Firm Profile > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Los Angeles, United States

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
333 SOUTH HOPE STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90017
United States

Capital markets: high-yield Tier 1

Corporate powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to increase its share of high-yield debt transactions. The issuer-focused practice now ranks second in the country by annual deal value for high-yield deals and it attracts many of the headline multibillion-dollar offerings that come to market. The group’s ability to link up with the wider firm’s premier private equity practice is a significant asset in this space, while its broad institutional client base ensures it is experienced across a comprehensive range of industry sectors. New York-based Joshua Korff is widely acknowledged as a leading light and primarily represents private equity sponsors and public companies on on high-yield deals. New York’s Richard Aftanas focuses on advising issuers on a mix of public and private finance transactions, including high-yield offerings. In Los Angeles, Philippa Bond regularly acts for a broad mix of issuers, sponsors and underwriters in capital markets matters. Additional contacts include Christian Nagler and Sophia Hudson in New York as well as Chicago-based James Rowe.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Korff

Key clients

Allied Universal

Ares Management L.P.

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

Avis Budget Group

CDW Corporation

Charter Communications, Inc.

Clear Channel Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

iHeart Communications, Inc.

Frontier Communications Corporation

GrubHub Inc.

Huntsman International LLC

Inmarsat

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Reverence Capital Partners, L.P.

Advisor Group Holdings, Inc.

Sycamore Partners Management, LLC

Staples, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation

The Kraft Heinz Company

Univar, Inc.

Whirlpool Corporation

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP defends clients against antitrust claims asserted by competitors, direct purchasers and consumer classes alike. The matter portfolio ranges from alleged cartel, monopolization, unfair competition and price discrimination violations to pricing disputes and issues related to intellectual property. In Chicago, James Mutchnik is often retained to defend alleged price-fixing and monopolization. Daniel Laytin works at the same office and adds Robinson-Patman Act challenges to the team's offering. Cementing the team's strength in Chicago, Barack Echols is particularly adept at handling price-discrimination suits, consumer fraud matters and contract disputes. Yet another Chicago-based partner, Christa Cottrell is also active in antitrust trials and litigation, for instance for healthcare clients. In November 2019, the firm was joined by a trio from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP: Richard Cunningham in Washington DC, Olivia Adendorff in Dallas, and Sean Royall who splits his time between both aforementioned locations to strengthen the team in Texas.

Key clients

ABB Optical Group

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc.

BCBSA

Citadel LLC

Clemens Food Group

EVA Airways Corporation

Geo Specialty Chemicals

Henry Schein

Hitachi, Inc.

Impax Laboratories

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals

Sanderson Farms

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Jeld-Wen

Copyright Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of copyright disputes in the areas of video games, software and social media. Recent examples of the firm's standing in that space included New York-based practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons advising Epic Games on the many cases surrounding its video game Fortnite brought by actors, rappers and YouTubers alleging particular incidences of infringement within the game. Cendali and Simmons also represented Oracle in a potentially precedent-setting dispute against Google before the Supreme Court, where the client alleged that Google's Android platform infringed upon its Java platform. Another key figure in the team is Los Angeles-based Diana Torres, who acted for Cadence Design Systems in a licensing and copyright case against Skyworth Digital Holdings. Also recommended is Claudia Ray in New York, who focuses on issues relating to online music services.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games

Fox News Network

IBM Corporation

Lucky Brand

Nike

Oracle Corporation

Medidata Solutions

Stage Entertainment USA

Take-Two Interactive Software

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice handles some of the largest M&A transactions in the oil and gas and energy sectors, with Alexandra Mihalas and Matthew Antinossi, both based in Chicago, and New York-based Scott Price frequently advising publicly-traded and private corporations on multibillion-dollar deals. Owing to the firm’s high-profile restructuring and bankruptcy practice, the team regularly advises on the benefit plan issues of corporate restructuring and liquidation processes. Michael Falk’s expertise encompasses equity, incentive and deferred compensation plan arrangements, particularly in respect to complex tax considerations under the 409A and 280G codes. A number of key financial institutions and REITs retain the team for ERISA fiduciary guidance on pension plan asset investment. Healthcare, life sciences and technology are also sectors of focus.

Practice head(s):

Michael Falk; Scott Price

Testimonials

Always available and very focused.

Michael Falk is fantastic.  By far the best attorney I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my 30-year career.  He responsive, creative, intelligent and it was a pleasure to work with him.

Key clients

Sycamore Partners

Federal Street Acquisition Corp.

Dispatch Broadcast Group and the Dispatch Printing Company

H.I.G. Capital

iHeartMedia, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Hilcorp Energy and Harvest Midstream

Callon Petroleum

GLP

Colfax Corporation

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Combining market-leading private equity, capital markets, project finance and restructuring practice area strength with a heightened focus on mandates within the energy sector (precipitated by the opening of the firm's office in Houston in 2014), Kirkland & Ellis LLP has successfully positioned itself as one of the leaders within the conventional power space. On the M&A front, the team is best-known for its work on behalf of private equity sponsors and infrastructure funds on buy and sell-side mandates throughout the value chain, including as it relates to the power and transmission, infrastructure and utilities sectors. The 'excellent' Houston-based partner Andrew Calder excels in handling corporate transactional and corporate governance mandates within the conventional power space. Calder heads up a team that also includes Rhett Van Syoc - whose wide-ranging energy and natural resources corporate practice includes a significant amount of private equity-driven domestic and international M&A within the power generation space. On the finance side, the 'fantastic' Washington DC-based partner Rohit Chaudhry regularly advises lenders on power-related project development and acquisition finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Mendoza; Rohit Chaudhry; Rhett Van Syoc; Kim Hicks

Testimonials

Rohit Chaudhry is fantastic.

Andrew Calder has an excellent reputation.

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

ArcLight Capital Partners

Cleco Corporate Holdings

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

GenOn Energy, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Nomura Securities International, Inc.

NRG Wholesale Generation

Sithe Global Power

The Blackstone Group

True Green Capital Management

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

Led from Houston by Anthony Speier and Andrew Calder, and also benefiting from a significant number of oil and gas focused transactional lawyers operating out of the firm's nascent Dallas office, the 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues its upward trajectory in the sector, with clients benefiting not only from the firm's longstanding M&A and finance expertise but also considerable sector knowledge. Although it is active across the value chain, the team is perhaps best-known for its upstream offering and has been involved in a significant amount of the recent  consolidation in the space, including its recent work for petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company Newfield Exploration on its $7.7bn merger with Encana Corporation. The firm is also able to leverage its longstanding private equity ties with heavy-hitters including KKR and the Carlyle Group which have seized on the relatively recent downturn in the sector to purchase assets at a discount with a view to realizing significant value through divestments in the years to come. 'Knowledgeable, responsive and business-oriented' partner David Castro has a flourishing reputation for M&A and capital works in the sector on behalf of public companies and private equity firms and is a key member of the team that also includes Sean WheelerWilliam Benitez and 'seasoned professional' Lindsey Jaquillard. All practitioners named are based out of Houston.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder; Anthony Speier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Seasoned professionals with significant expertise across a variety of complicated situations, who are also hyper-responsive to client needs.

Very knowledgeable of current industry trends and deal complexities.

The energy transaction team has the most sophisticated practice in town, they are able to handle any deal and always add a tremendous amount of value.

The knowledgeable, responsive and business-oriented David Castro is probably the best lawyer in town when you take knowledge, responsiveness, business sense and demeanor all into account.

Rahul Vashi is top notch and is very strong on understanding complex oil and gas matters.

Key clients

The Blackstone Group

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

The Carlyle Group

Warburg Pincus

Bain Capital Credit

Quantum Energy Partners

NGP Energy Capital Management

EIG Global Energy Partners

Bayou City Energy Management

Bison Oil & Gas

Carnelian Energy Capital Management

Siguler Guff & Company

Ares Management

Ascent Resources

Development Capital Resources

Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

Falcon Mineral Corporation

Haymaker Minerals & Royalties

Indigo Natural Resources

Vine Oil & Gas

Vanguard Natural Resources

GSO Capital Partners

Ensign Natural Resources

Fleur de Lis Energy

Harvest Oil and Gas Corporation

HG Energy

IOG Resources

Mach Resources

Maverick Natural Resources

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.

Red Wolf Natural Resources

Riviera Resources, Inc.

