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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Stefan has worked on a range of complex litigation matters in the United States and abroad, including securities suits, M&A litigation and antitrust actions. He also regularly counsels companies and their directors on issues of corporate governance and litigation, often in connection with major strategic transactions. His clients have included Barnes & Noble, H.J. Heinz, Mylan, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starwood Hotels, The Williams Companies and Xerox.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009, Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship (highest honor at graduation), Managing Editor, Michigan Law Review, Class Speaker, Order of the Coif; Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 2003, Captain, Harvard Rugby Football Club, President, Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

(Next Generation Partners)

Stefan AtkinsonKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents purchasers and sellers, and their boards of directors and financial advisers, in cases arising from challenged mergers, tender offers and leveraged buyout transactions. It has extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the US, as well as in Delaware Chancery Court. The firm’s key partners – Sandra GoldsteinYosef Riemer and Matthew Solum – are based in New York and are widely regarded as leading players in the market. Goldstein and up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson handled  derivative litigation in federal court in Delaware on behalf of Qualcomm Inc. Solum and Jay Lefkowitz are acting for buyers of Kindred Healthcare in a breach of fiduciary case. In Chicago, the key partners are Joshua Rabinovitz and Devon Largio, who are representing AbbVie in a case brought by five large hedge funds alleging fraud connected to the failed $55bn merger between AbbVie and Shire plc. In Los Angeles, Mark Holscher , who handled Computer Sciences Corporation v Eric Pulier, et al. in Delaware for Eric Pulier, is the standout partner.