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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Josh Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies in connection with all forms of capital markets transactions. With a focus primarily on high-yield and acquisition finance, initial public offerings, and complex restructuring matters, Josh shepherds multi-million-dollar deals for Kirkland clients in a broad spectrum of industries. Lauded by The Legal 500 U.S. as “a leader in his field,” he is often ranked first in the United States for IPO Issuer’s Lawyers by IPO Vital Signs.

Clients turn to Josh for his ability to manage challenging transactions that contain a high degree of complexity and uncertainty. They say they appreciate his efficiency and ability to take a complicated situation, translate it into understandable terms and business principles, and advise them on proceeding wisely to achieve their goals. A sharp intellect, strong work ethic, practicality, market knowledge, and top-notch communication skills combined with a unique access to valuable resources make Josh an integral part of an exceptionally capable and results-oriented finance arena legal team.

Josh’s experience negotiating very favorable terms in financing documents helps assuage private equity clients’ concerns about achieving optimal returns on their investments as they execute complicated transactions. He also brings these skills to bear for public companies while simultaneously guiding them through the tricky and ever-evolving compliance landscape that must be negotiated because of the heavier regulations governing their conduct, such as Securities Exchange Commission and Stock Exchange rules and liability laws. For restructuring clients, Josh contributes a deep understanding of the various players, deal structures and commercial drivers that could help craft a creative and cost-effective strategy for their companies, whether it’s an overhaul of the balance sheet or a liquidation or bankruptcy filing.

Among Josh’s many accolades and honors are his selection to the 2011–2021 editions of Chambers Global, 2007 and 2010-2020 editions of Chambers USA, the 2010–2020 editions of The Legal 500 U.S., the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Legal, the 2007 and 2010–2020 editions of New York Super Lawyers, and the 2008–2009, 2011–2012 and 2018–2021 editions of IFLR1000. Additionally, he was named a 2014 Capital Markets MVP by Law360.


Dartmouth College (A.B., 1990); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1993).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

(Hall of Fame)

Joshua KorffKirkland & Ellis LLP

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

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

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

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

(Leading lawyers)

Joshua KorffKirkland & Ellis LLP

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