Roxo Energy Company

Royal Resources Partners

Venado Oil & Gas

Amplify Energy Corporation

Cobalt International Energy

Newfield Exploration Company

Environment: transactional Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides comprehensive environmental law advice throughout the entire life-cycle of a transaction. Supporting the firm's prolific corporate practice, the team has extensive experience of environmental due diligence, as well as the risk allocation and mitigation issues arising from high-value transactions. Other areas of activity include representing clients in the negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and in the enforcement of indemnity claims. The global environment practice is led by Paul Tanaka in San Francisco and Houston. Alexandra Farmer divides her time between the Houston and Washington DC offices, and is rated for her experience of transactions in the power, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors. The environment team is also experienced in high-profile bankruptcy and restructuring matters, an area where Jonathan Kidwell is a key contact. Kidwell, who divides his time between Dallas and DC, also has experienced in M&A, financing transactions and real estate deals. Also recommended is Jennie Morawetz. Based in the DC office, Morawetz advises private equity investors and public companies on issues such as ESG due diligence. Brian Land moved into an of counsel role in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tanaka

Other key lawyers:

Brian Land; Alexandra Farmer; Jonathan Kidwell; Jennie Morawetz; Stefanie Gitler; Toby Chun; Sara Michaelchuk Webber; Jeanne Cohn-Connor

Key clients

Advent International

American Securities

Arsenal Capital Partners

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

Energy Future Holdings Corp

Fortive Corporation

Frontenac Company/AH Harris & Sons

Gryphon Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

PPC Partners

Savage Industries

Spectrum Brands Holdings

Sycamore Partners

The Blackstone Group

The Carlyle Group

Tronox

Warburg Pincus

General commercial disputes Tier 1

Frequently involved in high-value, complex litigation with industry-wide repercussions, Kirkland & Ellis LLP distinguishes itself through its highly respected courtroom advocacy, and the breadth and depth of its practice. The team has particular strength in the pharmaceutical sector, alongside deep expertise in manufacturing and tech. Recently, James Hurst, Diana Watral and New York-based Patricia Carson won a unanimous defense verdict for Bristol-Myers Squibb in a 12-day trade secrets jury trial worth $600m over a cancer drug in Delaware state court. In another major highlight, Craig Primis and Erin Johnston from the DC office are representing Boeing in a trade secrets case claiming $100m in damages in the Northern District of Alabama. A key generalist lawyer working across industries is Andrew Kassof. The firm made a number of significant hires in 2019, among them former Attorney General of Illinois Lisa Madigan, and a team of three leading privacy lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in the DC and Dallas offices: Olivia Adendorff, Richard Cunningham and Sean Royall. All lawyers are Chicago-based unless otherwise stated.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Godfrey; James Hurst; Mark Holscher; Mike Brock; Andrew Kassof; Eugene Assaf; Sandra Goldstein; Stefan Atkinson; Craig Primis; Erin Johnston; Aaron Marks; Matthew Solum; Carrie Bodner; Mark Filip; Diana Watral; Patricia Carson; Andrew Bloomer; Atif Khawaja; Kristin Rose; Donna Welch

Testimonials

Deep bench in general commercial, securities and IP litigation. Very business minded and eager to understand client’s business objectives and settling lawsuits, if possible. Excellent technical and legal capabilities in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.’

Gene Assaf is smart, practical and focused on business solutions in the context of dispute resolution. Gregg LoCascio is an excellent intellectual property litigator with keen knowledge of the law balanced by alignment with his client on business goals. There is a strong bench of litigation associates, including many Supreme and Federal Appellate Court clerks with keen sense of the law who are superb writers.’

We go to Kirkland when we need aggressive litigators who will be our fierce advocates.’

Michael Williams is very tenacious. Peter Farrell is very smart and practical.

Key clients

3M

Abbott Laboratories

Accenture

Aecom

Barnes & Noble

BASF

BP America

BMS

Coach

Eric Pulier

GM

Henkel

HIG

Lionbridge

Honeywell

J. Crew

Johnson & Johnson

Parthenon

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

PetroStar Services

Polaris

PwC

Rio Tinto

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Cantigny Foundation

Starwood Hotels

Syngenta

Blackstone

Boeing

Total USA

U.S. Soccer Federation, Board of Directors

United Airlines

International tax Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides comprehensive tax advice to its top-tier corporate and private equity client base. The practice group is jointly led by Todd Maynes in Chicago and Dean Shulman in New York. Shulman has an active transactional practice, while Maynes focuses his practice on the tax aspects of debt restructuring, bankruptcy, and tax litigation. Another key figure is Adam Kool in New York, who has acted alongside Shulman in a number of multibillion-dollar deals over the past year, including Danaher Corporation's $21bn agreement to acquire GE Life Sciences' biopharma division. Contacts in the Chicago office include Lee Morlock and Mike Carew, who handled several high-value transactions for Bain Capital, among others. The firm has made some significant tax hires in several of its offices worldwide, including in London and Hong Kong. In the US, Anne Kim joined the Los Angeles office from Proskauer Rose LLPSehj Vather joined from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, and Joel Peters-Fransen joined in San Francisco from Cargill.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AbbVie

Amcor

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

El-Ad Group

General Motors

GLP

GlaxoSmithKline

Neiman Marcus

Newfield Exploration Co.

Rowan Capital

Summit

Sycamore Partners

Toys “R” Us

TPG

Tronox

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents purchasers and sellers, as well as their boards of directors and financial advisors, in connection with challenged mergers, tender offers and leveraged buyout transactions. The firm has extensive experience in Delaware Chancery Court, as well as state and federal courts throughout the US, and is called upon by its broad corporate and private equity client base to handle high-stakes matters. Its recent work includes appraisal cases, activist investor litigation and derivative cases related to large M&A transactions. It has an exceptionally strong bench in New York, where practice heads Sandra Goldstein and Matthew Solum, as well as key partner Yosef Riemer, stand out. Goldstein, who has 30 years' experience, frequently argues as lead courtroom counsel in both high-profile M&A and securities litigation. Solum has an enviable record of securing dismissals in deal-related cases over the past 20 years. Up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson continues to secure notable wins for high-profile clients such as Rupert Murdoch, his sons, and other officers and directors of Twenty-First Century Fox.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Matthew Solum

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Yosef Riemer is a leader in corporate litigation, particularly with fiduciary duty and appraisal claims. Both he and Matt Solum are experts in the space and effectively have guided us to successful outcomes. They have a case management style that makes it easy for in-house counsel to manage a matter without having it consume the day-to-day.

Key clients

AbbVie, Inc.

Amcor Ltd.

Bemis Company

ArcLight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Callon Petroleum Company

Eric Pulier

EQT Corporation

H.I.G. Capital Management

J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Micro Focus International plc

Newfield Exploration Company

Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Cantigny Foundation

Rowan Companies plc

Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, James Murdoch and Fox Corporation

Thoma Bravo

TPG Capital

U.S. Silica Company

Vista Equity Partners

The Vitamin Shoppe

Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a broad transactional practice, acting as lead counsel in public M&A, large-scale and cross-border joint ventures, and contested transactions. Clients of note include Bristol Myers-Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and General Motors. Bristol Myers-Squibb in particular provided a key mandate for the practice in the form of its $90bn acquisition of Celgene, a significant transaction within the pharmaceuticals sector led by established 'outstanding practitioners' Daniel Wolf, David Fox, and Jonathan Davis. The team is also active in transactions in the logistics, healthcare, shipping, and manufacturing industries. The firm's US-wide platform is aided further by strong global connectivity with offices in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, enabling it to access 'great expertise' from a variety of sources in complex cross-border transactions. The 'exceptional' Eric Schiele is also highly recommended by clients, while Houston-based David Castro and Christopher Heasley are noted for their work in energy sector transactions. All lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Testimonials

The team provides great expertise, depth and breadth.

Eric Schiele and Megan Spelman are exceptional deal and corporate lawyers. They are practical, very sharp, and a pleasure to work with. Melissa Hutson is very knowledgeable and has great experience.

K&E’s practice has all the qualities of a larger more established firm, with the better service ethic and attention to detail that you tend to find in the smaller, more mid sized firms, with open selection of specialists that know their materials and deliver balanced advice.

We have worked with Jonathan Davis, Eric Schiele and David Fox for several years now and see them each as outstanding M&A practitioners and together as an outstanding M&A team, delivering well stated advice with a positive commercial angle and excellent negotiation skills.

