Firm Profile > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 NORTH LASALLE
CHICAGO, IL 60654
United States

Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is highly skilled in consumer class actions and Lanham Act cases, with a particular niche in handling data and privacy matters. This experience in data privacy related matters is partly owed to the specialized technical backgrounds of certain team members, such as partner and trained engineer Gregg LoCascio. Ross Weisman is also active in the tech sector, particularly in false advertising claims involving telecoms and technology companies. Another key figure in the team is false advertising and IP litigation expert Robin McCue, who has been leading on several standout matters alongside Weisman. Active both in court and before key authorities such as the NAD, the National Advertising Review Board (NARB) and the FTC, the group acts for a client base including major brand owners such as Colgate, Verizon and Dyson. It also handles pre-emptive disputes work such as various regulatory compliance and data and privacy mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Gregg LoCascio; Ross Weisman; Robin McCue

Key clients

GoodRx

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Dyson, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Syngenta Corporation

Verizon Communications Inc.

Charter Communications Inc.

iRobot Corporation

WeWork Companies Inc.

FGF Brands, Inc.

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is at the forefront of issuer-side engagements in high-yield debt offerings. The firm's outstanding presence in private equity and restructurings, provides a tremendous platform for its work in the high-yield space. It advises a number of prominent private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with a range of corporate issuers. The firm has worked on a series of headline financial restructurings, involving the use of bank debt and multiple capital markets offerings. The core capital markets team is spread across multiple offices, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. Joshua Korff has an outstanding record in capital markets offerings, including high-yield debt. Los Angeles partners Philippa Bond and Monica Shilling are also big names, the latter for private equity clients. Sophia Hudson and Christian Nagler are also recommended, as is Matthew Pacey in the Houston office. Richard Aftanas left for Hogan Lovells US LLP. Named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Philippa Bond; Sophia Hudson; Christian Nagler; Monica Shilling; Matthew Pacey

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a team of attorneys with deep experience in defending clients against antitrust claims asserted by a wide variety of competitors, direct purchasers and consumer classes. With offices across the country, the group handles the full range of antitrust claims relating to cartels, monopolization, pricing disputes, unfair competition, price discrimination, intellectual property and merger-related litigation. Located in the Chicago office, James Mutchnik, Daniel Laytin and Christa Cottrell are the key names to note; the three are all active in antitrust trials and litigation across a range of sectors. Richard Cunningham in Washington DC and Sean Royall, who divides time between Dallas and Washington DC, focus on matters at the intersection of consumer protection and antitrust law.

Other key lawyers:

James Mutchnik; Daniel Laytin; Richard Cunningham; Olivia Adendorff; Sean Royall; Christa Cottrell

Key clients

AbbVie

Allergan plc

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc.

AT&T

BASF

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Citadel LLC

The Clemens Food Group

Essendant, Inc.

EVA Airways Corp

Copyright Tier 1

With experts located in major commercial hubs throughout the US, Kirkland & Ellis LLP routinely handles high-profile copyright cases receiving major media attention, particularly for a broad range of clients in the entertainment, fashion, and financial services industries. Additionally, the firm's work has helped shape the scope of software copyright protection. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali and Joshua Simmons are recognized for their record at trial and appeals, including cases before the US Supreme Court. Also recommended in New York is Claudia Ray, who focuses on IP matters for online music providers. A contact on the West Coast is Diana Torres in Los Angeles, who has represented parties in federal and state courts in a wide range of licensing and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Simmons; Diana Torres; Claudia Ray

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Astronics Corp.

Epic Games, Inc.

