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

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David Fox is a leading member of Kirkland’s corporate practice. He advises major companies and private equity firms on complex mergers and acquisitions including contested and cross-border transactions. He has been involved in many of the highest-profile deals of the last three decades. He also counsels senior management on crisis situations, activism defense and governance matters, and special committees on buyout proposals and strategic alternatives.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly advises public REITs on their largest and most significant M&A matters; the practice also routinely assists its clients and their boards of directors on governance issues, such as shareholder activism, takeover readiness and fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. Sarkis Jebejian led advice to commercial mortgage REIT Ladder Capital on an unsolicited $1.7bn acquisition proposal from Related Fund Management. Also highly rated are David Fox, Daniel WolfMichael Brueck, Scott BergerJonathan Schechter and tax specialist Michael Beinus, who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York. The partners named, unless otherwise stated, are in New York.

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

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP has cemented its formidable standing in strategic M&A, alongside its market leading position in private equity buyouts. It has built an impressive depth of experience in public M&A, cross-border transactions, contested deals, activist defense work and take-private transactions. The firm has pursued a fervent campaign to hire lateral partners in recent years, with M&A and securities specialist Sean Wheeler joining its Houston office in 2018, while private equity and M&A expert Jennifer Perkins moved to New York; both were partners at Latham & Watkins LLP. In addition, Michael WoronoffMonica Shilling, and Jonathan Benloulou joined the Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019, while insurance M&A specialist and ‘impressive technical expert‘ Rajab Abbassi joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. The team is ‘exceptionally dedicated‘, with ‘a deep understanding of commercial issues‘ and filled with ‘top-quality partners and associates‘ that combine to provide a ‘one-stop-shop service‘. It has ‘broad transactional experience, with deep knowledge of market precedent‘ and can ‘work seamlessly with numerous overseas counsel as well as the target’s counsel‘. The department advised Blackstone Group, as the controlling stockholder of Invitation Homes, on the company’s $11bn combination with Starwood Waypoint Homes. It also advised Akzo Nobel on the $12.5bn sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC. Moreover, it represented The Scripps Family, the controlling shareholders of Scripps Networks Interactive, on the $14.6bn sale of Scripps to Discovery Communications. David Fox is a seasoned professional with enormous big-ticket M&A experience. Daniel Wolf is another big name to note, while Sarkis Jebejian and Peter Martelli are also highly respected in the market. Jonathan Davis is another increasingly prominent partner; he and Eric Schiele are praised for providing ‘direct, pragmatic and useful advice‘. Houston partner David Castro is ‘extremely hardworking‘, ‘very knowledgeable‘ and has ‘deep experience in large transactions‘ in the oil and gas space. Houston’s Chris Heasley is ‘a rising star‘ along with Anthony Speier who has ‘great M&A and energy expertise‘. Partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Following publication of the 2019 guide, David Klein, who handles public and private M&A and private equity deals, joined the firm from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s David Fox, Daniel Wolf and Shaun Mathew (the last of whom joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP) recently advised Avis Budget Group on a co-operation agreement with SRS Investment Management, terminating a two-month proxy contest. Mathew and Eric Schiele, who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, acted for Wynn Resorts in connection with a contest initiated by company founder Steve Wynn’s ex-wife, who launched a withhold campaign against one director.  Other clients include The Vitamin Shoppe, which the team advised on agreements with Shah Capital Management and Vintage Capital Management.