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb

AbbVie

Danaher

GLP

WellCare

GSK

Infineon

Amcor

Travelport

General Motors

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP impresses with its successful track record before all major patent litigation venues in the US, including the PTAB and the ITC. The practice stands out through its commitment to preparing every case for trial, drawing on its excellent bench of senior and junior litigators with experience in a wide spread of technologies thanks to a team consisting to three quarters of practitioners with a science or engineering background. Major domestic and, increasingly, international clients entrust their complex high-stakes disputes to the team, including several pharma giants, global telecommunications and consumer product companies, blue chip technology and electronics players as well as food and beverage multinationals. Gregory ArovasJeanne Heffernan, Todd FriedmanJoseph LoyJames McConnell and Robert Appleby in New York, Adam Alper in San Francisco, Michael De Vries in Los Angeles, John O’Quinn and Jason Wilcox in Washington DC and Chicago trio Amanda Hollis, James Hurst and Gianni Cutri are key names in the practice. In Ellisen Shelton Turner, who arrived from Irell & Manella LLP in September 2019, the firm gained one of the country's finest patent and trade secret litigators. In summer 2019, Sarah Piepmeier joined Perkins Coie LLP and Kenneth Adamo left to open an independent practice.

Testimonials

Kirkland Ellis has proved itself to be among the very best of the firms we use at providing quality analysis and writing as well as exceptional legal strategy.  They always meet deadlines in a timely fashion, and their analysis and research is always extremely well thought out.

Many of the partners are among the best in the industry. They are both tactical and strategic – and deliver impeccable work product.

Reactivity and communication is excellent.

One of the highest quality teams of IP professionals at all levels.

‘Jeannie Heffernan provides great value both as a case manager and as an individual lawyer.  As a case manager, Mrs. Heffernan is especially effective at managing complex issues and directing her teams appropriately to ensure that everything is handled timely and correctly.  As an individual lawyer, Mrs. Heffernan’s analytical skills and work ethic are top notch.  Mrs. Heffernan is as involved in her cases as any other member of the team, rolling up her sleeves so to speak on both the factual and legal issues.

I’ve never known Gianni Cutri to raise an issue without also presenting a well thought out solution. Mr. Cutri is also an excellent writer.  This is one of the key skills I look for in any outside counsel.  His briefs are concise, convincing, and clear, requiring little more than review and approval.  Mr. Cutri is also prompt and responsive.  He delivers drafts of work product well before they are due with plenty of time for review and comment.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

AbbVie Inc.

AECOM Energy & Construction, Inc.

Allstate

AT&T Services, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Charter Communications, Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Dollar Shave Club

Dyson Inc.

Equinox Holdings, Inc.

Heineken International B.V.

Hospira, Inc.

IBM Corporation

Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Kapsch TrafficCom North America

Lidl US, LLC

LivePerson, Inc.

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Orthopaedic Hospital

Pindrop Security, Inc.

Raytheon Company

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sandoz, Inc.

Schlumberger Limited & Schlumberger Technology

Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless America, Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

Syngenta Seeds, LLC

Telular Corporation

Teva Pharmaceuticals North America

The Chamberlain Group, Inc.

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP impresses with a string of successful and historic representations in ITC investigations, such as obtaining the first ever temporary exclusion order, acting in the largest ITC investigation to date and securing multiple precedent-setting rules. Under the lead of key practitioners Gregory Arovas in New York and Paul Brinkman in Washington DC, the group continues to attract a varied high-profile caseload, including ITC investigations themselves, but also appeal proceedings and the enforcement of exclusion orders with US Customs and Border Protection, all in addition to the firm's excellent track record in district court and PTAB litigation. Patent and trade secret litigator Ellisen Shelton Turner joined the firm from Irell & Manella LLP in October 2019. Sarah Piepmeier joined Perkins Coie LLP in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Arovas; Paul Brinkman

Other key lawyers:

Adam Alper; Michael De Vries; Helena Kiepura; Joseph Loy; Nathan Mammen

Key clients

BASF Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Heineken International B.V.

IBM

Kapsch TrafficCom/EZPass

MediaTek Inc.

Motorola Solutions

Nike/Converse, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Corp.

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's 'world class team' has consolidated its position at the top of the field, continuing long-term relationships with top funds and private equity houses including Blackstone, Bain, KKR, and Ares Management. The firm also works with growth clients engaged in a wide range of industries, with a consistent flow of deals ranging from the bulge bracket to the middle-market. The practice group has continued to attract lateral hires, most recently including arrivals of key partners from Proskauer Rose LLPMichael WoronoffMonica ShillingJonathan Benloulou, and Chris Wu all joined the Los Angeles office. Chicago partner and new firm chairman Jon Ballis continues to work closely with the firm's major clients, as does New York's Eunu Chun, who regularly represents Bain, Warburg Pincus, and Apax Partners. Peter Martelli has also received strong reviews for his work on complex high-cap transactions, most notably Blackstone's $11bn acquisition of Ultimate Software.

Testimonials

World class team. Very deep group and the team is very commercial and good at helping to find wins / win outcomes instead of creating deal issues.

Corey Fox is the best lawyer in the USA! Works around the clock. Very approachable … other side quickly trusts him which helps get deals done more quickly and without painful negotiations. He’s like a member of our deal team but he knows how to write a contract.

Available 24/7. Very commercial, never run into issues with counterparties. Pro-active, always have answers to my questions as they have anticipated what I am going to ask.

The partners at K&E are not just good lawyers – they are very commercial and are good business advisors. I like to think of my partner there as a real partner/ consiglieri, not just my attorney.

Key clients

Apax Partners

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

BC Partners

The Blackstone Group

Cerberus Capital Management

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

KKR

Sun Capital Partners

Thoma Bravo

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers a global service to its stable of major private equity sponsors, representing the likes of Thoma Bravo and Warburg Pincus in the formation of ultra-high-value funds with targets in a variety of industries. The team has extensive sector expertise, allowing it to support clients in the formation and management of private credit, real estate, infrastructure, and distressed credit funds, to name a few. The firm also supports emerging managers in the formation of new funds and private equity firms, providing continuous advice up to launch and beyond. Practice head John O’Neil is a global authority on fund strategies and operational issues, including spin-outs and succession planning. Andrew Wright specializes in the formation of multibillion-dollar funds, while Erica Berthou has significant expertise in emerging markets and strategic investments. Katrina Rowe has a growing profile in this space, working with major institutional and private sponsors on a variety of fund strategies and formats. Chicago-based Bruce Ettelson has over 30 years' experience in advising major firms on fund formation. Also in the Chicago office is Katie St. Peters, who advises sponsors on a range of management and operational issues. All lawyers are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

John O’Neil

Key clients

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Thoma Bravo

Landmark Partners

KPS Capital Partners

Veritas Capital

Summit Capital Partners

GSO Capital

TPG Real Estate

Littlejohn & Co.

Arsenal Capital Partners

SK Capital Partners

Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Recognized for its involvement in high-stakes disputes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP routinely acts for pharmaceutical and manufacturing clients in multi-district litigation, class actions, defect investigations, and environmental issues. Key figures in the Chicago office include Andrew McGaan, who has particular experience representing chemical manufacturers, and Richard Godfrey, who focuses on class actions, mass torts, and multi-district commercial and product liability disputes. Also recommended is Washington DC-based Mike Brock, who is currently acting for BP in ongoing multi-district litigation arising out of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, fire, and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BASF Catalysts

BP America

The Dow Chemical Company

Rio Tinto

Real estate Tier 1

A leader in the US market, the 'hardworking, responsive and engaging' team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently acted for global investment manager GLP in the $18.7bn sale of its US logistics business to Blackstone. The transaction included the transfer of more than 1,300 logistics properties and serves as a prime example of the firm's ability to handle hugely complex acquisitions and dispositions of high-value portfolios and single assets. Additional areas of expertise include co-investments, development transactions, joint ventures, private equity fund formations and management agreements. In terms of clients, the team acts for numerous investor clients, such as sovereign wealth funds and pension organizations, but is also counsel to a number of bank lenders and developers in large financing transactions. Key figures in the practice group include Scott Berger and Jonathan Schechter in New York, Andrew Small and Daniel Perlman in Chicago, and Kevin Ehrhart, who is based in the firm's Los Angeles office. Christopher Hartmann is another name to note in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Scott Berger; Daniel Perlman; Kevin Ehrhart; Jonathan Schechter; Andrew Small

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Hanna; Rachel Brown

Testimonials

‘The team is hard-working, responsive, engaging and thoughtful. Seasoned and very strategic when dealing with the real estate pieces of larger transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions. Able to manage the entire process, regardless of level of complication, from evaluation, negotiation to closing. Ability to handle particularly complicated deals sets them apart from other firms I have worked with.’

