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

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

A client describes Kirkland & Ellis LLP as the ‘best in business’ in the class action antitrust space, praising the firm for its ‘thoughtful, pragmatic, and effective’ approach. Monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, intellectual property, and price discrimination are among the issues covered by the team and are also Chicago-based James Mutchnik‘s areas of focus. Daniel Laytin, also located in Chicago, represents defendants in high-stakes class action and civil litigation matters across the US. The firm has recently expanded its team with the arrivals of antitrust and competition attorney Andrea Agathoklis Murino and litigation specialist Matthew Wheatley, who both joined the Washington DC office in early 2021 from GoodwinChrista Cottrell, who also forms part of the firm’s Chicago bench, has litigated complex class actions for clients such as General Motors and Sanderson Farms, among others.

Testimonials

‘Kirkland delivers quality class action defense – thoughtful, pragmatic, and effective. Best in the business.’

Key clients

AbbVie, and separately, AbbVie’s affiliate Forest Laboratories

Allergan

Ares Management Corporation

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association

Hitachi, Ltd.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

LendingClub

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Tenet Healthcare

The Clemens Family Corp.

Thomson Reuters Corp.

UnitedHealthcare

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

AbbVie, and separately, AbbVie’s affiliate Forest Laboratories

Allergan

Ares Management Corporation

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the country’s most admired appellate law practices, which is frequently involved in high-stakes cases before all Circuits. On the US Supreme Court front, the firm continues to secure a dominant volume of precedent-setting matters, notably arguing five cases during the 2020 term, which represented 10% of all cases heard that year. The firm also earns plaudits for its impressive success rate, which saw it win all five of its merits cases over the past year. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement stands out as one of the most seasoned litigators in the market and has argued over 100 cases before the US Supreme Court. Erin Murphy is also a sought-after appellate expert, with an impressive record in constitutional, statutory and administrative law cases. Clement and Murphy recently paired up to successfully represent the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association before SCOTUS in a dispute over whether Alaska Native Corporations are ‘Indian tribes’ under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and thus eligible for funding available to Tribal governments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. George Hicks is also a high-profile appellate litigator and acted alongside Clement to obtain a victory for Snyder’s-Lance in the Fourth Circuit in a long-running trademark dispute with Frito-Lay. The practice also benefits from the senior experience of John O’Quinn and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz. Among the premier group’s up-and-coming names, William Burgess stand out for his IP expertise, while Harker Rhodes recently represented Windstream Holdings in two appeals arising out of its bankruptcy proceedings, winning both appeals. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Testimonials

‘The Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Kirkland is exceptional. Their breadth of experience and ability to persuasively shape the key issues in a case are first rate.’

‘Paul Clement and Erin Murphy are truly outstanding. Their preparation and advocacy, both orally and in writing, is inspiring.’

‘K&E advocacy at the appellate level is outstanding, whether it is state courts, federal court or the highest court in the land.’

‘Paul Clement, Erin Murphy and Richard Godfrey are excellent advocates, both in writing and at oral argument. It has been a pleasure to be represented by them.’

Key clients

Allergan

Alaska Native Village Corporation Association

BP

Facebook

Fox Corporation

General Motors

McCormick Foundation

Motorola Solutions

PennEast Pipeline Company

PULSE Network

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

TransUnion

Work highlights

  • Obtained a Supreme Court victory for PennEast Pipeline Company in a case discussing the interplay between the federal government’s delegation of its eminent domain power in the Natural Gas Act and state sovereign immunity.
  • Secured a victory for William North, and three other former executives of Wilmington Trust Corporation, when the Third Circuit reversed and vacated convictions in a high-profile criminal prosecution arising out of the Great Recession.
  • Won three Federal Circuit cases on behalf of Motorola in $544m patent infringement litigation.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The ‘diverse and very intelligent and experienced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile investigations by enforcement authorities for both individuals and corporate clients. On the individual’s side, the firm has considerable experience in representing senior executives in House and Senate inquiries. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel work across the Washington DC and Chicago offices, and oversee a team which includes former DOJ, SEC and FTC attorneys. Filip is recommend for enforcement defense and internal investigations, while Goel is recommended for securities enforcement, FCPA matters, economic sanctions and money laundering matters. Brigham Cannon handles white-collar and regulatory defense, and also compliance matters. In September 2021, the team was strengthened with the arrival of Nader Salehi from Sidley Austin LLP and Kyle DeYoung from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and in Dallas with the joining of Erin Nealy Cox. Erica Williams left for an in-house role at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in early 2022. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

‘The team has tremendous experience in this area.’

‘The team is diverse and very intelligent and experienced.’

‘Asheesh Goel is a stand out partner; his experience and calm demeanour makes him the perfect person to handle regulatory matters.’

Key clients

Allergan

The Boeing Company

Credit Suisse Group AG

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Live Nation

Nikola Motors

Pacific Gas & Electric

Citigroup, Inc. CEO

Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO

Eric Pulier

Meta Platforms, Inc. (f/k/a Facebook, Inc.) CEO

Purdue Pharma L.P. CEO

RER Solutions CEO

Robinhood Markets, Inc. CEO

TransUnion LLC President for Consumer Interactive

Wells Fargo & Co. CEO

Work highlights

  • Representing Boeing in investigations by different US regulators, including the DOJ, in connection with questions concerning the design and testing of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.
  • Representing Nikola Motors in response to a damaging report issued by activist hedge fund, Hindenburg Research.
  • Advised Meta Platforms CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in connection with multiple House and Senate inquiries across a variety of issues from content moderation and cryptocurrency to internet regulation and antitrust.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.’ The practice is noted for its breadth, with expertise in civil trials, congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims and government investigations, among others. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach the group for legal support in crises. The New York-based Sandra Goldstein is noted for her expertise in fraud class actions, securities and commercial disputes. Mark Filip, who divides his time between Chicago and Washington DC, has a strong track record for civil cases: he is for instance acting for Allergan in the Opioids litigation. James Hurst's broad practice spans patent, products liability, trade secret, criminal, antitrust, and contract matters, and Andrew Kassof has know-how in trying cases; both are based in Chicago. New York’s Aaron Marks is well versed in acting for financial institutions. Other prominent practitioners are Richard Godfrey and Diana Watral in Chicago, as well as Craig Primis in Washington DC.

Testimonials

‘K&E brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation. The combination of their historical roots in litigation with their market-leading practice in complex business restructuring together with their capital markets group enables them to bring in experts quickly as part of their team approach.’

‘Aaron Marks has first-class associates that digest and research complex issues across multiple jurisdictions quickly and accurately. Aaron’s ability to translate complexities and advise plainly is refreshing. He navigates each stage of the matter successfully, partnering on solutions and desired outcomes throughout.’

‘Mark Holscher is the best litigator I have ever worked with. Mark is a very quick study, developing a keen understanding of the critical issues which will determine the outcome of the litigation. He is clear-eyed about the weaknesses of his client’s case, but has great instincts about the vulnerabilities in his opponent’s case, and how best to exploit such weaknesses during the litigation. He does not overplay his hand and presents reasonable arguments on which a judge can base his rulings. Mark was particularly insightful in helping us understand the mindset and objectives of the decision-makers on the other side of the dispute.’

Key clients

3M

Abbott/AbbVie

Allergan

Albertsons

Boeing

The Blackstone Group

Chesapeake Appalachia

General Motors

GrubHub

Honeywell

JUUL Labs

Meta Platforms, Inc. (f/k/a Facebook, Inc.)

Sanderson Farms

State of Georgia

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Airlines

Urban Compass

Vista Private Equity

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains at the forefront of corporate governance and M&A litigation, as well as advising on pre-litigation issues in deal structures and strategies, as well as taking matters all the way to trial. Its work spans cases arising from large M&A, shareholder activism, proxy contests, tender offers, as well as leveraged buyout and special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions. The firm has a stellar track record in high-profile matters in the Delaware Court of Chancery, the state and federal courts in New York, and other state and federal courts across the country, and it continues to be involved in market-leading matters. Key partner Sandra Goldstein won a complete dismissal for Amcor in a post-closing class action arising from the company’s $6.8bn acquisition of Bemis Company. Matthew Solum, who is handling a shareholder class action for BC Partners, and Yosef Riemer, are among the other key attorneys. Up-and-coming partners Stefan Atkinson and Washington DC-based Joshua Rabinovitz also play key roles in the practice. Lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Key clients

AbbVie

Amcor Ltd.

Arclight Capital Partners

Bayou City Energy

BC Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

EQT Corporation

Hecla Mining

H.I.G. Capital Management

Micro Focus International

Grubhub

Thoma Bravo

TC Pipelines

TPG Capital

Vine Energy

Vista Equity Partners

WPX Energy

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP consolidated its status as a leading securities litigation firm in 2021, with a string of victories and a strong pipeline of new mandates across the full spectrum of 10(b) stock drop and IPO-related class actions, M&A and proxy-related disputes, shareholder derivative suits, structured finance litigation, books and records demands, and litigation demands on boards. Sandra Goldstein in New York and Mark Filip in Chicago are among the firm’s standout practitioners. Acknowledged securities litigation expert Goldstein acted for 3G Capital, a major shareholder in Kraft Heinz, in class actions and derivative cases concerning a $15.4bn write-down of Kraft Heinz’s assets and the disclosure of an SEC investigation into the company’s accounting policies, procedures and controls. Stefan Atkinson in New York is heavily involved in cases involving special purpose acquisition companies. Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC ‘told us exactly what to expect from the representation, and what to expect as the case proceeded, including all the various permutations it might take, so we were always prepared’, remarks one client.

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Testimonials

‘Every single thing Josh Rabinovitz told us when we interviewed Kirkland for this representation has proved true. He told us exactly what to expect from the representation, and what to expect as the case proceeded, including all the various permutations it might take, so we were always prepared. He gave us an estimate for fees and came in below the estimate. He was always available, and always unflappable.’

Key clients

3G Capital

AbbVie

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

GrubHub, Inc.

Honeywell International

Six Flags Entertainment

Vista Equity Partners

Wynn Resorts

The Boeing Company

Hecla Mining Company

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a clear market leader in high-yield debt for issuers. The firm routinely advises private equity and corporate clients on high-yield debt offerings used to finance M&A and buyouts. It advises a range of issuer clients including Ares Capital, The Boeing Capital, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Starwood Capital. The firm is also known for its work in the refinancing and restructuring field, and recently represented Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a series of headline capital markets offerings, including its $575m offering of 5.875% senior notes due 2026 and $525m offering of 6.125% senior notes due 2028. New York’s Sophia Hudson and Joshua Korff, and Los Angeles partners Philippa Bond and Monica Shilling are major players in the market; Shilling’s major client is Ares Capital. Houston partner Matthew Pacey is another key name.

Key clients

Agiliti, Inc.

Ares Capital Corporation

Array Technologies, Inc.

Blue Owl Capital, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Carvana Co.

