistra Energy Corporation

Calpine Corporation

ETRACOM

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Terra Form Power, Inc.

Kindle Energy LLC

Longview Power LLC

TRC Companies, Inc.

Cypress Creek Renewables

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT)

Talen Energy

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation

Advancing Contracting in Energy Storage (ACES) Working Group

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Praised for its 'first-hand knowledge of market trends' and 'first-rate technical skills', Kirkland & Ellis LLP is able to 'secure favorable transactional terms' for its private equity-focused client base on their investments in the renewable/alternative energy sector. Indeed, the firm has been the welcome beneficiary of the increased appetite, driven in part by ESG considerations, of core institutional fund clients, including KKR and Blackstone, to deploy capital in renewable projects. In addition to advising sponsors on acquisitions and divestitures in the sector, including on many large utility-scale wind and solar projects, the firm is also increasingly active for the credit arms of private equity firms, including GSO Capital Partners, as alternative lenders in the space. Washington DC-based team head Rohit Chaudhry excels at structuring complex single-asset and portfolio debt financing arrangements on both the debtor and creditor side, including work for a number of non-bank lenders.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Other key lawyers:

Roald Nashi; Brian Greene; Kelann Stirling; Scott Cockerham; Olivia George; Osaro Aifuwa

Testimonials

‘The firm is a market leader, with first-hand knowledge of market trends and practice, together with first-rate technical legal skills, to advocate for clients and secure favorable transaction terms.’

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Cypress Creek Renewables

EIG

Energy Capital Partners

EQT

Fidelis Infrastructure

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

ING Capital

Investec

KKR

Macquarie

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

True Green Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

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

Led by seasoned litigator Dale Cendali, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a leading force in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, particularly in the video game industry. The team advises major video game publishers such as Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive Software on a full range of disputes, including on niche allegations of infringement such as the dance steps used in a game and tattoos featured on certain characters in video games. Also recommended in the team are New York-based Claudia Ray, who has assisted Cendali on several disputes, and Diana Torres in Los Angeles, another key contact for IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games, Inc.

Fox News Network LLC

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Advised a number of publishers in a copyright litigation case against Audible which used unauthorised use of books through its Audible Captions mobile feature.
  • Advised Epic Games in a case against saxophone player Leo Pellegrino, who alleged that a signature performance move of his was infringed in the video game Fortnite.
  • Advised Take Two Interactive Software in an infringement case brought by a tattoo artist whose work on famous NBA players appeared in the client’s basketball game.

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 4

In the words of a client, Kirkland & Ellis LLP stands out for its ‘very solid grasp of the US and European legal framework relating to international sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption’. Indeed, the practice is a top choice for all aspects of sanctions compliance and export control. In addition, it also focuses on assisting clients with obtaining CFIUS approval for their investments in the technology, defense, and hospitality and travel sectors, among others; Ivan Schlager (Washington DC) is a key practitioner in this space, having joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June 2020. Zachary Brez (New York) is adept at advising on the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mario Mancuso splits time between Washington DC and New York, and draws on his wealth of experience gained in the course of serving on the US President’s national security team. Clients also recommend Nick Niles in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Brez; Mario Mancuso; Ivan Schlager; Nick Niles; Sanjay Mullick; Luci Hague

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely capable from a technical standpoint. They have a very solid grasp of the US and European legal framework relating to international sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption. Also, the team are extremely knowledgeable in guiding the client through complex analysis in terms of the broader implications of a particular transaction, including from a reputation perspective. The team also have a very clear understanding of standards and expectations from global institutional investors and private equity firms and experience spanning the US, Europe and Asia. The mix of capabilities beyond really set them apart from peers.’

‘Nick Niles is an extremely capable lawyer, but also a trusted advisor, who is able to understanding quickly extremely complex financial structures and niche industries. Nick is very practical and, in addition to simply spotting a problem, he is capable to identifying a course of action and does not shy away from taking a position. This is a very powerful skill set and we certainly value very much his advice.’

Key clients

Apax Partners LLP

Dassault Systèmes

GrubHub Inc.

Hitachi Ltd.

TripAdvisor Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Apax Partners LLP on its investment, as part of a four-member consortium, in British satellite company Inmarsat plc.
  • Advised TripAdvisor on CFIUS matters relating to its investment from China-based Trip.com.
  • Secured CFIUS clearance for the $7.3bn acquisition of GrubHub by JustEatTakeaway.

Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is best known in this space for handling the regulatory aspects of corporate energy transactions and bankruptcy-related matters. Names to note in Washington DC include Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who have played key roles in Chapter 11 cases on behalf of clients including Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Ultra Petroleum Corp, and Gulfport Energy Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Key clients

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Hilcorp Alaska

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners

CNX Resources Corp.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Whiting Petroleum Corp.

LyondellBasell

Freeport LNG

Oasis Petroleum Corp.

TPG Capital

Philadelphia Energy Solutions and PES Energy

Extraction Oil & Gas

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents market-leading pharmaceutical companies,  biotechnology companies and start-ups, as well as private equity and venture capital investors in all core segments of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Jointly led by James Hurst in Chicago and New York-based trial and appellate lawyer Jay Lefkowitz, the litigation group works in tandem with IP litigators Patricia Carson and Leora Ben-Ami to handle patent infringement matters, antitrust actions brought by both government and private plaintiffs and large-scale product liability cases and class actions. The practice group also has experience advising on joint ventures and equity investments, development agreements, and university and government license arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Jay Lefkowitz; James Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Abbvie Inc.

Allergan plc

Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. II

Association for Accessible Medicines

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended AbbVie in an unprecedented, antitrust case regarding AbbVie’s Humira; plaintiffs had sued AbbVie under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, alleging that AbbVie created an illegal monopoly for Humira by erecting a patent thicket of more than 100 patents to block biosimilars.
  • Acting for Allergan in various state and federal governmental investigations, congressional inquiries, and civil suits in multiple courts related to its sale and marketing of opioid pain killers (In re Opioid Painkiller Litigation).
  • Advised Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by Perceptive Advisors, on its business combination with Cerevel Therapeutics, Inc.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a reputation for handling litigation and ADR in relation to large-scale construction projects. In addition to representing construction and engineering companies in contentious matters, including defective engineering, building collapse and project delays, the team also advises on contract negotiation and drafting. Contacts in the team include Jeffrey Willian, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, and Hariklia Karis, an experienced litigator in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers a significant range of India-related expertise on cross-border acquisitions, off-shore financing, international risk/regulatory compliance and tax. It has a strong client roster of private equity firms in addition to international corporates investing in India. Based in New York, Srinivas Kaushik acts for such clients on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and strategic investments. Also in New York, Atif Khawaja‘s work is focused on disputes including IP litigation. Asheesh Goel in Chicago and Cori Lable in Hong Kong co-lead the international risk practice, advising international investors and companies on areas including securities enforcement, government investigations and enforcement actions. Goel also advises on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In Hong Kong, Manas Chandrashekar advises sponsors/borrowers and lenders on a range of financings and investments.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP

L Catterton

Funds advised by Apax Partners

Ares Management Corporation

Silversmith Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

Advent International

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd.

An ad hoc committee of holders of approximately $546.9 million of step up convertible bonds due 2019 issued by Suzlon Energy Ltd.

Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.

Ad hoc Committee of lenders of Jindal Steel & Power (Australia) Limited

Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals and Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Sun Pharmaceuticals

TriZetto

Welspun Group

Work highlights

  • Represented affiliates of CarVal Investors, LP as the lead investor in a consortium comprised of CarVal and Nithia Capital in the acquisition of Uttam Value Steel Limited and Uttam Galva Metallics Limited, one of India’s largest manufacturers of steel products.
  • Advised leading consumer-focused private equity firm L Catterton in its US$250 million investment in Jio Platforms, a next-generation Indian technology company and subsidiary of Reliance Industries.
  • Acted for funds advised by Apax Partners on their acquisition of the software products business of 3i Infotech Limited (NSE: 3IINFOTECH), an Indian IT solutions company listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited.

Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm with more than 3,000 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 18 offices around the world: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, 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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Shanti Sadtler Conway  photo Shanti Sadtler Conway Shanti Sadtler Conway is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Shanti…
Philip Cooke  photo Philip Cooke Philip Cooke is a tax partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
David Curtiss  photo David Curtiss David Curtiss is a corporate partner in the New York office. His…
Jonathan Davis  photo Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis’s practice primarily focuses on public and private company merger and…
Henry DePippo  photo Henry DePippo Kirkland partner Henry DePippo spent six years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office…
Justin Elliott  photo Justin Elliott Justin Elliott is a partner in the Real Estate Group of Kirkland…
David Feirstein  photo David Feirstein David Feirstein’s practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law…
Thomas Fleming  photo Thomas Fleming Thomas Fleming is an intellectual property partner in the New York office…
David Fox  photo David Fox David Fox was a member of Kirkland’s Global Executive Management Committee until…
Shellie Freedman  photo Shellie Freedman Shellie Freedman is a partner in Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions practice.…
Todd Friedman  photo Todd Friedman Todd Friedman is an intellectual property litigator and partner in Kirkland’s New…
Patrick Gallagher  photo Patrick Gallagher Patrick Gallagher advises on tax and structuring aspects of complex domestic and…
Sandra Goldstein  photo Sandra Goldstein Sandra has a broad practice, with a particular focus on securities, M&A…
Scott Gordon  photo Scott Gordon Scott is the leader of Kirkland’s Derivatives Practice and a senior member…
Christopher Greco  photo Christopher Greco Chris Greco represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, sponsors, boards of directors and…
Leo Greenberg  photo Leo Greenberg Leo Greenberg represents large and middle market buyout funds and their portfolio…
Nicole Greenblatt  photo Nicole Greenblatt Nicole represents debtors, creditors, equity holders and investors in all aspects of…
Joshua Greenblatt  photo Joshua Greenblatt Joshua Greenblatt is a litigation partner in the New York office of…
Ashley Gregory  photo Ashley Gregory Ashley is a partner in Kirkland’s corporate department and focuses her practice…
David Grenker photo David GrenkerAs a tax partner in the New York office, David Grenker works…
Christopher Hartmann  photo Christopher Hartmann Chris Hartmann is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in…
Jeannie Heffernan  photo Jeannie Heffernan Jeannie Heffernan is an experienced trial lawyer focusing on patent and trademark…
Jonathan Henes  photo Jonathan Henes Jonathan Henes has led some of the most complex restructurings in the…
Stephen Hessler  photo Stephen Hessler Steve Hessler represents debtors, creditors and investors in large and complex Chapter…
Sophia Hudson  photo Sophia Hudson Sophia Hudson is a capital markets partner in the New York office…
Melissa Hutson  photo Melissa Hutson Melissa is a finance partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a…
Christopher Jagoe  photo Christopher Jagoe Christopher Jagoe focuses his practice on patent litigation related to chemical, pharmaceutical…
Sarkis Jebejian  photo Sarkis Jebejian Sarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions,…
Ian John  photo Ian John Ian advises clients and represents them before the antitrust enforcement authorities on…
Jason Kanner  photo Jason Kanner Jason represents top-tier private equity funds and corporate borrowers in connection with…
Atif Khawaja  photo Atif Khawaja Atif Khawaja litigates bet-the-company commercial disputes. He has successfully represented clients in…
Michael Kim  photo Michael Kim Michael Kim has a broad transactional practice, including capital markets transactions, mergers…
Joshua Kogan  photo Joshua Kogan Joshua Kogan is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Adam Kool  photo Adam Kool Adam Kool is a tax partner in the New York office of…
Joshua Korff  photo Joshua Korff Josh Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies in connection with…
Michael Krasnovsky  photo Michael Krasnovsky Mike Krasnovsky is a partner in the Firm’s tax department and a…
Daniel Lavon-Krein  photo Daniel Lavon-Krein Daniel Lavon-Krein, a senior partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, has championed…
Edward Lee photo Edward LeeEdward J. Lee is a corporate partner in the New York office…
Ross Leff  photo Ross Leff Ross Leff is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Ross…
Jay Lefkowitz  photo Jay Lefkowitz Jay Lefkowitz is a litigation partner at Kirkland and serves as lead…
David Lenzi  photo David Lenzi Mr. Lenzi is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office, specializing…
Joseph Loy  photo Joseph Loy Joseph Loy is an intellectual property litigation partner whose practice includes patent,…
David MacDonald  photo David MacDonald David MacDonald focuses on intellectual property, pharmaceutical and technology transactions, including joint…
Aaron Marks  photo Aaron Marks Aaron Marks has a broad commercial litigation practice, which focuses on contractual…
Peter Martelli  photo Peter Martelli Peter is one of the leading members of Kirkland’s corporate practice and…
Michael Masri photo Michael MasriMichael Masri is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
Shaun Mathew  photo Shaun Mathew Shaun is a corporate partner and a leader of Kirkland’s Shareholder Activism…