‘Market knowledge is very helpful.’

‘Knowledge, work ethic and accessibility.’

‘The team is very in tune with the US real estate market and is able to bring deals to fruition quickly by cutting through the nonsense that other counsel often imposes as an impediment. They know what is important in a deal and what is not worth spending cycles on.’

‘We work primarily with John Goldman who is an excellent lawyer. He is not afraid to give his insights or opinions on a deal and will be candid about potential outcomes. His approach to deal work is extremely pragmatic and he is a true expert in the area of real estate law. John is capable of distilling down complex issues so that they are easy to understand and resolve. He is also very even-keel and focused and it is hard to deter him from coming to an amicable resolution for all parties involved.’

Key clients

GLP

Starwood Capital Group

Atrium Hotels

Equity Lifestyle Properties

Core Spaces

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

KKR & Co.

Lennar Corporation

AustralianSuper

Oak Street Real Estate Capital

TPG Real Estate Partners

Coretrust Capital Partners

Nuveen Real Estate

GID

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST Industry Super)

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

With one of the largest restructuring groups worldwide, Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains the go-to practice for both distressed companies and creditors. Its global reach comes on the back of a consolidated domestic presence (with main offices in New York and Chicago) and major international practices in London, Munich, and Hong Kong. The team shows widespread experience not only in different types of Chapter 11 (in the retail, energy, media, apparel and mining sectors), but also debt finance, tax, real estate, and litigation. Edward Sassower and James Sprayregen coordinate the substantial team, which includes Jonathan Henes (who has strengths in advising on legacy, environment, and pension liabilities of distressed companies), Anup Sathy (who worked for companies and investors in relation to some of the most relevant cases of the year), and consumer and retail expert Joshua Sussberg.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sassower; James Sprayregen

Testimonials

‘The team is a uniquely valuable combination of very senior leaders in conjunction with superb day to day execution attorneys’

‘Edward Sassower and Josh Sussberg are as good as it gets in the bankruptcy area’

‘They are lawyers who understand business, are highly personable, and committed to their craft’

Key clients

Aegean Marine Petroleum Networks

Agrokor d.d.

American Tire Distributors

Barneys New York

Blackhawk Mining

EXCO Resources

Forever 21

FullBeauty Brands Holdings Corp

iHeartMedia

Jones Energy

Nine West Holdings

Noble Group Limited

Parker Drilling Company

PetSmart

Sheridan Investment Partners

Sungard AS Capital

Toys ‘R’ Us

Vanguard Natural Resources

Westmoreland Coal Company

Windstream Holdings

Technology transactions Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles joint ventures, IT outsourcing, licensing agreements and prominent M&A-related technology transactions for clients from the private equity, aviation, pharmaceutical, telecoms and fashion sectors. Recent highlights for the team included advising GlaxoSmithKline on its agreement with Pfizer to combine consumer health businesses into a new joint venture. Key names include patents expert Neil Hirshman; Seth Traxler, who is noted for his experience in handling matters involving technology assets; and Palo Alto-based Vladimir Khodosh, who is very experienced in advising on software licensing mandates. Also recommended are Matthew Colman, Aaron Lorber, Adam Petravicius and New York-based Shellie Weisfield Freedman. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Key clients

Avaya Holdings

BC Partners

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eos Energy Storage

Francisco Partners

General Motors

GI Partners

GlaxoSmithKline

Le Tote

Neiman Marcus Group

Samumed

Spectrum Brands Holdings

The Boeing Company

Vista Equity Partners

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's trade secrets practice is led by Dale Cendali in New York, and Craig Primis and Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC. The firm is active for clients in a huge range of sectors, including technology, weapons manufacturing, electric vehicles, and pharmaceuticals. Cendali is a highly regarded intellectual property lawyer and acts for multinational clients in trade secrets matters; she has argued before the US Supreme Court, and also serves as an adjunct professor at Harvard. LoCascio, a trained engineer, is noted for his work in cases involving technology. Also recommended is Joshua Simmons, a trial court and appellate litigator with broad-base expertise in IP litigation, including trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali; Craig Primis; Gregg LoCascio

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Simmons; Claudia Ray; Joseph Loy; Christopher Mizzo; Diana Torres; Adam Alper; Michael De Vries

Key clients

Dollar Shave Club

EVelozcity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Honeywell International

The Boeing Company

Medidata Solutions

Avaya

FTI Consulting

Raytheon

Zoox

Motorola Solutions

LivePerson

MercuryGate International

The Chamberlain Group

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's tax group had an impressive 2019, having been involved in more than one of the largest M&A of the year, including advising AbbVie on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Allergan. The transaction was jointly led from New York by practice co-head Dean Shulman, who has expertise in tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts and IPOs, in addition to public M&A; and by Adam Kool and Sara Zablotney, both of whom have broad tax practices spanning complex corporate and funds transactions, securities offerings and debt restructuring. Looking to the firm's Chicago office, department co-head Todd Maynes is a key contact for tax matters related to debt restructuring and bankruptcy, Gregory Gallagher routinely handles tax planning and structuring matters in the context of corporate transactions, and Mike Carew focuses on the tax aspects of private equity buyouts and investment deals.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Testimonials

‘Strong technical expertise with attention to detail.’

‘The individuals that I worked with stood out because they had good practical knowledge and advice for unique situations.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Amcor

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline

GLP Pte

iHeartMedia

Madison Dearborn Partners

Newfield Exploration

Rowan Companies

Summit Partners

TPG

Tenneco

Toys “R” Us

Tronox

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

WellCare Health Plans

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP' advertising team includes several attorneys with technical backgrounds, and as such the firm is in demand for cases involving the substantiation and testing of complex marketing claims.  Chicago-based Ross Weisman chairs the advertising group, with a practice including Lanham Act cases, and NAD and NARB work. Other key figures in the practice are Gregg LoCascio , who maintains a substantial advertising practice from the Washington D.C. office, and Chicago-based Robin McCue. The firm also defends clients in consumer class action cases, with recent mandates coming from the food and agriculture sectors, as well as general consumer products. In these class actions, the team often draws on the firm's wider expertise, enlisting members of the IP and litigation teams to service large-scale mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ross Weisman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Gregg LoCascio and Ragan Naresh are unparalleled experts. They are responsive, creative and aggressive. They understand the business practicalities when giving advice. I routinely refer other companies who need that expertise to Gregg and Ragan.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Dyson, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Syngenta Corporation

Verizon Communications Inc.

Charter Communications Inc.

iRobot Corporation

WeWork Companies Inc.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

A leading player in the corporate bond market, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s issuer-focused practice leverages its high-yield debt reputation to attract some of the most high-profile mandates in the investment grade space. The corporate heavyweight is a top choice for M&A-related deals, such as its recent advice to AbbVie on its $30bn private notes offering to support its acquisition of Allergan, which marked the fourth-largest investment grade debt sale on record. Other key features of the practice include its ability to plug into the firm’s preeminent private equity and restructuring groups to shine in large, event-driven deals. High-profile figure Joshua Korff heads the group from New York and advises public companies and private equity sponsors on the full range of capital markets transactions. Additional contacts in New York include Richard Aftanas, Christian Nagler and impressive up-and-coming partner Sophia Hudson, who joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in November 2018 and led on the AbbVie deal. In Chicago, Robert Hayward had a strong year on the investment grade side and routinely represents issuers and underwriters in public and private debt offerings.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Korff

Other key lawyers:

Richard Aftanas; Philippa Bond; Robert Hayward; Sophia Hudson; Christian Nagler; Matthew Pacey; Monica Shilling

Key clients

A Wilhelmsen AS

AbbVie Inc.

Ares Capital Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

BTIG LLC

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Carvana Co.

Chewy, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Deere & Company

Juniper Industrial Holdings Inc.

New Providence Acquisition Corp.

Oaktree Capital Management

Simply Good Foods Co.