Datto Holding Corp.

Integral Ad Science

Jamf Holding Corp.

KORE Wireless Group, Inc.

loanDepot, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Option Care Health

Rocket Software Inc.

Shoals Technologies Group, Inc.

Starwood Capital Group

TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs & Co.

Vine Energy Inc.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains a considerable market share of the borrower-side debt finance market, and hits strong numbers with regards to both deal count and total deal value. Private equity work is the real specialty of the group, which works with market-leading companies such as Blackstone Inc., Carlyle, Warburg Pincus and KKR on leveraged buyouts across a number of industries, though the firm is also capable in restructuring matters. The department’s central hub is in New York, home to Melissa Hutson and Jay Ptashek, though the firm’s market position is thanks in part to its national coverage; Michelle Kilkenney and Maureen Dixon are based in Chicago, while David Nemecek and Eric Wedel spend much of their time in Los Angeles. The firm added to an already deep bench with the arrival of the ‘practical, responsive, knowledgeable’ Rachael Lichman from Baker Botts L.L.P. in March 2021. Linda Myers retired in February 2022.

Testimonials

‘We have been working with the Kirkland team with respect to our credit facilities for more than a decade. They always do a great job and we rely on them for their expertise. They always go above and beyond to help us achieve our desired results. Can’t say enough good things about this team.’

Rachael Lichman is outstanding. Practical, responsive, knowledgeable. She “owns” the results and can navigate expertly through complex situations.’

‘My debt financing team at Kirkland & Ellis, led by Sonali Jindal (Partner), is such a joy to work with. Sonali and her primary team, specifically Austin Glassman and Aditi Iyer, have a much more positive, proactive and collaborative attitude than any other counsel teams that I’ve worked for. They also have fantastic diversity with 2 of 3 being females and minorities.’

‘We followed our debt team here from another firm. They know our business and our lenders and are a great partner for us to help think strategically about our financing needs and covenant flexibility we need to run our business.’

‘My review is for Rachael Lichman and her team who are excellent. I can’t speak for other areas of the firm.’

‘K&E is not only a thought leader in the financing space but also a market maker. Eric Wedel and his team provide consistently differentiated advice and insight on a wide range of matters, spanning across traditional LBO financings to de novo structures for complicated transactions. Many of Kirkland’s peer firms provide excellent client service but no one is as embedded with our team or portfolio company as K&E.’

‘We work with Eric Wedel and his team on our financing transactions. Eric approaches each matter with the same high level of engagement, thoughtfulness, and focus on delivering best in class execution. We are constantly impressed with how extensive his knowledge is on all the latest market innovations (as well as his ability to innovate on any given transaction), the accuracy of his guidance on how to navigate thorny situations, and the way he can convert the breadth of his relationships across the street into truly seamless processes. Incorporating him into our deals as an extension of our team is invaluable.’

Huge comprehensive breadth of expertise. Fast moving and practical.’

Key clients

Advent International

Apax Partners

Bain Capital Private Equity

Blackstone Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners

Clearlake Capital Group

Francisco Partners

Gryphon Investors

GTCR

The Jordan Company

KKR

L Catterton

Nordic Capital

RBC Barings

Stone Point Capital

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Ares Capital Management

Atlantic Park

Bain Capital Credit

The Carlyle Group

Fortress Credit Corporation

Investec

Oaktree Capital Management

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a global practice with offices extending across the US, the UK, Europe, and Asia. Its sizeable team has strong expertise in complex domestic and cross-border restructurings, where it utilizes its cross-practice abilities to advise an array of clients. Notable work highlights includes its representation of Intelsat S.A., the largest satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure body on the globe, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pertaining to $14.7bn of funded debt. Anup Sathy, based in Chicago, is noted for his representation of companies, buyers, investors and lenders. The practice is led by Edward Sassower; he has long-standing experience representing debtors, creditors and distressed investors within both bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. He operates from the New York office. Splitting his time between both New York and Chicago, James Sprayregen is noted for his expertise in workouts, restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The practice also welcomed the arrival of Christine Okike from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in April 2021 to the New York office. She assisted the representation of Katerra Inc., alongside New York’s Joshua Sussberg, in its Chapter 11 cases before the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas pertaining to $1bn of debt. Jonathan Henes left the firm in July 2021. Both Marc Kieselstein and James Stempel have retired.

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Other key lawyers:

James Sprayregen; Joshua Sussberg; Alex Schwarzman; Dave Nemecek; Shawn Bagdasarian; Christine Bae; Joshua Greenblatt; Nadia Karkar; Sophia Hudson; Christine Okike; Emily Geier; Chad Husnick; Katie Jakola; Anup Sathy

Testimonials

‘The team has the deepest, smartest bench in the industry. Edward Sassower is an active leader monitoring all engagements and making sure clients needs are met. He’s not afraid to bring in different talent to supplement teams mid engagement. KE collaborates better than any other firm particularly across litigation and tax practices which are typically critical to engagement performance. They are seamless in their execution.’

‘Sassower- leader, visionary, creative, responsive and driven to be the best. Generational talent.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis is the undisputed leader in the debtor side restructuring practice. The expertise of their lawyers, especially at the partner level, is consistently high allowing them to identify and implement creative solutions that deliver positive outcomes for their clients and other stakeholders in the restructuring process.’

‘Extraordinary dedication to the client’s goals coupled with knowledge and experience that sets them apart from the competition. Key lawyers on the restructuring team who consistently deliver results include Josh Sussberg, Steven Serajeddini, Chad Husnick and Emily Geier.’

‘Kirkland is the market leader for representing distressed companies and their boards. I saw firsthand how the Kirkland restructuring team leverages its vast experience to structure, negotiate, and implement a comprehensive restructuring transaction. Kirkland is simply by far the best at anticipating the direction of a deal and helping the company and its board navigate financial uncertainty.’

‘Chad Husnick and Josh Sussberg guided the company and the board throughout the entire restructuring process. Chad is a smart, innovative, and practical strategist and advisor. He couples his near-encyclopedic knowledge of bankruptcy law with an uncanny ability to always be two steps ahead of his adversary to provide clear, concise direction to the board.’

‘Josh Sussberg is a tenacious dealmaker and gifted courtroom advocate. You want Josh on your side of the negotiating table when faced with the thorniest restructuring issues. Josh has exceptional judgement and maintains a unique ability to work together with opposing parties to form consensus and resolve matters.’

‘Katie Jakola was beyond amazing in the litigation area. Her experience in preparing me and the other potential witnesses was exceptional. Her many years of experience and expertise was obvious to all of us. She also worked tirelessly on our behalf.’

Key clients

Seadrill Partners

Intelsat S.A.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Alex & Ani

Frontera Holdings

Le Tote

Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 1

The oil and gas litigation team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong reputation in the energy sector, with extensive experience representing clients before major state and federal courts and agencies, including the Department of Energy and FERC. The practice group also advises in administrative and regulatory proceedings before the European Union and other international governing bodies. Based in Houston, Anna Rotman leads the group and has significant trial experience in business disputes and restructurings, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Kenneth Young and associate Dustin Womack focus primarily on complex commercial litigation, with the former handling issues related to climate change – the pair provide strong support in Houston. In Chicago, Richard Godfrey is also recommended and forms part of the wider litigation group.

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Other key lawyers:

Ragan Naresh; Daniel Donovan; Richard Godfrey; Kenneth Young; Dustin Womack; Jeremy Fielding

Key clients

American Jereh

Amplify Energy

Air Products and Chemicals

Bayou City Energy

BP plc and affiliates

BHE Renewables

Chesapeake Appalachia

Chesapeake Exploration

Energy Capital Partners

EXCO Resources

Extraction Oil & Gas

Fleur de Lis Energy

Harvest Oil & Gas (formerly: EV Energy Partners)

Howard Energy Partners

Legacy Reserves

MEG Energy

Parker Drilling Company

Primexx Energy Partners

Total E&P USA, Total Specialties USA and Rio Tinto

Ultra Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Represented Extraction Oil & Gas in the District of Delaware’s bankruptcy court, successfully obtaining the exclusion of six mid-stream transportation agreements (valued at over $1bn), as executory contracts in its pending Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Representing BP in multi-district litigation concerning outstanding personal injury claims arising out of the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 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 its royalty payments (known as the netback method).

Industry focus > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's multidisciplinary practice covers the full array of conventional power matters, notably the acquisition and sale of energy and infrastructure assets and the financing of private and public companies, as well as acquisitions, going-private transactions, spin-off transactions and the acquisition of minority interests. Andrew Calder leads the team from Houston and focuses on M&A, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance with a particular orientation towards the energy sector. Additional key names in the practice include Kristin Mendoza, in New York, who advises public and private companies (including private equity firms and strategic investors) on conventional power issues; and Rohit Chaudhry, in Washington DC, who focuses on energy and project-finance transactions, sales and acquisitions, and project restructurings across the energy spectrum.

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Key clients

Apollo Global Management

ArcLight Clean Transition

Bluescape Energy Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

CleanCapital

Cypress Creek Renewables

EQT Infrastructure

GenOn

Macquarie Capital

JDH Capital

KKR

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

The Blackstone Group

Trilantic Capital Partners

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised KKR in connection with the signing of definitive documentation to acquire the Thermal business of Clearway Energy, for a total consideration of $1.9bn, subject to customary closing adjustments.
  • Advised Blackstone Energy Partners on its sale of GridLiance to NextEra Energy Transmission Investments.
  • Advised Macquarie Asset Management and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board on the signing of an agreement to jointly acquire a 31.6 per cent stake in Puget Holdings from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

The Kirkland & Ellis LLP energy transactions team is ‘one of, if not the, best in the industry. They are exceptional practitioners, business oriented and completely understand the ins-and-outs of the key legal points’. The practice specializes in large acquisitions and the multidisciplinary team covers the spectrum of oil and gas matters, not least asset-backed securities and transactions involving assets located in all of the significant domestic shale and conventional plays, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Andrew Calder focuses on complex M&A, corporate and securities law, and corporate governance. He co-leads the practice with Anthony Speier, who handles acquisitions, divestitures and the formation of joint ventures involving assets across the energy value-chain. Their Houston-based team includes ‘top energy transactional attorneyDavid Castro, as well as experienced practitioners Sean Wheeler, Kyle Watson, Chris Heasley, Lindsey Jaquillard, William Benitez and Rahul Vashi.

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Testimonials

‘The K&E O&G team is top notch in all aspects.’

‘David Castro, Kyle Watson, Chris Heasley, Lindsey Jaquillard, and Will Eiland are all stellar in every regard. They are always super thoughtful in their approach to any problems I throw at them, which is especially important in situations where we need to monitor our legal bill burn rate so that we don’t waste time and rack up large bills.’

‘The Kirkland energy transactions team is one of, if not the, best in the industry. They are exceptional practitioners, business oriented and completely understand the ins and outs of the key legal points.’

