Mr Joshua Korff > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
Joshua Korff photo


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: high-yield debt offerings

(Leading lawyers)

Joshua KorffKirkland & Ellis LLP

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.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

(Hall of Fame)

Joshua KorffKirkland & Ellis LLP

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.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

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.