The Boeing Company

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Complemented by its premier private equity offering, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s capital markets group is a popular choice for exit IPOs. The firm’s private equity expertise also ensures it maintains a strong presence in the SPAC IPO market, with SPACs often backed by private equity funds. The comprehensive national practice is particularly prominent on the issuer side but it also consistently secures high-profile manager-side mandates. Group head Joshua Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies on equity transactions, with a strong record in IPOs. Christian Nagler advises issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters on the full scope of public and private offerings. Up-and-coming partner Sophia Hudson handles a mix of transactional and corporate governance matters. Additional contacts include Richard Aftanas and Chicago-based Robert Hayward. All named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Korff

Key clients

A Wilhelmsen AS

AbbVie Inc.

Ares Capital Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

BTIG LLC

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Carvana Co.

Chewy, Inc.

Citigroup Global Markets

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Deere & Company

Juniper Industrial Holdings Inc.

New Providence Acquisition Corp.

Oaktree Capital Management

Simply Good Foods Co.

The Boeing Company

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has substantial disputes credentials, which are increasingly applied to major cases in the oil and gas sector; its growing presence in Houston has further enabled its capacity to handle cases in the industry. The practice has a notable track record in the state and federal courts, appeals courts, international courts and in arbitration proceedings. Anna Rotman heads up the Houston litigation practice, while Washington DC's Daniel Donovan and Chicago's Richard Godfrey are singled out for plaintiff and defendant engagements; the latter is also noted for class actions and acted for BP in the Deepwater Horizon case with Chicago-based practitioner Matthew Regan. Washington DC's Paul Clement is recommended for appellate matters.

Practice head(s):

Anna Rotman

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Regan; Ragan Naresh; Andrew Langan; Daniel Donovan; Richard Godfrey; Paul Clement

Testimonials

The team is comprised of highly qualified lawyers who know the space very well. It has the biggest bench of headliners in the industry. It is very responsive.

Anna Rotman is very smart, responsive, and a tactical litigator.

Paul Clement is the best Supreme Court lawyer in the country.

Key clients

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

BP

Chesapeake Appalachia

EXCO Resources

Harvest Oil & Gas

Legacy Reserves

MEG Energy

Parker Drilling

Primexx Energy Partners

Sabine Oil & Gas

Total E&P USA

Ultra Petroleum

Environment: litigation Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong reputation for defending clients in civil and criminal enforcement matters involving the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and other state regulators. Heading the group is Washington DC-based Jeanne Cohn-Connor, who represents clients in environmental enforcement cases and has core strength in environmental issues in the context of restructurings and bankruptcies. Other key figures include Andrew Langan and Kevin Van Wart, who handle a range of environmental litigation, but are especially active in mass tort claims; Andrew Running, who is particularly experienced in contamination claims and disputes involving hazardous waste clean-up; and Douglas Smith, another contact for class action litigation. All named attorneys are based in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jeanne Cohn-Connor

Key clients

Advancing Contracts in Energy Storage (ACES)

Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Bain Capital

BP America

Cenveo

CF Industries

Dow Chemical Company

E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Company

GenOn Energy

General Motors Company (GM)

Kinder Morgan

Murray Energy Corporation

Nucor Steel Seattle

General Recycling of Washington

PES Holdings

Raymond James & Associates

Spartech

Sustainable Bioproducts

Merger control Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP takes on both US and foreign mergers clearances, hence filing numerous HSR notifications as well as handling second requests on a regular basis. 'Exceptionally knowledgeable and strategic' antitrust teams in Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Dallas work closely with the firm's M&A department to handle antitrust aspects of transactions. Practice strength is evenly balanced across locations: Washington DC fields Matthew Reilly, healthcare expert Marin Boney and Michael DeRita. Katherine Rocco, global transactional practice co-head Ian John and Peter McCormack are all located in New York. Chicago is James Mutchnik's playing field, which includes a white-collar crime defense practice in addition to antitrust merger advice. The Dallas office recently received a significant boost with the arrival of Sean Royall and Olivia Adendorff from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2019. Richard Cunningham relocated to Washington DC.

Testimonials

‘The team displayed excellent knowledge of our industry and provide sound strategic advice. They were also incredibly responsive.’

‘The partners were exceptionally knowledgeable, strategic and complemented each other very well. Great teamwork.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie, Inc.

Ares Capital & National Veterinary Associates

Blackstone

Cambrex Corporation

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, LLC

Bain Capital

Warburg Pincus/DocuTAP

GlaxoSmithKline

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

Spectrum

Sycamore

Vista Equity Partners

Olympus Partners/Liqui-Box Corporation

Fortive Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

Outsourcing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles the full range of information technology and business process outsourcing deals, including strategies around digital transformations and transitions to software-as-a-service models. The team has expertise in the negotiation of intellectual property and technology-related outsourcing deals, and frequently represents clients in the fintech, healthcare, and chemicals industries. The department works in tandem with the firm’s other practice areas, including its M&A practice and although the department has no formal practice head, Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer, who are both based in Chicago, lead on most of the key transactions. Also in Chicago, Aaron Lorber and Todd Herst are other key contacts. New York-based Shellie Weisfield Freedman joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in January 2019.

Key clients

Apax Partners

Avaya Holdings Corp.

BC Partners

Charter Communications

Continental Casualty Company (CNA)

Equinox Media LLC

Lovell Minnick Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

The Boeing Company

Tronox Global Holdings

Patents: licensing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts for licensors and licensees alike, thereby offering clients experience in negotiating from both ends of the table. The practice regularly assists with joint development agreements, supply agreements and agreements pertaining to the provision of services and technical assistance. Another area of strength is the development and implementation of patent licensing programs, often by way of corporate transactions, such as joint ventures or divestitures, but also by way of securitisations, synthetic royalties, royalty buy-outs and royalty interests. The arrival of Shellie Weisfield Freedman from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in January 2019 bolstered the group's New York bench. Fellow New Yorker David MacDonald and the Chicago-based Seth TraxlerNeil Hirshman, Matthew Colman and Adam Petravicius are the other key contacts.

Key clients

Danaher Corporation

EUSA Pharma, Inc.

Nexus Capital Management

Open Invention Network

Samumed LLC

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

Project finance Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's investment into the project finance and infrastructure arena continues apace. Following the arrival of highly-rated practice head Rohit Chaudhry in 2018, the firm has recruited 13 partners, including Rustin Brown, and Nathan Santamaria, who joined the Washington DC office from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Linklaters LLP respectively. The push has paid dividends, particularly following the huge expansion of private equity funds, where the firm traditionally has a strong following, into the projects space, both as sponsors and lenders. As such, the work is typically at the more innovative end of the spectrum, with new transaction models and structures coming in at every stage of the projects life-cycle. The work covers a gamut of industries, including oil and gas, renewables, and conventional power, with clients well served by lawyers in important centres beyond the capital, such as Houston and New York. Key partners include Washington DC's  Roald Nashi and Brian Greene (who is noted for his strong expertise in Latin America), and New York's Kelann Stirling who represents sponsors, lenders, and governmental entities.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Key clients

AES Corporation

ArcLight Energy Partners

Ares

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

ING Group

Investec

IOG Resources

Jumar Energy Capital

KKR

Longhorn Midstream Holdings

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

Nomura

Red Wolf Natural Resources

Salt Creek Midstream

Société Générale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Blackstone Group

True Green Capital

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's municipal restructuring team is led by Edward Sassower (based New York) and James Sprayregen (in both New York and Chicago). Their involvement in the space included representation in a series of Chapter 15 proceedings - including those of Japan Airlines Corporation and MEGA Brands, whose recapitalization was the first transaction to be fulfilled under the Canadian Business Corporations Act and then recognized under Chapter 15.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sassower; James Sprayregen

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a vast corporate client base, as well as strong relationships with accountants and private equity firms, which generate a high volume of high-stakes securities litigation and regulatory enforcement work. Frequently active for corporate issuers in 10b5 class actions and derivative suits, the firm is able to parallel actions brought by the SEC or other federal and state regulators that may be concurrent with private litigation and often involve allegations of false or misleading disclosures to shareholders, insider trading and other types of financial misconduct. It is active in many fora across the US from its offices in New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington DC. The practice is led by Sandra Goldstein in New York, who has a 30-year track record of success in both M&A and securities litigation, and Mark Filip in Chicago, who handles both regulatory enforcement matters and litigation. Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC is also recommended for securities and other financial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Mark Filip

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Caterpillar, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Xerox Corp.