‘David Castro — top energy transactional attorney in the industry, so good.’

‘Rahul Vashi is excellent.’

‘Industry knowledge and vast experience. Appear to be active on the cutting edge transactions.’

Key clients

BCE-Mach III, LLC

Carnelian Energy Capital

Callon Petroleum Company

Devon Energy

EnerVest

EQT Corporation

Extraction Oil & Gas

GSO Capital Partners

HG Energy

Hilcorp Alaska

Indigo Natural Resources, LLC

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Mesa Minerals

NGP Energy Capital Management

National Fuel Gas Company

Northern Oil and Gas

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Quantum Energy Partners, LP

SemGroup Corporation

Sentinel Midstream

Sixth Street Partners

SLANT Energy

The Blackstone Group

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 1

Offering coast-to-coast coverage, Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the biggest environmental transactional practice groups, which handles the environmental aspects of hundreds of successful business transactions year on year. The team is often called upon to provide pre-deal counselling, and assists clients with the allocation and mitigation of environmental risks, indemnity and regulatory issues, crisis management, and environmental disclosures in the context of securities filings. It stands out for its strong track record in high-value and high-profile transactions taking place in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, and is a popular destination for private equity sponsors. Its recent workload includes multi-billion dollar M&A, SPAC and financing deals in an array of environmentally sensitive industries. Based between San Francisco and Houston, Paul Tanaka is the main point of contact in the practice and counsel of choice for several private equity firms and public companies engaged in deals in the renewable energy, oil and gas and infrastructure space. Alexandra Farmer in Washington DC heads up the ESG and impact department, focusing on sustainability and climate- related regulatory requirements. Also in DC, Sara Michaelchuck Webber is noted for M&A and real estate investments, while Stefanie Gitler, who splits her time between DC and Houston, plays a key role in the handling of environmental liabilities in bankruptcy matters. In the Dallas office, Jonathan Kidwell specialises in commercial transactions and bankruptcy matters pertaining to the energy, infrastructure, chemical and mining sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tanaka; Alexandra Farmer; Jonathan Kidwell; Stefanie Gitler; Sara Michaelchuck Webber; Carleigh Rodriguez; Michael Saretsky; James Dolphin; Ty’Meka Reeves-Sobers

Testimonials

‘Kirkland consistently proves itself to be the pre-eminent law firm for transactional due diligence, based on its technical abilities, breadth and depth of knowledge, client focus, responsiveness, preparation/level of effort, successful outcomes, and leadership in managing transactions. I know that a Kirkland project will be well managed and thought through, and Kirkland treats its consulting partners with respect and a reasonableness often lacking in other clients.’

‘I’ve worked closely with nearly all of the main environmental transactional attorneys at Kirkland, and across the board they are excellent. The leader of the group (Paul Tanaka) particularly impresses me with his commercial and reasonable approach to getting deals done. I also work closely with partners Stefanie Gitler and Michael Saretsky, both of whom are great to work with for me as a consultant (and seem excellent with the clients as well). This is a group of professionals that does work at the highest quality.’

Key clients

Alta Resources Development

Blackstone Inc.

Butterfly Equity

Celanese Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Danaher Corporation

Energy Capital Partners

EQT Infrastructure

Extraction Oil & Gas

ICP Group

KKR

Prince International Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation

Sycamore Partners

Vector Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

With integrated expertise across the US, Europe and Asia, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a leader in the copyright space, representing major multinationals such as Epic Games, Oracle, and Take-Two Interactive in high-profile litigations spanning the entertainment, fashion, video games, software and tech sectors. In New York, respected IP authority Dale Cendali, who represented Oracle in the Supreme Court and throughout the long-running Google v Oracle case, heads the practice, bringing deep experience to disputes involving motion picture studios and major celebrities. Claudia Ray handles copyright rate-setting litigation on behalf of clients in music and publishing in New York, while Joshua Simmons provides key support to Cendali on tech and software matters.

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Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Astronics Corp.

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games, Inc.

Oracle Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

Alcon Vision

LivePerson

Motorola Solutions

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a stellar bench of experienced trial lawyers, including the New York-based Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Joseph Loy, and Todd Friedman; James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, and Bryan Hales in Chicago; Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner in Los Angeles; Adam Alper in San Francisco; Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC; and Jeannie Heffernan in Austin. Operating across the country, the practice is a preferred choice for major industry clients for a wide gamut of patent disputes, litigating cases before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court. The group has particular expertise in the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

Testimonials

The patent litigation team is extraordinary. They combine deep technical and substantive knowledge with top tier trial skills.’

Gregg LoCascio is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen. His partner Jeanne Heffernan is whip smart. She may be the only French Literature major I’ve ever known to become a patent litigator, and her extensive soft skills are a fantastic resource.’

Russell Levine is an outstanding IP litigator. He knows the relevant law, judges and courts, and the relevant ADR professionals. He thinks like an engineer and speaks their language, which is important for tech companies. He is always thinking a few moves ahead and is a real strategic practitioner.’

They are excellent at considering both short-term and long-term when determining litigation strategy. They respond clearly to all questions and involve all team members in the discussion, not just the senior partners.’

Mike De Vries is calm, clear in his responses and highly strategic in his analysis. He is responsive when faced with budget concerns even though he is used to dealing with companies with large litigation budgets.’

Kirkland argues cases on the merits and advances on that basis. Their ability to win respect from judges is well earned. They brought a diverse set of lawyers with the right skills to our matter.’

Key clients

BASF Corporation

AbbVie Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Alcon Vision, LLC

Apcon, Inc.

AutoStore Technology AS

Avigilon Corporation

Biedermann Technologies

Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

CertainTeed LLC

Charter Communications

Cisco Systems

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Eli Lilly & Company

Hospira, Inc.

Impact Engine

Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Intel Corporation

iRobot Corp.

LivePerson, Inc.

Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Omnitracs, LLC

Paragon 28, Inc.

Pollard Banknote Limited

Porsche Cars North America

Red Hat, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sharp, Inc.

SimpliSafe, Inc.

Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless America, Inc.

Siemens Energy

Syngenta Seeds, LLC

TriZetto and Cognizant Technology Solutions

Welbilt, Inc.

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

A true force to be reckoned with, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's practice impresses with an excellent track record acting in ITC investigations, having secured several precedent-setting rulings. Washington DC duo Gregg LoCascio and Paul Brinkman and New York’s Gregory Arovas stand out as the key experts of the group, which continues handling ITC cases across a wide range of technologies. Additionally the group manages appeals and the enforcement of exclusion orders with US Customs and Border Protection. Christopher Mizzo, who is also based in Washington DC, is another name to note. Helena Kiepura left in June 2021.

Key clients

AutoStore Technology

CertainTeed Corporation

Dell Technologies Inc.; Lenovo Group Ltd.; LG Electronics, Inc.

iRobot Corporation

Intel Corporation

Kapsch TrafficCom/EZPass

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Porsche Cars North America; Porsche AG

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

SimpliSafe, Inc.

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

Fielding highly versatile teams working collaboratively across multiple cities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s formidable practice is especially renowned for its capabilities in business-critical technology disputes before both the state and federal courts. On the West Coast, the Bay Area-based Adam Alper is a seasoned patent and trade secrets litigator with a strong track record representing clients in the semiconductor, telecoms, and pharmaceutical arenas. In Los Angeles, IP trial lawyer Michael De Vries is widely regarded for his work in billion-dollar cases, defending the interests of various blue-chip technology entities, while Diana Torres’ recent highlights include trademark infringement suits and class action litigations in the automotive and cybersecurity sectors. On the East Coast, New York-based Dale Cendali is recommended for her expertise in copyright, internet, and advertising matters, while Washington DC-based Gregg LoCascio is an accomplished litigator in cases related to electrical and mechanical engineering. Also in New York, Claudia Ray is noted for her broad IP capabilities, ranging from pre-litigation strategizing to portfolio management. Chicago-based Gianni Cutri and the New York-based Joshua Simmons are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AllRounds, Inc.

Biozeal, LLC & Dr. Murray Colin Clarke

Bryna Technologies

EagleView Technologies

General Motors Co.

Hello Products

Inventus Power, Inc.

LivePerson, Inc.

Matrixx Initiatives

Medidata Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Pindrop Security

TriZetto and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘well recognized as one of the leading law firms in this area’; a national offering comprising more than 520 specialized attorneys ‘consistently provides outstanding work and advice, even under very challenging or urgent circumstances’. Given the department’s historical role in ‘developing many of the legal principles and precedents that enabled the private funds sector to grow to its present size’, there is ‘rarely an issue that the practitioners have not seen and successfully navigated’. The group is instructed by a roster of more than 700 private equity sponsor clients, all of whom benefit from its ‘unequalled experience with fund formation, structuring, taxation and operations’. The New York office is a key base, fielding not only practice head John O’Neil but also a plethora of recommended senior attorneys, including Erica Berthou, Andrew Wright, Nicole Washington and Katrina Rowe. 2021 has also seen significant expansion at this location: Matthew Block from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Mark Boyagi from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Brad Friedman from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP are just some of the notable recent arrivals. In addition, a new acquisition has cemented the team’s presence in Boston, where Luzia Vaczy, formerly of Proskauer Rose LLP, is now based. Over in Chicago, Bruce Ettelson and Katie St. Peters remain the core contacts.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Their industry knowledge is excellent and they have expertise in all areas in this space. Team is typically very responsive. I think they are well recognized as one of the leading law firms in this area.’

‘I value their responsiveness and that I know that I can count on them to always get something done on relatively short notice. The partners that we primarily work with I know will get back to us immediately if we have an issue that needs to be addressed promptly. Also because we have now worked with our primary partners for a long time we can trust their judgment on grey areas where we need to make judgment calls.’

‘Erica Berthou is high energy, client minded and whip smart.’

‘The K&E funds team consistently provides outstanding work and advice, even under very challenging or urgent circumstances.’

‘Kirkland has built one of the premier private equity real estate practices in the world. The team has expertise across all facets of private equity, including corporate, tax, securities, and real estate. Very few firms compare in terms of market share and expertise. Kirkland understands how to keep their clients at the forefront of the market and offers unique expertise on the industry.’

‘Best team in the world in funds.’

‘Deep experience and a very deep bench. There is rarely an issue that the practitioners have not seen and successfully navigated.’

‘The Private Funds practice at Kirkland & Ellis has unequalled experience with fund formation, structuring, taxation and operations. Lawyers at the firm years ago were responsible for developing many of the legal principles and precedents that enabled the private funds sector to grow to its present size and scope. No other firm has played such an important role in this space. This expertise has been based down for decades and still informs the practice today.’