Oracle Corporation

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has an excellent reputation for advising energy and oil and gas clients on high-profile, high-value M&A transactions. The team is also recognized for its strength in advising on headline restructuring mandates, with New York-based Scott Price and Stephen Jacobson in Houston being retained to assist with the executive compensation aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings. In Chicago, Michael Falk routinely advises on deferred compensation, incentive and equity plans, including issues under the 409A code, while Alexandra Mihalas focuses on the ERISA aspects of major transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Falk; Scott Price

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Antinossi; Stephen Jacobson

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

GrubHub

Whiting Petroleum Company

Apergy Corporation

NOVA IWSG Holdings, LLC

Linden Capital Partners

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Nexstar Media Group, Inc

SK Capital Partners

Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 1

Led from Houston by Andrew Calder and drawing from the broader resources of market-leading M&A, bank finance, capital markets and restructuring lawyers based throughout the firm's national network of offices, the 'business-minded' team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides 'top class' advice to stakeholders across a range of conventional power transactions. Leveraging the firm's deeply entrenched relationships with many high-profile private equity (including KKR and Blackstone) and infrastructure funds, the team is regularly engaged in high-value buy and sell-side M&A work throughout the value chain, including as it relates to the power and transmission, infrastructure, and utilities sectors. Recent highlights include the representation of KKR on its $1.4bn investment, alongside Next Era Energy and NextEra Energy Partners, in portfolios of renewable energy assets located throughout the US. Rhett Van Syoc is regularly involved in high-profile corporate activity in the power sector, including joint venture structuring and private equity-led M&A. New York-based corporate partner Kristin Mendoza also regularly handles power M&A, as part of her overarching transactional energy offering; she has recently been involved in numerous high-profile conventional power disposals for funds and developers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder

Other key lawyers:

Kristin Mendoza; Rhett Van Syoc; Kim Hicks

Testimonials

The business-minded team provides top-class advice.’

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Blackstone Energy Partners

Bluescape Energy Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

Energy Capital Partners

GenOn Holdings

GSO Capital Partners LP

Investec

Macquarie Capital

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

KKR

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of TerraForm Power, Inc.

Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 1

'Extremely knowledgeable about the industry and market conditions', and also able to leverage deep institutional firm-wide ties with a raft of heavyweight private equity sponsors, including KKR and the Blackstone Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is regularly at the forefront of the most significant transactions in the market. This work spans the entire value chain and is primarily led from the firm's Houston office, which since its foundation in 2014 has successfully established itself as one of the premier oil and gas M&A outfits in the market and is lauded for its 'amazing commercial knowledge on top of legal expertise'. Over the review period, the team's workflow has benefitted from the ability to draw from the firm's wider restructuring offering, which has been increasingly active, both on the debtor side, as well as for investors seeking to realize value by acquiring assets out of bankruptcy. While private equity-related work is without doubt a core strength, the team also has broader strengths acting for private and publicly-held energy companies, which continue to generate substantial work as they seek to consolidate and to divest non-core assets. In this respect, a notable recent highlight was the firm's high-profile work for WPX Energy on its merger with Devon Energy, which has subsequently positioned the combined entity as the third largest unconventional oil producer in the US. Anthony Speier was involved in the aforementioned deal and alongside Andrew Calder co-heads the energy practice group. Other recommended practitioners include Sean Wheeler, who handles oil and gas M&A, as well as energy-related securities offerings and corporate governance work; the 'very brightDavid Castro, who 'has a great pulse on what is important and what is not when working on a transaction'; Rahul Vashi, who is 'straightforward, easy to work with and very helpful'; William Benitez, for upstream and midstream strategic and private equity-led M&A; and associate Lindsey Jaquillard, who is developing a strong reputation advising on upstream acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture work. All practitioners named are based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Calder; Anthony Speier

Other key lawyers:

Sean Wheeler; David Castro; John Pitts; Doug Bacon; Rahul Vashi; William Benitez; Chad Smith; Christopher Heasley; Adam Larson; Thomas Laughlin; Cy Jones; Rhett Van Syoc; Lindsey Jaquillard

Testimonials

‘The firm’s energy transaction practice is top of class; they are always up to speed on the market, they take a business-minded approach and they are always available and responsive.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the industry and market conditions.’

‘The firm has amazing commercial knowledge on top of the legal expertise. It has the ability to work and perform 24/7 and provide deliverables while the rest of us sleep. Outstanding!’

‘David Castro is one of, if not the, top oil and gas practitioner in the city; he is very bright and has as great pulse on what is important and what is not when working on a transaction.’