Micro Focus International

Pitney Bowes

Honeywell

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

AbbVie, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Shareholder activism Tier 2

Spread across the firm's New York, San Francisco, and Houston offices, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is experienced at aiding boards in defending against shareholder activism, particularly activism related to M&A transactions. A key part of the firm's comprehensive corporate offering, the lawyers focusing on activism defense have broad expertise in all things corporate law, including transactional M&A and private equity deals, and strategic governance and advisory work. In a high-profile case in 2019, the firm advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on activism related to its proposed acquisition of Celgene Corporation, in which opposition to the deal came both from Starboard Value and institutional investor Wellington Management. Key contacts in the New York office include Sarkis Jebejian, Eric Schiele, and Shaun Mathew, David Fox, and Daniel Wolf. The Houston team in particular is a go-to advisor for energy companies facing threats of activist actions; the contact here is Sean Wheeler.

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a wide variety of securitization work both for issuer and underwriting investment bank. In Chicago, Jeffrey O’Connor has extensive experience of automotive work including dealer floorplan leases and auto lease receivables; he also advises on specialized equipment finance transactions. Sara Whyte and Scott Gordon in New York are active in timeshare securitizations, as well as in transactions involving more conventional debt and real estate assets. Natural resources and trade receivable securitizations are further areas of expertise. O'Connor jointly leads the practice group with Kenneth Morrison, a key contact for regulatory issues, and Janette McMahan, who works in the firm's New York office.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey O’Connor; Kenneth Morrison; Janette McMahan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barclays Capital

Carvana

Centerbridge Partners

Deere & Company/John Deere Capital Corporation

Hyundai Capital America

JP Morgan Securities

Navistar Financial Corporation

NextGear Capital

World Omni Financial Corp.

Wyndham Destinations

Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's copyright, trademark and internet practice is led by Dale Cendali, a market leader in major trademark litigation cases. Recent highlights saw Cendali advising Converse on protecting its iconic Chuck Taylor shoe design through filings before the US ITC against 30 different companies which design similar footwear. Another key figure in the team is Claudia Ray, who often works alongside Cendali in the firm's largest cases, and has recognized strengths in the entertainment, consumer goods and technology sectors. Diana Torres is a name to note on the West Coast. Based in the firm's Los Angeles office, Torres routinely acts for major media companies, software developers and consumer products manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Epic Games

Lucky Brand

Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores

KateSpade & Co

Leonard Green & Partners

Take-Two Interactive Software

Nike

Dick’s Sporting Goods

J.K. Rowling

US taxes: contentious Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP advises clients on tax issues ranging from pre-audit planning to audits, through administrative appeals and post-appeals mediation, as well as tax litigation both in federal and state courts. Leveraging a market-leading private equity practice, the team regularly acts for prominent private equity funds and their portfolio companies in tax audits and related proceedings. Chicago-based practice co-leader Todd Maynes has core strengths in tax litigation relating to and arising from restructurings, and bankruptcies and insolvencies, while joint practice head Natalie Keller (also in Chicago) is a name to note for IRS audits and appeals, as well as tax litigation. A number of new members have recently joined the firm, among them are Michael Greenberg in Los Angeles from DLA Piper LLP (US), Paul Patrow in Chicago from Faegre Baker Daniels, Philip Cooke in New York from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Anne Kim in Los Angeles from Proskauer Rose LLP, and Sehj Vather in New York from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Natalie Keller

Other key lawyers:

Cartel Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP covers the full spread of government antitrust investigation work, in particular for clients from manufacturing, healthcare, shipping and consumer goods sectors. The firm's most eminent antitrust practitioners James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin are both stationed in Chicago and focus on litigation alongside their investigation work. With locations in Texas as well as on the East and West Coast, the department has recently expanded its presence in two offices: The firm's Dallas office was strengthened significantly by the arrival of Sean Royall and Olivia Adendorff, who joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2019 along with their Washington DC-based colleague Richard Cunningham.

Key clients

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois

Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association (BCBSA)

Clemens Food Group

Geo Specialty Chemicals

Hitachi, Inc.

Jeld-Wen

Sanderson Farms

Upsher-Smith Laboratories

Wan Hai Lines Ltd.

E-discovery Tier 3

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the e-discovery team in the US works closely with the firm's Asian and European offices to offer global discovery and data management services. The group is often called upon in litigation, but it also advises multinational clients on data-retention policies, assists with complex transactions and joint-defense agreements and handles data governance issues. Matters are led by New York's Michelle Six, who has an active advisory and contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Six

Testimonials

Michelle Six is great. Knowledgeable and practical.

Michelle Six knows this area better than anyone I know. She is a superstar.’

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has established credentials in the energy sector with the recruitment of Robert Fleishman in 2018 and Brooksany Barrowes in 2019; Barrowes is highly regarded in the industry and joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. The well-regarded senior team frequently represents clients, including major energy players, and private equity houses and their portfolio companies, before FERC, DoE, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and CFTC. Andrew Stuyvenberg is a key name at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Robert Fleishman; Brooksany Barrowes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This team is very strong at the federal level, particularly with the addition of Brooksany Barrowes. They provide thoughtful and thorough guidance.

‘This team is top-notch, one of the best if not the best around for FERC enforcement issues with Robert Fleishman as the partner and the lead attorney on the regulatory side.’

‘Robert Fleishman is an example of what a really good attorney should be. He is always responsive and on top of issues, tasks, and timelines. Robert is not only able to understand and then explain in a clear and precise language complex technical concepts we deal with in our engagement, but he is also able to shed a new light on the technical and procedural matters we have at hand.’

Brooksany Barrowes and Drew Stuyvenberg provide excellent service and support. They are both extremely intelligent and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Apple Energy

ETRACOM

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR)

The Blackstone Group

CenterPoint Energy

Electric Reliability Council of Texas

GenOn Holdings

Investec Kindle Energy

Environment: regulatory Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well-equipped to support clients across in compliance matters and environmental permitting, enforcement proceedings, and crisis prevention and response. Headed by Jeanne Cohn-Connor in Washington DC, the group is especially experienced with environmental statutes pertaining to air emissions, hazardous waste, contaminated land and water discharge; climate change is another of the team's skill sets. Also in DC, of counsel Brian Land is noted for his work in compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeanne Cohn-Connor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Advancing Contracts in Energy Storage (ACES)

Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Bain Capital

Cenveo

CF Industries

GenOn Energy

Kinder Morgan

Nucor Steel Seattle

General Recycling of Washington

PES Holdings

Raymond James & Associates

Spartech

Sustainable Bioproducts

Financial services litigation Tier 3

Based primarily in the firm's Chicago office, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's financial services team specializes in representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, FINRA, the CFPB and other regulators. Moreover, the practice group also benefits from the firm's expertise in M&A and shareholder derivative litigation, and its deep knowledge of the regulatory challenges facing fintech clients. Zachary Brez, based in New York, advises companies and individuals on issues relating to complex financial products, FCPA matters, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions. Chicago-based commercial litigator Gabor Balassa has expertise in claims involving accounting malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. In DC, Erica Williams focuses on SEC and DOJ investigations, drawing upon her experience as the former deputy chief of staff at the SEC.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Appian Capital Advisory

The Blackstone Group

Goldman Sachs

GPLS Servicing Agent

JC Flowers & Co.

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

PricewaterhouseCoopers

TPG Capital

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Sandra Goldstein - Kirkland & Ellis LLP Sandra Goldstein is renowned for her expertise in securities and M&A litigation; a skill set cultivated over the course of more than three decades as a trial lawyer, which included a stint as department head at one of the most highly respected corporate and litigation firms in the market. In the securities space, Sandra recently acted for Pitney Bowes in state court litigation brought under federal securities law, resulting in a precedent-setting judgment determining that The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act's (PSLRA) stay provision does in fact apply in state court as well as federal court.