Key clients

Oaktree Capital Management

I Squared Capital

Clearlake Capital Partners

Starwood Capital Group

KKR

Summit Partners

GTCR

GI Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

GLP Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on the formation and fundraising of Oaktree Opportunities Fund XI, which closed at at $15.9bn.
  • Advised TPG Rise Climate – the climate investing strategy of TPG’s global impact investing platform TPG Rise – on the first close of $5.4bn in subscriptions to its inaugural fund, exceeding its initial target of $5bn.
  • Advised Summit Partners on the concurrent closing of its largest-ever fund ($8.35bn), its largest-ever fund finance credit facility ($3bn), and the purchase of four portfolio companies using Kirkland’s Funded – a proprietary digital fund subscription platform.  

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

Noted for its expertise in the oil and gas, energy and technology sectors, Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts for public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in high value M&A transactions, restructuring mandates and Chapter 11 cases. Key clients include NortonLifeLock, Thoma Bravo and Bristol Myers Squibb Company, among others. New York-based Scott Price advises clients on the executive compensation aspects of domestic and international mergers, in addition to representing executives and management teams in negotiating incentive compensation arrangements. In the firm’s Chicago office, Alexandra Mihalas focuses on ERISA issues arising out of acquisitions and sales by private equity funds, while Michael Falk handles defined benefit, deferred compensation and equity plans. Matthew Antinossi, who is also based in Chicago, has experience in ESOP transactions and advises on ERISA Title IV issues.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Agiliti Inc.

Antylia Scientific

Bain Capital

Black Rifle Coffee Company

Bristol Myers Squibb

Butterfly

Callon Petroleum

Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

Cushman & Wakefield

Donuts, Inc.

Durational Capital Management LP

Eli Lilly

FinServ Acquisition Corp.

Gulfport Energy

Industrial Growth Partners

Insignia Capital Group

Instructure

J&J Ventures Gaming LLC

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

L Catterton

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.

Maravai Life Sciences Inc.

McDermott

McDonald’s Corporation

New Mountain Capital, LLC

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

NortonLifeLock

Olympus Partners

Pritzker Private Capital

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company

Shoals Technologies Inc.

SK Capital Partners

Thoma Bravo

Trinseo

Twilio

Vine Energy

Vista Equity Partners

Wheels, Inc.

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

Equipped to support on market-defining, multijurisdictional deals across all major industries, Kirkland & Ellis LLP caters to a wide-ranging client roster of public and private companies, financial advisors and boards of directors. David Fox has transacted a colossal $500bn worth of deals throughout his illustrious career, while Daniel Wolf is a standout for cross-border and contested transactions, activism defense and governance matters. The practice, which predominantly consists of New York-based lawyers, is also home to Jonathan Davis, one of the market’s foremost names for SPAC-related transactions.

Other key lawyers:

David Fox; Daniel Wolf; Jonathan Davis; Eric Schiele; Sarkis Jebejian; David Feirstein; Jonathan Davis; Edward Lee

Key clients

NortonLifeLock (Nasdaq: NLOK)

Bristol Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY)

Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO)

Danaher Corp. (NYSE: DHR)

GlobalLogic, Inc.

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB)

Alight Solutions

Nordic Capital

CCC Information Services

Starwood Capital Group

Verizon (NYSE: VZ)

Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN)

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex)

State Auto Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: STFC)

Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL)

Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)

General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE)

Accenture (NYSE: ACE)

Ahold Delhaize (ADRNY: OTCQX)

Work highlights

  • Advised NortonLifeLock (Nasdaq: NLOK), a global leader in consumer cybersafety, on its $25 billion merger with Avast (LSE: AVST), a leader in digital security and privacy.
  • Advised Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) on its acquisition of MyoKardia, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapies for the treatment of serious cardiovascular diseases, for $13.1bn.
  • Advised The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers (NYSE: TCO) in Taubman’s announced $9.8bn sale to Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG).

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a powerhouse, handling a steady stream of sponsor-led private equity deals throughout the bulge-bracket and middle market on behalf of the major players in the field, including KKR, Blackstone, Bain, and BC Partners, among others. The firm has a strong presence across the US, with active offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and further is able to work in collaboration with its global platform alongside integrated finance, tech, and regulatory teams. Alongside buyouts and exits, the team also advises on complex and innovative arrangements, including SPAC deals and continuation fund transactions, leveraging its fund formation capabilities for the latter. Key names in the team include global chairman Jon Ballis in Chicago, an authority on private equity issues who continues to act on major deals for the likes of Cerberus and TPG, Peter Martelli, who has led buyouts and portfolio company deals for Blackstone and BC Partners, and Eunu Chun, an experienced dealmaker with expertise across the life-cycle of private equity investments. Jennifer Perkins has a strong record in domestic and cross-border buyouts and exits, with standout work on behalf of KKR. Laura Steinke joined the firm from Ropes & Gray LLP in September 2021, and is noted for her international expertise and prolific deal count. Jonathan Benloulou divides his time between Los Angeles and Dallas, and specializes in asset manager M&A. Also in Los Angeles, Damon Fisher is a key name for SPAC deals. Attorneys are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Ballis; Peter Martelli; Eunu Chun; Jennifer Perkins; Michael Weisser; Laura Steinke; Jonathan Benloulou; Lauren Colasacco; Corey Fox; Brittany Sakowitz

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

Blackstone Inc.

The Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners

Francisco Partners

GTCR

The Jordan Company

KKR

Madison Dearborn Partners

Sun Capital Partners

TA Associates

Thoma Bravo

Thomas H. Lee Partners

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience of defending several high profile M&A challenges, such as Bristol Myers-Celgene’s $90bn deal vs. Starboard/Wellington. Its team also has expertise in advising on takeover preparedness, typifying its holistic approach to activism defense. Of particular note, the group advised Nikola Corporation on a high profile activist short attack. Key contacts in the group are Shaun Mathew and Sarkis Jebejian. Mathew has led the defense in over 50 significant activism mandates since joining Kirkland in 2018. Corporate partner Jebejian counts Accenture and Bain Capital among key clients. Eric Schiele and Daniel Wolf are also noted for their work on proxy fights. All named practitioners are based in New York.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nikola Corporation

KVH Industries, Inc.

Vista Equity Partners

Starwood Capital Group

EQT Infrastructure

Daseke, Inc.

Benefitfocus, Inc.

OnDeck Capital

Lee Enterprises

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is historically known for its involvement in high-profile advertising cases, in which the team showcases strong litigation skills at any level of justice and in multiple contexts, including the NAD and the National Advertising Review Board. In Chicago, practice head Ross Weisman has IP expertise and longstanding experience in advertising and promotions law, especially defending and challenging advertising claims in federal court under the Lanham Act. Also in Chicago, Robin McCue often co-leads on matters with Weisman and specializes in false advertising litigation. In Washington DC, Gregg LoCascio is particularly recognized for his technical capabilities. As a former staff attorney of the FTC, DC-based Richard Cunningham  is also a name to note in this area.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Robin McCue; Gregg LoCascio; Richard Cunningham

Testimonials

‘The K&E advertising legal team is exceptional. They are particularly strong at evaluating and advocating advertising claims. While other firms are capable in this specialty, K&E consistently “gets it” quicker than other outside lawyers when it comes to complex support necessary for consumer advertising claims.’

‘Ross Weisman stands out among his peers. He’s quick to understand complex ad claims and their support. He’s ultra responsive and easy to work with. Unlike many in the specialty, he embraces the role of advocate and brings significant litigation chops. Ray Woodring (of counsel) is a strong writer and shares Ross’ gift of being able to understand and convey complex issues.’

‘Their experience and knowledge of FTC practices is invaluable in navigating an FTC investigation.’

‘Rich Cunningham, Raymond Woodring and Ross Weisman were a great team to tackle all the intricacies of an FTC investigation.’

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

LendingClub Corporation

Alcon Laboratories

Dyson, Inc.

Tenneco

Sanderson Farms

AT&T Services, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s technology transactions group provides critical support to the firm’s market-leading corporate and private equity teams, which regularly act on IP and technology-driven corporate acquisitions, sales, SPAC mergers and IPOs. The volume of deal activity is unmatched by most firms and might lead to the team’s standalone skillsets being overlooked. The practice has long had a major focus on business process and technology outsourcing agreements, and its lead lawyers are equally adept at IP licenses, collaboration agreements and strategic alliances. A notable example was the firm’s advice to McDonald’s on its deal with IBM concerning the development of its Automated Order Taking technology and subsequent spinoff of McD Tech Labs. Key partners include Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman and Matthew Lovell in Chicago for IP and technology-related outsourcings and transactions. San Francisco-based partner John Lynn is also highly experienced in related corporate and technology transactions.

Key clients

Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. IV

Blackstone

BroadPeak Global

Capsule Technologies

Celanese Corporation

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Donuts Inc.

Eli Lilly & Company

Francisco Partners

Hellman & Friedman

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

KRAFTON

McDonald’s Corporation

Naver Corporation

Nexstar Media Group

Oaktree Acquisition Corp.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company

Stone Point Capital

Stonepeak Partners

The Carlyle Group

Thoma Bravo

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Verizon Communications

Wyndham Destinations

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonald’s on its agreement with IBM to accelerate the development of McDonald’s Automated Order Taking (AOT) technology, a deal that included IBM’s acquisition of McD Tech Labs which develops employee- and customer-facing innovations such as AOT.
  • Advised Eli Lilly and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dermira, in an exclusive outbound license agreement with Evommune to develop and commercialize three development programs for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.
  • Advised Verizon on the sale of Verizon Media to funds managed by Apollo Global Management for $5 billion.

Real estate Tier 1

Noted for its work for publicly-traded REITs, sovereign wealth funds, major pension organizations and institutional investors, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is the go-to counsel for private equity groups on all real estate-related activities. Practice heads Jonathan Schechter, Andrew Small and Kevin Ehrhart, based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, respectively, are recognised for their expertise in joint venture formation, capital raisings and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions. Christopher Hartmann is another noted figure in New York; recommended for preferred equity investments and financings. Chicago’s Rachel Brown and Daniel Perlman are focused on workouts, loan sales and investments in distressed capital stacks.

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group

GLP Capital Partners

KKR & Co. Inc.

Blackstone Real Estate

Cerberus Capital Management

TPG Real Estate Partners

Rockwood Capital, LLC

LaSalle Investment Management

Oaktree Capital Management

QuadReal Property Group Limited Partnership

GID Investment Advisers

Ares Management

Hudson Pacific Properties

Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC [PIMCO]

Elad Genesis Limited Partnership

Realterm

Stonehenge Partners

Washington Prime Group

Oak View Group

Core Spaces

Dune Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented funds managed by Starwood Capital on its acquisition of Extended Stay America and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc, in a 50/50 joint venture with funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $6bn and is the largest hotel acquisition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. on its joint venture with Highgate to purchase six hospitality portfolios from Colony Capital, Inc, a REIT, for an aggregate transaction value of approximately $2.8bn, including the assumption of debt.
  • Advised KKR on its sale of a 14.5 million square foot infill and light industrial portfolio for approximately $2.2bn. The portfolio, which consists of 149 distribution buildings located in 12 major industrial markets across the U.S., was assembled by KKR through various acquisitions over the last three years, all of which Kirkland advised on as well.