Mary Mazzello  photo Mary Mazzello Mary Mazzello is an intellectual property litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York…
James McConnell  photo James McConnell James McConnell is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland’s New York office.…
Peter McCormack  photo Peter McCormack Peter McCormack is an Antitrust & Competition partner in Kirkland’s New York…
Janette McMahan  photo Janette McMahan Janette McMahan leads the asset finance and securitization group in Kirkland’s New…
Kristin Mendoza  photo Kristin Mendoza Kristin L. Mendoza is a corporate partner in the New York office…
Jordan Murray  photo Jordan Murray Jordan Murray, a partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, is widely recognized…
Christian Nagler  photo Christian Nagler Christian Nagler represents issuers, private equity sponsors, and underwriters in a broad…
John O'Neil photo John O'NeilJohn is a globally recognized leader in the private equity field. He…
David Perechocky  photo David Perechocky David Perechocky is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Jennifer Perkins  photo Jennifer Perkins Jennifer Perkins is a private equity partner in the New York office…
Alexander Pilmer  photo Alexander Pilmer During his more than 25 years of practice, Alex Pilmer has litigated…
William Pratt photo William PrattWilliam Pratt is the senior litigation partner in the New York office…
Scott Price  photo Scott Price Scott Price is a partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation Practice Group. Scott has…
Jay Ptashek  photo Jay Ptashek Jay focuses on syndicated and direct lender senior secured and bridge loan…
Claudia Ray  photo Claudia Ray Claudia Ray represents clients across a broad range of industries, including technology,…
Yosef Riemer photo Yosef RiemerYosef Riemer is a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which…
Katherine Rocco  photo Katherine Rocco Katherine Rocco is an antitrust and competition partner in Kirkland’s New York…
Sean Rodgers  photo Sean Rodgers Sean is a partner in the Firm’s corporate group, where he focuses…
Katrina Rowe  photo Katrina Rowe Katrina S. Rowe is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at…
Jared Rusman  photo Jared Rusman Jared Rusman’s practice spans all aspects of corporate and partnership tax matters,…
Douglas Ryder  photo Douglas Ryder Douglas Ryder is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office. His…
Lisa Samenfeld  photo Lisa Samenfeld Lisa is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Group…
Nathan Santamaria  photo Nathan Santamaria Nathan Santamaria is an energy and infrastructure partner in the New York…
Drue Santora  photo Drue Santora Drue represents top-tier private equity funds and their portfolio companies, Fortune 500…
Edward Sassower  photo Edward Sassower Serves on Kirkland’s Executive Committee. Represents debtors, creditors and distressed or special…
Brian Schartz  photo Brian Schartz Brian Schartz’s practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies),…
Jonathan Schechter  photo Jonathan Schechter Jonathan Schechter advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to a…
Eric Schiele  photo Eric Schiele Eric Schiele is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Johanna Schmitt  photo Johanna Schmitt Johanna Schmitt is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland’s New York office.…
Nicholas Schwartz  photo Nicholas Schwartz Nicholas Schwartz is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
Mark Schwed  photo Mark Schwed Mark Schwed is a tax partner in the New York office of…
Matthew Shiels  photo Matthew Shiels Matthew T. Shiels is a partner in the Firm’s Executive Compensation Group.…
Dean Shulman  photo Dean Shulman Dean Shulman represents clients on a wide range of domestic and international…
Joshua Simmons  photo Joshua Simmons Joshua Simmons focuses his practice on appellate and trial court litigation, intellectual…
Michelle Six  photo Michelle Six Michelle Six is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office, where she…
Matthew Solum  photo Matthew Solum Matthew Solum is a senior litigation partner in the New York office…
Kelann Stirling  photo Kelann Stirling Kelann Stirling focuses her practice on development and financing of energy and…
Joshua Sussberg  photo Joshua Sussberg Joshua Sussberg is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ restructuring group. Part…
Stephen Tomlinson  photo Stephen Tomlinson Stephen Tomlinson’s practice focuses on business transactions in the real estate and…
Sehj Vather  photo Sehj Vather Sehj Vather is a partner in Kirkland’s tax group. His practice focuses…
Martin Voelker  photo Martin Voelker Prior to rejoining Kirkland & Ellis LLP in November 2015, Marty was…
Jeanna Wacker  photo Jeanna Wacker Jeanna Wacker is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
Nicole Washington photo Nicole WashingtonNicole Washington is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
Eric Wedel  photo Eric Wedel Eric Wedel is a nationally recognized partner in Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice…
Andrea Weintraub  photo Andrea Weintraub Andrea Weintraub is a debt finance partner in the New York office…
Michael Weisser  photo Michael Weisser Michael Weisser represents private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in connection with…
Sarah Whyte  photo Sarah Whyte Sara Whyte represents investment banks, finance companies, asset managers and investors in…
Daniel Wolf  photo Daniel Wolf Daniel focuses on mergers and acquisitions, representing public and private companies and…
Andrew Wright  photo Andrew Wright Andrew L. Wright, P.C. is internationally recognized as one of the world’s…
Sara Zablotney photo Sara ZablotneySara Zablotney advises clients on the U.S. and cross-border tax aspects of…
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