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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Matthew Solum is a senior litigation partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Having tried more than twenty cases to decision, he handles all manner of high stakes disputes, including securities, M&A and complex commercial matters. Matt has tried and litigated cases in state and federal courts across the United States and before arbitration tribunals throughout the world. His clients have included ABM Industries, The Blackstone Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chipotle, Frontier Communications, Sycamore Partners, Teva Pharmaceuticals, TPG Capital, Vista Equity Partners and Wynn Resorts.


Matt has been recognized by numerous professional publications. In Chambers, clients praise him as “very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with,” noting that “when you deal with him, you feel that he is very focused on your case.” Matt has also been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for his M&A litigation work by The Legal 500. According to Law360, Matt has “built a sterling reputation as a go-to closer for companies in fending off large shareholder class actions and other litigation.”

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

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Matthew SolumKirkland & Ellis LLP

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