Tax > International tax Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted for its expertise regarding tax aspects of international M&A, investment fund formation, and restructurings. Practice co-chair Dean Shulman operates out of New York and covers M&A transactions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, and real estate investment trusts. Also in New York, Sara Zablotney and David Grenker are key contacts for international tax matters related to transactions and offshore private equity funds, respectively. In Chicago, practice co-chair Todd Maynes focuses on debt restructuring and tax litigation, while Rachel Cantor specializes in tax matters related to cross-border M&A. They work alongside Mike Carew, Lee Morlock, both also in Chicago, and Jared Rusman in New York, well-regarded experts in cross-border tax aspects of M&A transactions. 2021 saw an influx of new partners, including tax structuring specialist Stanley Ramsay from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in May, and transactional tax lawyers Michael Masri and Sophia Han from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in March and May.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

K&E has a very deep talent pool in pretty much all the countries in which Sun does business. In addition, they have a culture or being commercial. As a result, we are able to call on knowledgeable local professionals with technical capabilities in all business aspects important to us (e.g., tax, benefits, business, privacy, etc.).’

Key clients

Abry Partners

AJAX I

Atlas UK Bidco Limited (Allied Bidco)

Bain Capital

CC Neuberger Principal Holdings I/CC Capital

Celanese Corporation

Cushman & Wakefield

GlobalLogic

Grunhub Inc.

Intelsat S.A.

Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp.

Investor Consortium – Ocean Link Partners and Sequoia Capital China

Knighthead Capital Management/Certares Opportunities

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize

Lone Star Funds

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG)

Nordic Capital

Pamplona Capital Management-backed Parexel

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Abry Partners and its portfolio company, Options Technology on the tax aspects of its carve-out acquisition of the U.S. and U.K.-based Fixnetix from DXC Technology.
  • Advised AJAX I on the tax aspects related to its $7bn business combination with Cazoo.
  • Advised Atlas UK Bidco Limited on the tax aspects of the financing for the $5.3bn acquisition of the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of G4S.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

The internationally renowned team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP works with a broad spectrum of industry leaders on the full gamut of tax matters. The team is especially known for its prolific Chapter 11 restructuring capabilities, as well as its involvement in numerous big-ticket M&A transactions and investment fund formations. The practice is jointly headed up by Chicago-based Todd Maynes, a debt restructuring and tax litigation specialist, and New York-based Dean Shulman, a highly experienced advisor in all manner of transaction structuring mandates. Also in New York, Sara Zablotney is recognized for her capabilities in big-ticket transactions, with recent highlights including a series of high-value acquisitions for some of the country’s leading private equity firms. Gregory Gallagher and Mike Carew are noted for their respective strengths in domestic and cross-border deal structuring, while New York-based David Grenker focuses on restructurings, and public and private debt issuances. The Chicago-based William Levy possesses decades of experience in real estate transactions, restructurings and corporate reorganizations. In recent months, the firm has been on a significant hiring streak, with notable recent additions including the REIT-focused Mark Schwed from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in April 2021 and the renewable energy tax specialist Sophia Han from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in May 2021. All named lawyers are based in Chicago unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Their level of experience in dealing with complex tax issues is unmatched.’

‘Our two lead tax lawyers are David Wheat and Todd Maynes, and in our opinion they are the best in the country in guiding us through the thorniest of tax issues and finding a way to explain the very complicated issues in a manner that we can understand.’

 

Key clients

Abry Partners

Advent International

Alight Solutions

Bain Capital

Celanese

Cerberus Capital Management

Danaher

Frontier Communications

Grubhub

Hellman & Friedman

Intelsat S.A.

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG)

Nordic Capital

Owl Rock Capital Group

Pamplona Capital Management-backed Parexel

Starwood Capital

Verizon

WPX Energy

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Offering significant agency experience, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is adept in representing clients in a broad range of industries throughout government cartel investigations and associated litigation, with a focus on price-fixing, monopolization, generic drugs and intellectual property. The firm represents parties in key cartel investigations, most notably acting for AbbVie in ongoing FTC litigation relating to anticompetitive conduct in the generics space, and also has notable capabilities in cartel investigations into private equity portfolio companies, assisting many of the firm’s leading PE fund clients. Senior names in the team include the experienced Chicago-based duo of James Mutchnik, a go-to counsel for government and internal investigations, international cartel litigation, and criminal proceedings arising from cartel allegations, and Daniel Laytin, a specialist litigator regularly involved in civil and criminal cartel cases. The team’s expertise in media and telecoms work was bolstered by the arrival of Scott Scheele, who joined the Washington DC office in December 2021, having served as head of the Antitrust Division’s Media, Entertainment and Communications Section.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AbbVie

Forest Laboratories

Ares Management Corporation

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association

Hitachi, Ltd.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

The Clemens Family Corp.

Thomson Reuters Corp.

UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is heavily active in merger clearances, successfully securing approvals for its highly acquisitive corporate and private equity clients, including such major funds as Blackstone, KKR, and Bain Capital, handling a large proportion of HSR filings alongside more contentious merger proceedings such as Second Requests and DOJ investigations. Alongside its strong domestic presence, the firm also regularly handles cross-border clearances, appearing before the European Commission and other global enforcers, and collaborating with its international offices on complex multijurisdictional matters. Key names in the team include the vastly experienced Matthew Reilly, a fixture in FTC and DOJ merger proceedings on behalf of a wide range of blue-chip clients and New York-based Ian John, who notably represented Ahold Delhaize in the clearance of its acquisition of Fresh Direct. Marin Boney has strong expertise in the software and technology space, handling approvals and investigations for M&A and joint ventures. The team expanded significantly during 2021, with Andrea Agathoklis Murino and Matthew Wheatley arriving from Goodwin in January and March respectively, Jill Ross joining the New York office from Dechert LLP in May, and media and entertainment specialist Scott Scheele arriving from the Antitrust Division in December. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners-backed Intelsat

Blackstone Inc.

Clearlake Capital

E2open Parent Holdings, Inc.

Francisco Partners

Grubhub

GTCR

Kinderhook Industries

KKR

NortonLifeLock

Owl Rock Capital Group

Prince International

Radiology Partners

Staples/Sycamore

Tenet Healthcare

Vista Equity Partners

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

The ‘thoughtful, pragmatic and effective’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLPdelivers quality class action defense‘ to a raft of high-profile corporates, including automotive manufacturers, in state and federal courts across the country, including in the context of MDL litigation. The firm is noted for its trial-ready approach which translates to very persausive advocacy in jury trials, as well as providing it with the leverage to secure favourable settlements, success at summary judgment and the early dismissal of cases. General Motors remains a cornerstone client of the practice and continues to provide a raft of product liability instructions, including relating to airbags and emissions standards. ‘A master in the complex litigation class action realm’, Richard Godfrey continues to handle work for GM, including his work alongside the ‘incredibly smart, thoughtful and client-focused’ Renee Smith  in relation to the Takata airbag litigation and the high-profile diesel emissions putative class action. All named practitioners are based out of the firm’s Chicago office.

Testimonials

The firm’s litigation team in the area of product liability, mass tort and class actions in the auto space is first rate. They have routinely been involved in some of the most significant cases and bring that expertise to the table on all matters.’

‘The firm delivers quality class action defense that is thoughtful, pragmatic and effective. Best in the business.’

‘Richard Godfrey is a master in the complex litigation class action realm.’

‘Renee Smith is a standout partner for the firm.’

‘Renee Smith is a superstar. She’s incredibly smart, thoughtful, client-focused, and gets the job done.’

Matt Regan is outstanding. Sharp mind, responsive, all the tactical, strategic and legal capabilities you need.’

Key clients

General Motors

Polaris Industries

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is particularly adept at handling high-stakes product liability and mass tort disputes with potentially reputation threatening consequences for the defendants. As well as the firm’s ability to provide ‘highly strategic‘ guidance, it is also well-versed in understanding and explaining often highly complex technical and scientific issues, including in MDLs for generic pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. The firm’s Chicago headquarters contain a particularly strong concentration of prominent product liability litigators, including Renee SmithRobert Ellis and the vastly experienced Andrew McGaan.

Testimonials

The team provides highly strategic guidance.’ 

Key clients

Woodstream Corporation

Allergan

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Carrier Global Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline

General Motors

Polaris Industries

Staples, Inc.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Torrent Private Limited and Torrent Pharma, Inc.

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

3M

Work highlights

  • Representing Woodstream Corporation in a putative class action alleging fraud and breachof warranty in connection with Woodstream’s Victor® PestChaser® ultrasonic rodent repeller products.
  • Representing Allergan in connection with thousands of civil suits as well as government investigations related to its sale and marketing of opioid medications.
  • Represented Carrier Global Corporation and its subsidiary, Walter Kidde PortableEquipment Inc., in a consumer products putative class action related to its fire extinguishers.

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

Historically rooted in litigation and still maintaining a market-leading presence in bet-the-company cases across the spectrum of civil disputes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a popular choice for clients seeking a robust and trial-ready defence, including in major class actions. It regularly handles some sizeable mandates in the toxic tort space, where it receives plaudits for ‘its uniformly excellent service, both at a partner and associate level’. As well as his work within the pharmaceuticals space, Washington DC-based Mike Brock has also gained market recognition for his versatile trial practice that includes work on major environmental toxic tort mandates; former key roles included his work for BP in all matters relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a uniformly excellent service both at a partner and associate level.’

Key clients

Allergan Plc

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline

Syngenta Corporation

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Torrent Private Limited and Torrent Pharma, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has an impressive array of corporate issuer clients and has a steady flow of key engagements stemming from its illustrious private client base. Capital markets offerings connected to its world-leading restructuring practice are also a feature of the firm’s practice. It has also worked on a series of fund raisings driven by the Covid-19 pandemic for clients such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. New York partners Sophia Hudson and Joshua Korff are prolific advisers on big-ticket DCM engagements for corporate issuers, private equity clients and their portfolio companies; Korff is also noted for offerings by tech businesses. Chicago partner Robert Hayward also has a wealth of issuer relationships, such as Boeing.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agiliti, Inc.

Ares Capital Corporation

Array Technologies, Inc.

Blue Owl Capital, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Carvana Co.

Datto Holding Corp.

Integral Ad Science

Jamf Holding Corp.

KORE Wireless Group, Inc.

loanDepot, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Option Care Health

Rocket Software Inc.

Shoals Technologies Group, Inc.

Starwood Capital Group

TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs & Co.

Vine Energy Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s thriving capital markets practice is fuelled to a large extent by its leading private equity client base and their portfolio companies. It has also achieved further prominence in SPAC-related equity offerings and transactions linked to capital constraints resulting from the Covid-19 crisis; this included a mix of debt and equity issuances by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Chicago partner Robert Hayward frequently advises private equity portfolio companies on their IPOs and equity offerings. New York’s Joshua Korff is perhaps best known for high-yield debt, but is also active in equity offerings and SPAC transactions. New York partner Sophia Hudson and Los Angeles partner Philippa Bond are also key names.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Agiliti, Inc.