Key clients

Honeywell

Xerox

Pitney Bowes

Barnes & Noble

3G Capital

EQT Corporation

Callon Petroleum

ArcLight Capital Partners

SemGroup Corporation

Amcor

Bemis Company

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automative/transport Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is recognized for its broad-base expertise in product liability and mass tort litigation, where it is often engaged by vehicle and automobile manufacturers, parts and component manufacturers, and aviation companies. In particular, the team has experience acting as national and regional counsel in product-threatening claims and matters relating to personal injuries. Key figures in the practice group are Washington DC-based Mike Brock, who focuses on trying product liability cases for automobile manufacturers and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies; and Richard Godfrey in Chicago, a senior litigator, and one of several of the firm's partners acting for General Motors in its ignition switch MDL.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

General Motors LLC

Polaris Industries

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong bench of seasoned trial lawyers with experience in a range of multi-district litigation and class actions. The firm also acts as national or regional counsel in cases involving serious personal injuries and product-threatening claims. A key figure in the team is Chicago-based Andrew McGaan, who has particular experience defending tobacco companies in product liability matters.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew McGaan; Richard Godfrey; Mike Brock

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

JUUL Labs

United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience acting as primary counsel in product liability and mass tort matters, particularly multi-district litigation, defect and recall investigations, and environmental claims, both at trial and appeal. The firm also has expertise in high-stakes disputes for generic pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, as well as in cases involving serious personal injuries and product-threatening claims. Mike Brock is a name to note in Washington DC; he focuses on product liability cases for automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brock; James Hurst; Jay Lefkowitz; Leslie Smith

Key clients

AbbVie

AbbVie Products

Abbott Laboratories

Allergan

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Ranbaxy

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience of REIT-related M&A and corporate governance matters. It regularly supports clients and their board of directors on matters including shareholder activism, takeover readiness, fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. New York-based Daniel Wolf and David Fox are contacts in the team.

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the construction practice acts in high-stakes and high-value disputes cases, while also providing services in contract negotiation and drafting, project oversight and pre-litigation counseling. Based in New York and Chicago, Jeffrey Willian has advised on several build and engineering cost defects and overruns. The rest of the team is mostly Chicago-based, where Hariklia Karis often acts in alleged breach of contract and ensuing settlement cases, while Elizabeth Hess specialises in professional liability cases involving architects, engineers and sub-contractors. Of counsel James Nowacki lists architects, contractors and owners among his clients for industrial, transportation, office building and manufacturing-based work.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Willian; Hariklia Karis; James Nowacki; Elizabeth Hess

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted for transactional matters, including investments by private equity houses and their portfolio companies into oil and gas projects. The practice has substantial expertise and fields two senior regulatory lawyers in Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who play an integral role in a range of headline deals. Both have extensive experience before FERC and state public utility commissions.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska

Brookfield

Sentinel Midstream

GSO Capital Partners

Chevron

IFM Investors

Vine Oil & Gas

Alta Resources

C&J Energy Services

HG Energy II Appalachia

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 4

Benefiting from 'excellent legal acumen and market knowledge', Kirkland & Ellis LLP's growing presence in the energy space, precipitated by a number of notable hires in recent years, continues to see the firm increasingly active in relation to the acquisition, financing and refinancing of renewables assets.  Led out of Washington DC by 'superb project finance lawyerRohit Chaudhry and aided by lawyers in New York and Houston, the team has expertise in mandates throughout the capital structure, including term loan A and B debt financings and capital markets matters for lenders, as well as the firm's impressive roster of private equity sponsor clients which are increasingly prominent investors in the renewables arena.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Other key lawyers:

Brian Greene; Kristin Mendoza; Roald Nashi; John Pitts; Kelann Stirling; Nathan Santamaria; Scott Cockerham

Testimonials

The team benefits from excellent legal acumen and market knowledge.

Extremely client-focused and responsive.

Rohit Chaudhry is a superb project finance lawyer.

Key clients

Ares

Blackstone

Brookfield

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

GenOn Energy, Inc.

Investec Bank

KKR

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Newlight Partners

Nomura

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas

NRG Wholesale Generation

The Carlyle Group

True Green Capital

International trade Tier 4

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP places strong emphasis on cross-border investment clearance issues involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Another area of focus is the US- and the international sanctions regime, and here, the team's recent work reflects a notable strength in private equity-related matters; an area where practice co-head Mario Mancuso in Washington is a name to note. In the New York office, joint practice head Zachary Brez is a key contact for international enforcement and regulatory matters, including complex investigations with a cross-border element. Also recommended is Nick Niles, who leads on enforcement matters from the Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Mario Mancuso; Zachary Brez

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apax Partners LLP

Huntsman Corporation

Louis Berger Group

Rowan Companies

Searchlight Capital Partners

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 4

New York-based IP litigation specialist Dale Cendali heads the media litigation team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and has a practice which is particularly focused on copyright work, in addition to a strong offering in trademark matters. The firm is often instructed on high-profile copyright infringement suits across the full media spectrum, including high-profile music, television, and publishing clients. In the video gaming space, Cendali is defending Take Two Interactive Software in several lawsuits involving the realistic depiction of tattoos in licensed sports games such as Take Two's NBA 2K product, which plaintiffs allege violates their copyrights as tattooists. In 2019 the practice saw the arrival of Allison Buchner, an IP specialist who rejoined the firm's Los Angeles office from an in-house position with Dollar Shave Club.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Allison Buchner; Diana Torres; Claudia Ray; Joshua Simmons

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games, Inc.

Fox News Network LLC

IBM Corporation

J.K. Rowling

Nike, Inc.

Stage Entertainment USA

Sun TV Network Limited

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as private equity and venture capital investors. The team was instructed on a number of recent mega M&A, having advised AbbVie on its $63bn acquisition of Allergan, and acting for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in the acquisition of Celgene Corporation. Nationally recognized trial lawyer James Hurst (Chicago) and trial and appellate lawyer Jay Lefkowitz (New York) are the key names to note, and jointly lead the team with New York-based IP litigators Patricia Carson and Leora Ben-Ami. Recent trial wins have included Hurst successfully representing Alere in a patent infringement case, and also representing Flexus Biosciences (now a Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidiary) in a trade secret trial.

Practice head(s):

Leora Ben-Ami; Patricia Carson; James Hurst; Jay Lefkowitz

Other key lawyers:

Diana Watral; Devora Allon

Key clients

AbbVie

Abbott Laboratories

Allergan

Association for Accessible Medicines

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

CIOX Health

Colfax Corporation

Danaher Corporation

Flexus Biosciences

GlaxoSmithKline

Johnson & Johnson

Merus

Pfizer

Ranbaxy

Samumed

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

WellCare Health Plans

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a premier appellate law practice that is known for its involvement in disputes with significance in the wider market. Indeed, the team is rated clients for its ‘deep knowledge of the direction of the courts on the most significant legal issues of the day’. Constitutional law cases are a forte of the group, and an area for which it is recommended by peers and clients alike. Building upon Erin Murphy’s success in Gill v Whitford in 2018, Paul Clement successfully argued in favor of North Carolina’s legislature, as appellant, in Rucho v Common Cause, a closely watched partisan gerrymandering case at the US Supreme Court. The group also acted for the petitioners in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v City of New York, New York, the highly anticipated Second Amendment case challenging New York City’s restriction on the transport of guns, which the US Supreme Court recently remanded to the Second Circuit. Clearly, the firm is extremely active in the US Supreme Court – in the 2019 term, the team was scheduled to present arguments in seven cases. Clement in particular, a former US Solicitor General, has more than 100 US Supreme Court arguments under his belt. One more SCOTUS highlight from the past year was George Hicks' victory for a Crow tribe member in Herrera v Wyoming, a case in which the Court declared that Wyoming’s statehood did not abrogate the tribe’s right to hunt, confirmed under an 1868 federal treaty. The group is also standout on the courts of appeals front as well. John O’Quinn has extensive experience in IP cases tried at the Federal Circuit, and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz is a go-to contact for shareholder, antitrust, and product liability disputes. In addition, thanks to its full integration in the firm’s wider litigation group, the appellate practice routinely works with the firm's trial lawyers, particularly in the area of mass torts.

Testimonials

The team is talented and has useful insights into the thinking of the judiciary, especially conservative judges, on issues of constitutional law. The practice is thorough and thoughtful, and has a deep knowledge of the direction of the courts on the most significant legal issues of the day.

Kirkland & Ellis’ team is well connected in conservative circles with useful insights into the thinking of conservative appellate judges and Supreme Court justices.

Key clients

Archdiocese of Puerto Rico

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Henry Schein

Kinder Morgan

Lucky Brand

Moda Health Plan

New York Rifle & Pistol Association

North Carolina General Assembly

Parker Drilling Company

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Black Card

BP / BP Exploration & Production Co.

