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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Sarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism defense. Sarkis’s clients include Accenture, Avaya, Bain Capital, Eli Lilly, Fox Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Lazard, Moelis & Co., Nexstar Media, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, Tripadvisor and Vista Equity Partners.


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Columbia Law School, J.D.; Columbia College, B.A.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has an unsurpassed strength in defending clients against M&A challenges and advising on takeover preparedness—areas in which it also leverages the firm’s wider full-service excellence in corporate, private equity, and finance transactions. Of recent note, the group demonstrated an excellent ability to handle urgent issues arising in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent slump in stock pricing recorded globally. Among its many Covid-related highlights, the team has been assisting multiple large companies, including Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Avis Budget Group, with the adoption of poison pills; Daniel Wolf and Sarkis Jebejian are names to note in this segment of the market. In addition, a team led by Shaun Mathew and Edward Lee is engaged by transportation company Nikola Corporation to provide a response to claims against its senior management asserted by an activist seeking short selling profit. In May 2020, Lee joined the team from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an arrival which expanded to firm’s M&A offering to private equity firms and multinational companies. Eric Schiele is also noted for his recent work on proxy fights. All named practitioners are based in New York.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a full range of corporate and transactional matters for REITs, including M&A, tax and capital markets deals. Among its recent highlights, the team advised Taubman Centers on its merger agreement with Simon Properties and renegotiated that merger’s terms following pandemic-related grievances. The team has particular experience in corporate governance matters, regularly advising on shareholder activism, takeover readiness, fiduciary duties and disclosure issues. Key contacts in the team include New York-based Michael Brueck and Sarkis Jebejian, both of whom work across M&A, investment strategy and corporate governance. A contact in the Chicago office is Bruce Gelman, who has significant experience structuring funds and representing offshore investors.

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains a destination practice for high-profile M&A, advising a litany of blue-chip clients on large-scale transactions in a number of key industries. The firm has seen an uptick in tech transactions due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and notably closed the $7.3bn acquisition of Grubhub by JustEast, the first public M&A transaction since the pandemic began. Other notable transactions closed during 2020 include Bristol Myers Squibb’s $90bn acquisition of Celgene, and AbbVie’s $83bn purchase of Allergan. The practice fields a deep bench of market-leading names, including senior dealmaker David FoxDaniel Wolf, who led advice on the Grubhub deal; and Jonathan Davis, who maintained his profile as an up-and-coming lawyer. Eric Schiele has a strong record in public company M&A and governance work, including hostile takeover defense and work with special committees, and Sarkis Jebejian is also noted for his broad corporate practice, acting for notable clients including Lazard and Tripadvisor. In a major development, the practice was significantly strengthened by the arrivals of the widely respected Edward Lee from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & KatzIvan Schlager, who joined the Washington DC team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and most recently Rachael Coffey, who was previously at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Named lawyers are in New York unless stated otherwise.