Ares Capital Corporation

Array Technologies, Inc.

Blue Owl Capital, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Carvana Co.

Datto Holding Corp.

Integral Ad Science

Jamf Holding Corp.

KORE Wireless Group, Inc.

loanDepot, Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Option Care Health

Rocket Software Inc.

Shoals Technologies Group, Inc.

Starwood Capital Group

TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs & Co.

Vine Energy Inc.

Work highlights

    Finance > Project finance

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has rapidly developed its project finance practice in recent years, with a team capable of assisting lenders and sponsors with a range of complex issues, though is most active in the private equity arena, leveraging its reputation as a leading PE to represent infrastructure funds and PE sponsors looking to invest in developing projects. Rohit Chaudhry is practice head and advises many of the teams largest lender clients from the Washington DC office, which is also home to Roald Nashi . The New York group added to its ranks in February 2022 with the addition of Robert Eberhardt from Norton Rose Fulbright, following on from a number of other lateral hires into the office including: Sebastian Chan, who arrived from Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in February 2021; and Sebastian Chan, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP a month later.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Eberhardt; Roald Nashi; Brian Greene; Kelann Brook Stirling; Sebastian Chan

    Key clients

    Apollo Global Management

    Ares Management

    Blackstone

    Brookfield Asset Management

    Credit Suisse

    Cypress Creek Renewables

    EIG

    ECP

    EQT

    ING Capital

    I Squared Capital

    Investec

    KKR

    Macquarie

    MUFG

    Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

    Summit Midstream Partners

    Third Coast Midstream

    True Green Capital Management

    Warburg Pincus

    Work highlights

    • Represented KKR in a combination of two related transactions with NextEra Energy by which KKR will invest approximately $ 1.4bn in renewable energy assets.
    • Advised MIP V, a fund affiliated with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, on the financing for the acquisition of a large majority stake in California-based GreenWaste and partner company Zanker Recycling.
    • Advised a group of investors on a $2.6bn financing raised by Intersect Power, LLC for the construction and operation of a six-project renewables portfolio.

    Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a broad practice, with a notable private equity and portfolio company client base. The team has a strong reputation for whole-business securitizations, and has particular experience in structures involving exotic assets, including floorplan loans, healthcare and credit card receivables, as well as operating assets such as oil and gas receivables. Auto and equipment securitizations are another core part of the practice. Jointly leading the group are Chicago’s Jeffrey O’Connor and New York’s Janette McMahan, a specialist in auto loan and lease transactions, as well as single-family rental deals and whole-business securitizations. In Dallas, associate Rudgee Charles is building a solid asset finance and securitization practice.

    Other key lawyers:

    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.

    Travel + Leisure Co. (f/k/a Wyndham Destinations)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Carvana, LLC, a subsidiary of Carvana Co on four offerings of asset-backed notes backed by auto loan receivables.
    • Advised a holding company on securities issues arising from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    • Advised Travel + Leisure Co. on two term securitization offerings backed by timeshare loan receivables under its Sierra program through its Wyndham Vacation Ownership group.

    Industry focus > Energy regulation: electric power Tier 2

    Praised for its ‘superior technical capabilities’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents a wide range of electricity market participants and individuals in FERC and CFTC enforcement proceedings and FERC audits. The group handles transaction and financing structures, renewable portfolio investments and acquisitions, and also advised clients in the aftermath of winter storm Uri. Key contacts at the firm include ‘standoutsBrooksany Barrowes and Andrew Stuyvenberg; the former has experience developing trading and corporate compliance programs; the latter has worked on significant financing and M&A projects. Robert Fleishman is an ‘intellectual and legal powerhouse’ with extensive expertise before the FERC, CFTC and other regulatory bodies.

    Testimonials

    Our company and I had the most positive experience working with Kirkland & Ellis and Robert Fleishman, our lead attorney at the firm on the energy regulatory and compliance matters. I recommend Robert and his department at Kirkland & Ellis most enthusiastically to anyone seeking help in this specialty.’

    Robert Fleishman is an example of what a really good attorney should be. He is always responsive and on top of issues, tasks, and timelines. In a nutshell, he is an intellectual and legal powerhouse. Robert has consistently demonstrated very high ethical standards in his interaction with us and he puts the interests of a client above his own.’

    The K&E team combines both superior technical capabilities with practical and commercial advice. Being able to deliver on both is crucial to me as a client of the firm.’

    Brooksany and Andrew are standouts on a wide range of energy regulatory matters. Whether I need them to review a PPA, comment on a FERC ruling or assess a project interconnection risk, they have the answer.

    Key clients

    Apple Energy

    Kindle Energy

    Just Energy Group

    The Blackstone Group

    Cypress Creek Renewables

    Vistra Energy Corporation

    Calpine Corporation

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

    CarVal Investors

    Mankato Companies

    Archaea Energy (formerly: Rice Acquisition Corporation)

    EQT Infrastructure V Fund

    Macquarie Asset Management

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

    Ares Management

    Industry focus > Environment: litigation Tier 2

    Bringing together experience in environmental enforcement, compliance and litigation, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has successfully defended major companies in a variety of civil, criminal and administrative environmental proceedings. Contentious matters related to groundwater contamination is an area of strength for the group, which is often retained by clients from the chemicals, manufacturing, oil and gas sectors and public entities in such claims. In addition, typical mandates include mass tort and class actions, Superfund cases, climate change litigation and challenged to federal and state rulemakings. Andrew Running is a key point of contact within the team; the practitioner is based in Chicago and has achieved numerous victories for clients in environmental contamination, product liability and toxic tort cases. Kevin Van Wart is seasoned in acting for major corporate clients in class actions and mass tort lawsuits, while Bradley Weidenhammer has substantial experience in federal and state trials as well as appellate courts throughout the US. Clients in the aerospace, manufacturing, telecoms, energy and pharmaceutical sectors regularly turn to Nader Boulos for assistance with environmental tort cases.

    Testimonials

    ‘Kirkland has super smart people that can work well with other law firms. Their reputation sets them up to be respected and work well with others.’

    ‘Nader Boulos is experienced, brilliant, and a natural leader.’

    Key clients

    City of Chicago

    Dow Chemical Company

    General Motors Company

    Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s extensive track record acting for licensors and licensees alike nourishes the practice with strong capabilities to negotiate mandates with a deep understanding of both perspectives. In addition to negotiating license agreements, the group is well versed in other commercial arrangements that are often implemented alongside of patent licensing deals, including joint development agreements, supply agreements, and service and technical assistance agreements. The team offers additional expertise in the development and implementation of patent licensing programs, often by way of corporate transactions. Key practitioners include David MacDonald in New York, who has a focus on pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; Chicago-based trio Russell Levine, Adam Petravicius, and Seth Traxler, who leads the technology & IP transactions practice; and Shellie Freedman in New York, whose background in molecular and cell biology provides her with additional insight into life sciences transactions.

    Key clients

    Eli Lilly

    Open Invention Network

    Work highlights

    • Advised Eli Lilly (NYS: LLY) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Dermira, on an outbound license agreement with Evommune to develop and commercialise three development programs for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.
    • Advised Eli Lilly (NYS: LLY) on its collaboration and patent license agreement with Kumquat Biosciences.
    • Representing Open Invention Network in patent counseling matters for Linux patent pool.  

    Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

    Led in New York by intellectual property litigation authority Dale Cendali, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts in high-stakes trademark disputes on behalf of internationally recognized brands including Delta Air Lines and Epic Games. In Los Angeles, Diana Torres represents consumer product manufacturers, fitness service providers and media companies, and Allison Buchner litigates for companies against regulators, competitors and consumers. In New York, further support is provided by Claudia Ray, who specializes in unfair competition claims for clients in tech, aviation, financial services and entertainment, and Shanti Sadtler Conway, who, in addition to appearing high-profile court actions, provides IP counselling for non-profits and low-income individuals.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    Association of American Publishers

    Delta Air Lines, Inc.

    Dick’s Sporting Goods

    Epic Games, Inc.

    Hello Products

    Lucky Brand LLC

    Medidata Solutions

    SH Group Global IP Holdings, L.L.C.

    Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

    Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong record in the outsourcing space, with expertise in complex, multi-vendor outsourcing deals. In addition to handling the outsourcing of business processes, the practice draws on its experience of technology transactions to advise on IT outsourcings. The team is also frequently engaged to handle the outsourcing aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer offer particular expertise in technology transactions and Todd Herst handles outsourcing transactions across sectors including telecommunications, healthcare, insurance and consumer products. New York’s Shellie Freedman is another name to note with a focus on healthcare and life sciences. Lawyers mentioned are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Strategic, unique commercial arrangements – alternate fee arrangaments, sensitive to public company considerations, commercial pragmatism and focused on permissive yet protective negotiation/drafting’

    ‘We recommend Neil Hirshman.’

    ‘Superb in helping reach agreements while defending the client’s interest. Extremely efficient.’

    ‘Neil Hirshman in particular has excellent people skills and is a very good team leader. He is extremely competent on substance.’

    Key clients

    SSM Health

    Continental Casualty (CNA)

    CCC Information Systems

    Equinox Media

    Frontier Communications

    Nexus Capital Management LP

    SK Capital

    TowerBrook Capital Partners

    Accenture

    Work highlights

    • Advising SSM, a large hospital network, on its ground-breaking strategic alliance with UnitedHealth Group (UHG). This alliance will involve Optum, a UHG subsidiary, providing services on an outsourced basis, including revenue cycle management, health plan operations, care transformation and analytics.
    • Advised Continental Casualty Company in its negotiation of a set of outsourcing agreements covering a multinational professional services firm’s provision of managed services regarding IT risk management and cybersecurity, including the implementation and maintenance of a new software platform.
    • Advising Equinox Media on its outsourcing, manufacturing, purchase, software and payment processing agreements with various vendors in connection with the design, manufacturing and supply of a new in-home bike and on-demand fitness app.

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

    Highlighted for its ‘unparalleled experience’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP brings together a multidisciplinary team with demonstrable strength in capital markets transactions and real-estate related tax matters. The department also advises on corporate governance, particularly on takeovers and disclosure issues to directors, and is able to leverage its global footprint to handle cross-border matter with its office in London. New York’s Michael Brueck and Sarkis Jebejian are key contacts alongside Bruce Gelman in Chicago who focuses on structuring REITS, and is singled out by clients for his ‘unique blend of tax, structuring, and corporate law knowledge.Mike Beinus in New York is also recommended for debt and equity offerings.

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    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The breadth, experience, and skills of Kirkland’s REIT practice is unparalleled in my experience. Kirkland can address the corporate, tax, and securities law aspects of any public or private REIT question within a few hours. The team is always available and willing to assist on any matter.’