Jeld-Wen

Kentucky Utilities Co.

Linn Energy

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Ultra Petroleum Corporation

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Commercial lending

Kirkland & Ellis LLP undoubtedly has one of the highest quality and most active borrower-led practices in the market, regularly topping the tables for both deal volume and activity. Private equity sponsor work has been the team's bread and butter for almost as long as the industry has existed, and the firm's roster of major clients is testament to its continued standing in the market. As demonstrated by the firm's advice to the life sciences giant AbbVie on the financing of its Allergan takeover, the team is no stranger to the financing of major corporate acquisitions either. The firm's fund clients are also gradually leading to greater exposure to the direct lender market, where lawyers are often advising the lenders. Chicago is home to several of the firm's top debt finance lawyers, including Linda Myers, Michelle Kilkenney, and Maureen Dixon. New York is also an increasingly key centre for the firm, with highly-rated partners such as Jay PtashekDavid Nemecek (who divides his time between here and Los Angeles), Melissa Hutson, Jason Kanner, Eric Wedel, and Andrea Weintraub. Clients also rate the 'top-notch' Christopher Kirkham in San Francisco and Brian Ford in Los Angeles.

Testimonials

‘K&E has great market share in sponsor deals, particularly in technology, and they therefore have great knowledge on market terms, lender behavior, etc.’

‘I think extremely highly of Chris Kirkham, Brian Ford and Andrea Weintraub. They are all top-notch lawyers. They are very smart, responsive, and commercial lawyers who give great advice and are great partners’

Key clients

AbbVie

Apax Partners

Ares Management

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Blackstone Group

Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Carlyle Group

Cerberus Capital

Clearlake Capital

iHeart

KKR

Madison Dearborn Partners

Neiman Marcus

Partners Group

Siris Capital Group

Summit Partners

Thoma Bravo

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

Windstream

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's team has developed a reputation for handling criminal defense for multinational corporations, financial institutions and their officers before the spectrum of US and foreign regulators, as well as enforcement authorities. In addition to criminal matters, the Washington DC office, where department head Mark Filip is based (although he also works from the Chicago office), is particularly known for handling politically sensitive issues, including in relation to congressional investigations. In New York, Henry DePippo takes the lead on FCA matters; in Washington DC, Neil Eggleston draws on significant experience in congressional investigations; Chicago's Asheesh Goel is a specialist in anti-corruption and AML issues, along with economic sanctions issues and insider trading cases; while Mark Holscher in Los Angeles is often instructed to coordinate internal investigations, and handle representations concerning insider trading, stock manipulation and criminal environmental allegations. New York's Bob Allen is the name to note for securities fraud cases and Washington DC's Brigham Cannon is an expert in FCPA. In 2019, the group in Washington DC added a team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, including Richard Cunningham – boosting the office's ability to handle cyber-security issues – and in Chicago, the firm welcomed former Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip

Testimonials

As one of the best law firms in the United States, they have excellent lawyers with extensive experience.

Many experienced lawyers, including ex-DOJ executives and prosecutors.

Key clients

Allergan

The Boeing Company

Goldman Sachs

Pacific Gas & Electric

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Eric Pulier

Nancy Gougarty

Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm with 2,700 attorneys representing clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 15 offices around the world: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: Kirkland advises on all aspects of competition law, including preeminent criminal and civil antitrust litigation defense, government investigation defense, expedited transaction clearance and real-world counseling experience. The firm provides seamless representation to clients throughout the world. Kirkland successfully defends clients in their most important government-initiated and private cases involving the full spectrum of antitrust claims, from cartels to monopolization to pricing disputes. The group also has an exceptional depth of experience in US and foreign merger and acquisition clearances, from strategic counseling to efficient filing with regulatory agencies and rapid regulatory review.

Capital markets: Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate financing techniques. The firm represents issuers, sponsors and underwriters in a wide variety of international securities transactions, with a particular focus on offerings of high-yield and other complex debt securities.

Debt finance: Kirkland services both borrowers and lenders in a wide variety of financing transactions across the entire capital structure. The firm is engaged in every aspect of a financing transaction: advising borrowers and lenders on senior, subordinated, mezzanine and bridge financing transactions, as well as high-yield offerings. Kirkland has unsurpassed experience in structuring and negotiating the layers of senior and unsubordinated debt and equity financing in connection with leveraged acquisitions. The group also handles DIP financings, exit financings and debt restructurings.

Intellectual property litigation: Kirkland has one of the most respected intellectual property litigation practices, with particular experience in large-scale patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret misappropriation and advertising matters. The firm has an active trial practice with one of the best success rates despite handling some of the most challenging IP litigation cases in history.

International litigation and arbitration: Kirkland is renowned for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration around the world, with a proven track record of generating successful results for clients in their most high-stakes cases. The firm has a deep bench of lawyers who have taken cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers. Lawyers in all of Kirkland’s offices have tried cases, successfully to verdict or to judgment, in virtually every substantive area and business segment. Kirkland is also recognised for its international arbitration and white-collar crime and government investigations work on a global basis.

International trade and national security: Kirkland’s International Trade and National Security Practice provides strategic and legal advice to companies, investment funds and financial institutions operating or investing across international borders. We routinely work with clients across industries and geographies on corporate transactions, strategic risk advisory and management, compliance and licensing, and investigations and enforcement matters. Our practice is widely recognized as a leading international advisory practice and is distinguished by the breadth and depth of its approach.

Investment funds: Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. The firm is uniquely positioned to serve its clients in connection with the formation, organization and operation of buyout, growth-equity, venture, real estate, infrastructure, energy, credit, mezzanine, private equity and hedge funds, as well as their respective management companies.

Private equity/mergers and acquisitions: Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions important to businesses in today’s global marketplace. Because of the firm’s consistently high volume of complex transactional engagements, it has developed a broad vision of the issues that confront business organizations. The team has extensive experience in the formulation of innovative strategies for structuring acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, negotiated as well as unsolicited acquisitions, going-private transactions, stock-for-stock acquisitions, spin-off transactions and acquisitions of minority interests.

Real estate: Kirkland pursues an interdisciplinary approach to sophisticated transactions in the commercial real estate industry. The firm regularly represents private equity fund sponsors and investors in various industries and investment strategies. Attorneys are also frequently involved in complex transactions involving publicly traded and privately owned REITs, and have broad experience in real estate secured lending, structured finance and the hospitality property area.

Restructuring and insolvency: By combining sophisticated business advisory and crisis management skills with extensive experience in multijurisdictional insolvency matters, Kirkland’s global restructuring group navigates clients through situations involving financially troubled companies. The firm has earned a distinguished reputation by achieving positive results for a wide range of clients in complex corporate restructuring, workout and bankruptcy planning, negotiation and litigation.

Tax: Kirkland has developed a strong international reputation for providing creative and sophisticated tax counseling and effectively representing clients in tax disputes worldwide. Kirkland’s tax practice can be divided broadly into two areas: tax planning in connection with mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, fund formations, restructurings, financings, executive compensation plans and other sophisticated transactions; and contested tax matters.

Technology and intellectual property transactions: Kirkland concentrates on international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in intellectual property and technology. The firm represents leading technology companies and brings its experience to all areas of IP, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, outsourcing, computer software, licensing, distribution, joint venture agreements, biotechnology, data protection and e-commerce issues, as well as competition law-related matters.

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Number of Partners : 1,137
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 1,540
Total Staff : 5,015

Serving Communities

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving lives, bettering communities and deepening our attorneys’ professional experience. In 2019, Kirkland attorneys worldwide devoted a firm-record high of more than 164,000 hours of free legal service to more than 2,000 pro bono clients. Kirkland also donated more than $16 million to more than 1,400 organizations to support worthy causes in our communities and around the world.

Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

Kirkland embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion, both within our organization and throughout the legal profession and the global communities in which we live and work. To achieve this goal, a dedicated and active group of partners leads our firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee includes racial and ethnic diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ subcommittees to ensure that our programs and policies address the needs of all attorneys. Additionally, Kirkland has a firm-wide Diversity Integration Task Force (DITF), which includes the firm’s chairman and ten other members of the Global Management Executive Committee, as well as senior partners who chair key firm-wide committees. The DITF, along with our firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, drives diversity into existing work streams and facilitates Kirkland’s diversity leadership in the legal industry.