    ‘Bruce Gelman is an exceptional partner and client leader. Bruce blends his unique blend of tax, structuring, and corporate law knowledge to provide practical and insightful advice for any REIT structuring issue that we encounter.’

    Key clients

    Taubman Centers

    GLP Pte. Ltd.

    Ventas

    TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.

    Cerberus Capital Management

    Starwood Property Trust

    Ladder Capital

    Equity Lifestyle Properties

    StorageMart

    Hudson Pacific Properties

    Work highlights

    • Advised Starwood Capital Group on the definitive agreement for funds managed by Starwood Capital to acquire Extended Stay America (NYSE: STAY) and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc., in a 50/50 joint venture with funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners.
    • Advised an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group in its pending $4.2bn public takeover offer for CA Immobilien Anlagen AG, an Austrian real estate company focused on leasing, managing and developing high-quality office buildings.
    • Advised StorageMart, the largest privately-owned self-storage company in the world, on its acquisition of Manhattan Mini Storage, a leading self-storage and moving company based in New York City.

    Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 2

    The tax disputes team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a ‘strong deep bench for tax disputes’ in federal and state courts, administrative appeals, and dispute resolution before litigation stage. It is especially experienced in transfer pricing controversy proceedings and representing private equity funds in tax audits and proceedings. Based in Houston, practice co-lead Richard Husseini represents public and private companies and high net worth individuals before the IRS, courts, and regulatory bodies. Operating out of Chicago, co-lead Natalie Keller is experienced in transfer pricing disputes, particularly for clients in automotive, medical product, and pharmaceutical industries. She works alongside Todd Maynes, a tax litigation, debt restructurings, and insolvency specialist, and counsel JoAnne Nagjee, who represents clients in administrative appeals and post-appeal mediation.

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    Testimonials

    ‘Strong deep bench for tax disputes.’

    ‘Richard Husseini is a national leader in tax disputes and excellent lawyer.’

    ‘The teams strengths relate to their depth of knowledge in the tax area. I like that they all the resources necessary within the firm to handle the most complex foreign and domestic tax issues.’

    ‘I work primarily with Richard Husseini. Richard has the best memory of anyone that I have worked with in the tax legal and accounting world. He has a way of synthesizing various components of the IRS Code and Treasury regulations to formulate novel and powerful arguments to sustain complex income tax positions. In short, I have been working within corporate income tax departments for over 20 years and without a doubt, Richard is the best tax attorney I have ever worked with. On top of that he is a thoughtful, kind person. So, the combination of brilliance coupled with his interpersonal skills has resulted in excellent tax outcomes.’

    Richard Husseini has assisted me with several very large deals in the oil and gas sector. His knowledge of the sector is very high. So, I have confidence that he understands the language and unique aspects of the commercial side of the industry, as well as the income tax side. Therefore, I can entrust him to draft and perform deal reviews with the highest level of confidence.’

    Key clients

    Chesapeake Energy Corporation

    HcPerf Holdings BV, owned by Lime Rock

    Honeywell International Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised Honeywell International Inc. in its dispute with former subsidiary Garrett Motion Inc. The dispute included a complex transition tax issue under Section 965 of the Code, as governed by the parties’ Tax Matters Agreement, along with other contested tax issues. The issue was resolved as part of Garrett’s court-supervised Chapter 11 proceeding.
    • Advised Chesapeake Energy Corporation in an appeal against the IRS with respect to domestic tax issues relating to oil and gas partnerships including complex subchapter K rules, hedging rules and The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) rules.
    • Advised HcPerf Holdings BV, owned by Lime Rock against Oil States in a dispute over a stock purchase agreement relating to tax refunds generated by net operating losses.

    Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is appreciated by peers and clients alike as it is ‘ very strong technically, thoroughly understands all things e-discovery, and is diligent, persistent and pays great attention to detail.’  Primarily advising on discovery strategy in the context of complex litigation, the firm also handles antitrust and regulatory responses, high-volume due diligence and data-intensive internal investigations. The ‘excellent’ Michelle Six chairs the firm’s electronic discovery committee from New York, and assists with data loss and records retention issues, in addition to challenges posed by emerging technologies. Vanessa Barsanti returned to the firm’s Chicago office from Redgrave LLP in January 2021, having departed six months earlier. Of counsel Amber Whipkey arrived in Washington DC from WilmerHale in May 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Vanessa Barsanti; Amber Whipkey; Dorothy Wood; Dan Raffle

    Testimonials

    ‘Michelle Six is excellent’

    ‘The team is very strong technically, thoroughly understands all things e-discovery, and is diligent, persistent and pays great attention to detail. Their broad and deep experience allows them to quickly identify risks and mitigate them before they become issues. I would think a client would want to know that the team operates honestly, openly and with integrity.

    ‘Michelle Six really stands out from her competitors because she thoroughly understands e-discovery. She understands it can be messy at times, accepts that and diligently works through challenges on matters with clients, partners and adversaries openly and with integrity so favorable outcomes can always be achieved. Michelle also has such a depth of experience she is able to act as a client advocate and fiduciary appropriately managing the e-discovery process and its costs as if it was her own money she was spending.’

    ‘Dorothy Wood and Dan Raffle work closely with and are perfectly aligned with Michelle. They both possess great technical and project management skills and also operate with great integrity.’

    ‘The team at Kirkland & Ellis are world-class in terms of advising and managing clients with e-discovery needs. They are thorough, thoughtful, and provide expert advice. The mindset is never how will this affect them as a firm, but rather how can we do things better to positively impact the client.’

    ‘Michelle Six is a professional beyond words, with absolute expert’s eyes toward managing data. The team around her is client-focused, with the mindset of making complex issues manageable. Dorothy Wood, Dan Raffle, and the rest of the team are the best in the industry.’

    ‘The e-discovery practice at K&E is world class and the best I have ever worked with. They are professional and straight-forward, but they have immense experience in the e-discovery area and are always willing to lean in and offer great advice.’

    ‘K&E have incredible e-discovery knowledge in all aspects and have resources to get any answer you need. The level of collaboration and willingness to help, to find answers, and to improve our product is top notch.’

    Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 3

    At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the financial services litigation practice handles a range of complex disputes in the area, from market manipulation and fraud investigations to litigation related to M&A. The team represents clients facing investigations across consumer finance, securities and derivatives, with experience in cases involving the SEC, CFTC, DOJ and CFPB. The practice’s governmental relations expertise is further demonstrated by its recent work for a number of CEOs of prominent banks in helping them to prepare for congressional oversight hearings. Mark Filip is a former federal judge and offers deep experience in defending clients in government enforcement proceedings, while Sandra Goldstein and Zachary Brez are noted for their work in securities and M&A litigation. Goldstein and Brez are based in New York, while Filip works across the Chicago and Washington DC offices; Reginald Brown is another name to note in DC and further bolsters the firm’s expertise in regulatory enforcement proceedings.

    Key clients

    Blackstone

    Brookfield Asset Management

    The Carlyle Group

    Citigroup

    Goldman Sachs

    HGGC, LLC

    JP Morgan Chase & Co.

    Ovation Partners

    Owl Rock Capital Group

    Robert R. McCormick Foundation

    Robinhood Markets

    Transunion

    Wells Fargo

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

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP 's overarching litigation credentials and core ability to try bet-the-company disputes allows it to handle high-profile class actions/mass torts in the space. Indeed, it is this trial-ready-approach which is one of the firm’s main strengths, enabling it to secure early and successful settlement for clients through dispositive motions, as well as, should the need arise, in a jury trial. Mike Brock in Washington DC epitomizes the firm’s strength at trying cases, and is adept at representing pharma and life sciences companies, particularly in product liability and mass tort cases. New York-based Jay Lefkowitz  is also a key member of the team and has secured notable high-profile victories in the space at both a trial and appellate level, including before the Supreme Court.

    Key clients

    Allergan Plc

    Amneal Pharmaceuticals

    GlaxoSmithKline

    Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Torrent Private Limited and Torrent Pharma, Inc.

    Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is recurrently sought out by major investors in some of their most significant renewable energy transactions, including the acquisition and sale of renewable assets, and financing of alternative projects. Benefitting from a strong network of domestic offices with energy expertise across Texas, New York, California, and Washington D.C., the firm has advised on deals, especially M&A, involving cutting-edge technology in the energy transition segment. Andrew Calder in Houston jointly oversees the department with Rohit Chaudhry in Washington DC, the latter of whom is noted for representing private equity funds, developers, lenders and institutional investors in a plethora of transactions, including project finance, M&A and project restructurings. Roald Nashi is another contact in DC especially for private equity and infrastructure funds. Based in Houston, John Pitts concentrates in M&A, private equity and divestitures in the energy sector, which are also among Kristin Mendoza's areas of expertise. She is located in New York.

    Practice head(s):

    Key clients

    Apollo Global Management Inc.

    ArcLight Clean Transition Corp.

    Bluescape Energy Partners

    Brookfield Asset Management

    CleanCapital LLC

    Cypress Creek Renewables

    EQT Infrastructure

    Macquarie Capital

    KKR

    Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

    The Blackstone Group

    Trilantic Capital Partners

    True Green Capital

    Warburg Pincus LLC

    Work highlights

    • Assisted KKR with a combination of two related transactions by which KKR will invest approximately US$ 1.4bn in renewable energy assets.
    • Advised Apollo Global Management Inc. on the sale of its interest in Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (“AVSE II”).
    • Advised KKR in connection with the signing of definitive documentation to acquire the Thermal business of Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEN, CWEN.A), for total consideration of $1.9bn.

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

    A copyright-focused practice deeply embedded in the video gaming industry, the New York-based team Kirkland & Ellis LLP also handles matters pertaining to high-profile Broadway plays. Seasoned litigator Dale Cendali heads the team and outside the firm serves on the Council for the IP Section of the American Bar Association. She routinely works together with Joshua Simmons, an expert practitioner on the appellate and trial court stages. In recent highlights they have represented Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. on questions of copyright protection on individual dance-steps and tattoos in video games. Additionally recommended is Diana Torres from the firm’s Los Angeles office.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Key clients

    Association of American Publishers

    Epic Games, Inc.

    Fox News Network LLC

    J.K. Rowling

    Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

    Thomson Reuters

    International Trade > International trade Tier 4

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s work in this space straddles its international trade and national security practice and also its government, regulatory and international investigations group. As such, the firm’s focus on export controls, economic sanctions and national security spans an array of regulatory compliance, transactions, investigations and enforcement-related matters. In Washington DC, Ivan Schlager is widely revered as a leader for CFIUS reviews, and is often selected for this function even when the transactional work is handled elsewhere. Mario Mancuso, who operates between Washington DC and New York, handles CFIUS matters, export controls and economic sanctions and is a popular choice for private equity sponsors, as well as corporations and financial institutions. New York-based Zachary Brez advises on economic sanctions, export controls and anti-corruption issues. Chicago-based Nick Niles is also known for his experience with private equity clients.

    Key clients

    Arlington Capital Partners

    Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

    Cerberus Capital Management

    I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC

    Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 4

    James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP. Mandates taken on by James Hurst include patent, product liability, contract and trade secrets litigation, for which he has a strong track record. Historical matters include representing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and affiliates in a US District Court as part of a consolidated patent infringement action against 16 pharmaceutical companies and their affiliates. He has also handled multiple appeals before the US Supreme Court.Sandra Goldstein Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Renowned for her forté in securities and M&A litigation, New York based Sandra Goldstein has achieved more than 20 pretrial wins, including in a multi-billion dollar securities fraud class action lawsuit where she won a significant summary judgment. In an ongoing matter, Goldstein defended Constellation Brands and some of its subsidiaries in a case brought by Modelo de Mexico involving contract and trademark claims relating to the use of the Corona trademarks.Aaron MarksKirkland & Ellis LLPGregory Arovas Kirkland & Ellis LLPWilliam Pratt – Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the CFTC and FERC on natural gas and oil pipeline matters. Areas of expertise include enforcement investigations, pipeline shipper contracts and interconnection, along with the development of hydrogen and carbon capture technology, among others. The group has also advised clients on several issues arising from winter storm Uri. Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman are the key contacts in Washington DC.

    Key clients

    Gulfport Energy Corporation

    The Rise Fund

    Indigo Natural Resources

    Hilcorp Energy

    Investec Bank

    LyondellBasell

    Alta Resources Development

    Archaea Energy Inc. (formerly: Rice Acquisition Corporation)

    EQT Corporation

    Ultra Petroleum Corporation

    Basalt Infrastructure Partners

    Energy Transfer Partners

    Extraction Oil & Gas

    Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

     Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s ‘top-notch’ team advises on transactions and significant litigation. It is particularly known for its IP litigation practice, with partners Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Matt Rowen in Washington DC particularly regarded for their work on appellate litigations. It also acts on major product liability matters, with Lefkowitz advising GlaxoSmithKline, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals on multiple consolidated class actions related to the drug Zantac. Chicago-based James Hurst is recognized for his work on Supreme Court cases and New York-based Patricia Carson is a key patent strategy advisor.

    Testimonials

    ‘The Kirkland team has deep knowledge of the legal issues facing pharmaceutical developers, particularly in the litigation, product liability, and IP areas.’

    ‘Jay Lefkowitz and Matt Rowen are superior appellate litigators and have represented our industry association on critical litigation matters on behalf of the entire industry.’

    ‘The firm is staffed with top-notch lawyers who work well together and with their clients. We have had win-win secondment arrangements with the firm as well collaborations to develop and give a client exposure to diverse associates. They are also proactive in reaching out to discuss new regulatory or other developments that might impact the company.’

    Key clients

    Abbott Laboratories

    Abbvie Inc.

    Actavis Generics

    Akorn, Inc.

    Albertson Companies, Inc.

    Allergan plc

    Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. II

    Association for Accessible Medicines

    Barr Phamaceuticals

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

    CEDIPROF Inc.

    Cephalon Inc.

    Danaher Corp.

    Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    GlaxoSmithKline plc

    Hospira Inc.

    Impax Laboratories

    Lannett Co.

    Lupin Ltd.

    Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

    Teva Pharmaceuticals

    Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

    Upsher-Smith Laboratories LLC

    Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

    Experts in transactions with intangible assets as their core, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a go-to for financial services company Blackstone on investments into the music sector, but also handles matters pertaining to video games and content production. From Chicago, Seth Traxler leads investments into media companies and recently advised The Carlyle Group in their acquisition of British video game studio Jagex. In New York, Shellie Freedman employs her expertise in agreements centered around IP and technology. Rory Wellever, previously at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, joined the Chicago office in June 2021; a specialist in software-related cases, he has worked substantially on matters for Blackstone.

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    Key clients

    Blackstone

    Charter Communications

    DistroKid

    Fox Corporation

    Hello Sunshine

    Krafton

    Naver Corporation

    Nexstar Media Group

    SESAC Rights Management

    STX Filmworks

    Valence Media Partners

    Verizon

    Work highlights

    • Advised the collective of independent game development studios KRAFTON in its acquisition of Unknown Worlds, the creators of Subnautica.
    • Advised Blackstone on its partnership with Hipgnosis Song Management.
    • Advised Verizon on the sale of Verizon Media to funds managed by Apollo Global at $5bn.

    Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 5

    Industry focus > Insurance: non-contentious

    The insurance practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is primarily made up of New York practitioners Rajab Abbassi , whose expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and securities offerings, and Parimah Hassouri, who covers regulatory aspects of the practice.

    Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s healthcare practice is known for providing advice to major private equity clients on their acquisition of provider organisations. New York-based practice head Dennis Williams provides dedicated regulatory support.

    Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's track record includes the representation of General Motors (GM) in a putative class action, as well as 3,000 consolidated individual claims, which allege that GM and its suppliers conspired to install defeat device software in hundreds of thousands of trucks equipped with Duramax Diesel engines.

    Government > Government relations

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's congressional investigations practice is led by Reginald Brown. Representing international and domestic financial institutions, government contractors, CEOs, and public officials, the diverse bipartisan team has seen recent investigations include advising Robinhood Markets Inc in connection with the GameStop trading issues.

    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.

    Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced the launch of a Miami office in May 2022. The new office mirrors the strengths of the firm in M&A and private equity, with key partner Eduardo Leal having considerable experience in Latin America deals.

    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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    Henry DePippo photoMr Henry DePippoKirkland partner Henry DePippo spent six years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office…
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    David Fox photoMr David FoxDavid Fox was a member of Kirkland’s Global Executive Management Committee until…
    Shellie Freedman photoMs Shellie FreedmanShellie Freedman is a partner in Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions practice.…
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    Patrick Gallagher photoMr Patrick GallagherPatrick Gallagher advises on tax and structuring aspects of complex domestic and…
    Sandra Goldstein photoMs Sandra GoldsteinSandra has a broad practice, with a particular focus on securities, M&A…
    Scott Gordon photoMr Scott GordonScott is the leader of Kirkland’s Derivatives Practice and a senior member…
    Christopher Greco photoMr Christopher GrecoChris Greco represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, sponsors, boards of directors and…
    Leo Greenberg photoMr Leo GreenbergLeo Greenberg represents large and middle market buyout funds and their portfolio…
    Nicole Greenblatt photoMs Nicole GreenblattNicole represents debtors, creditors, equity holders and investors in all aspects of…
    Joshua Greenblatt photoMr Joshua GreenblattJoshua Greenblatt is a litigation partner in the New York office of…
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    David Grenker photoMr David GrenkerAs a tax partner in the New York office, David Grenker works…
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    Christopher Hartmann photoMr Christopher HartmannChris Hartmann is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in…
    Jeannie Heffernan photoMs Jeannie HeffernanJeannie Heffernan is an experienced trial lawyer focusing on patent and trademark…
    Jonathan Henes photoMr Jonathan HenesJonathan Henes has led some of the most complex restructurings in the…
    Stephen Hessler photoMr Stephen HesslerSteve Hessler represents debtors, creditors and investors in large and complex Chapter…
    Sophia Hudson photoMs Sophia HudsonSophia Hudson is a capital markets partner in the New York office…
    Melissa Hutson photoMs Melissa HutsonMelissa is a finance partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a…
    Christopher Jagoe photoMr Christopher JagoeChristopher Jagoe focuses his practice on patent litigation related to chemical, pharmaceutical…
    Sarkis Jebejian photoMr Sarkis JebejianSarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions,…
    Ian John photoMr Ian JohnIan advises clients and represents them before the antitrust enforcement authorities on…
    Jason Kanner photoMr Jason KannerJason represents top-tier private equity funds and corporate borrowers in connection with…
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    Michael Kim photoMr Michael KimMichael Kim has a broad transactional practice, including capital markets transactions, mergers…
    Joshua Kogan photoMr Joshua KoganJoshua Kogan is a corporate partner in the New York office of…
    Adam Kool photoMr Adam KoolAdam Kool is a tax partner in the New York office of…
    Joshua Korff photoMr Joshua KorffJosh Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies in connection with…
    Michael Krasnovsky photoMr Michael KrasnovskyMike Krasnovsky is a partner in the Firm’s tax department and a…
    Daniel Lavon-Krein photoMr Daniel Lavon-KreinDaniel Lavon-Krein, a senior partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, has championed…
    Edward Lee photoMr Edward LeeEdward J. Lee is a corporate partner in the New York office…
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    David Lenzi photoMr David LenziMr. Lenzi is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office, specializing…
    Joseph Loy photoMr Joseph LoyJoseph Loy is an intellectual property litigation partner whose practice includes patent,…
    David MacDonald photoMr David MacDonaldDavid MacDonald focuses on intellectual property, pharmaceutical and technology transactions, including joint…
    Aaron Marks photoMr Aaron MarksAaron Marks has a broad commercial litigation practice, which focuses on contractual…
    Peter Martelli photoMr Peter MartelliPeter is one of the leading members of Kirkland’s corporate practice and…
    Michael Masri photoMr Michael MasriMichael Masri is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland…
    Shaun Mathew photoMr Shaun MathewShaun is a corporate partner and a leader of Kirkland’s Shareholder Activism…
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    James McConnell photoMr James McConnellJames McConnell is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland’s New York office.…
    Peter McCormack photoMr Peter McCormackPeter McCormack is an Antitrust & Competition partner in Kirkland’s New York…
    Janette McMahan photoMs Janette McMahanJanette McMahan leads the asset finance and securitization group in Kirkland’s New…
    Kristin Mendoza photoMs Kristin MendozaKristin L. Mendoza is a corporate partner in the New York office…
    Jordan Murray photoMr Jordan MurrayJordan Murray, a partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, is widely recognized…
    Christian Nagler photoMr Christian NaglerChristian Nagler represents issuers, private equity sponsors, and underwriters in a broad…
    John O'Neil photoMr John O'NeilJohn is a globally recognized leader in the private equity field. He…
    Christine Okike photo Christine Okike
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    Alexander Pilmer photoMr Alexander PilmerDuring his more than 25 years of practice, Alex Pilmer has litigated…
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    Jay Ptashek photoMr Jay PtashekJay focuses on syndicated and direct lender senior secured and bridge loan…
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    Jonathan Schechter photoMr Jonathan SchechterJonathan Schechter advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to a…
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    Dean Shulman photoMr Dean ShulmanDean Shulman represents clients on a wide range of domestic and international…
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    Andrea Weintraub photoMs Andrea WeintraubAndrea Weintraub is a debt finance partner in the New York office…
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    Sarah Whyte photoMs Sarah WhyteSara Whyte represents investment banks, finance companies, asset managers and investors in…
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    Andrew Wright photoMr Andrew WrightAndrew L. Wright, P.C. is internationally recognized as one of the world’s…
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