‘Rahul Vashi is also one of our go-to lawyers; he is straight forward, easy to work with and very helpful.’

Key clients

BCE-Mach III, LLC

Brookfield Asset Management

Carnelian Energy Capital

Callon Petroleum Company

EIG Global Energy Partners

EQT Corporation

GSO Capital Partners

Indigo Natural Resources, LLC

Hilcorp Alaska

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Magnetar Capital

Magnolia Oil and Gas Corporation

National Fuel Gas Company

Northern Oil & Gas

Parsley Energy, Inc.

Quantum Energy Partners, LP

SemGroup Corporation

Sentinel Midstream

The Blackstone Group

Warburg Pincus LLC

WPX Energy, Inc.

Environment: transactional Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP handles a steady flow of high-value mandates, focusing on the environmental aspects of corporate transactions, contamination concerns and issues pertaining to compliance with environmental regulations. Recent highlights demonstrate practitioners' capabilities in assisting with environmental compliance and liabilities issues in the context of M&A, financing deals, real estate and private equity investments. Furthermore, the team is often called upon to act as lead environmental counsel in high-profile restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Key contact Paul Tanaka splits his time between San Francisco and Houston, and is particularly proficient in transactions involving industrial, energy and infrastructure assets. Energy-related deals are a core strength for Alexandra Farmer in Washington DC, who is noted for her experience handling significant contamination issues and permitting obligations. Also recommended in DC is Jennie Morawetz, who has broad experience of environmental law, often advising on ESG policies. Jonathan Kidwell in Dallas has been crucial in the growth of the environmental practice in Texas, and is regularly retained by clients in the waste management, heavy manufacturing, and energy sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tanaka; Alexandra Farmer; Jonathan Kidwell; Jennie Morawetz; Stefanie Gitler; Toby Chun; Sara Michaelchuck Webber

Key clients

Ares Management

Blackstone Energy Partners

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure

Callon Petroleum Company

Cambrex Corporation

Chesapeake Energy

Danaher Corporation

Delphi Technologies

Fortress Investment Group

Hilcorp Alaska

Huntsman Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

McDermott International

Murray Energy

Parsley Energy

Partners Group

PES Holdings

Schlumberger Limited

WellCare Health Plans

General commercial disputes Tier 1

Fielding a 'creative and dedicated team with deep expertise in class actions'Kirkland & Ellis LLP's nationwide practice group is a popular choice for plaintiffs and defendants in bet-the-company disputes. In a current matter, Mark Filip (Chicago) is leading the team that is defending Allergan in its highly publicized, nationwide opioid litigation involving thousands of civil suits in addition to government investigations. A name to note for class actions is 'top notch' partner Richard Godfrey (Chicago), who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of disputes. Highly regarded trial lawyer James Hurst (Chicago) has over three decades' experience in prominent disputes, with particular strength in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Daniel Donovan (Washington DC) is a go-to partner for clients seeking corporate governance advice, though he also has experience in trials and commercial arbitration. Diana Watral (Chicago), Joshua Greenblatt (New York) and Atif Khawaja (New York) are also key members of the team.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Filip; Richard Godfrey; James Hurst; Daniel Donovan; Diana Watral; Joshua Greenblatt; Atif Khawaja

Testimonials

‘The team is unique due to its breadth and depth.’ 

‘Rick Godfrey proactively reduces risk and effectively manages it when it cannot be avoided.’

Key clients

Allergan

Albertsons

Boeing

Chesapeake Appalachia

Frontier Communications Corporation

General Motors

GrubHub

Honeywell

JUUL Labs

Teva Pharmaceuticals

United Airlines

Urban Compass

International tax Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s international tax practice maintains a reputation as a go-to team for high-end transactions in the corporate and private equity fields. An integral part of what is a top-tier firm in the restructuring space, the team is well placed to handle the recent uptick in distressed M&A, insolvencies and workouts; in this regard, practice co-heads Todd Maynes and Dean Shulman (based in Chicago and New York, respectively) advised on a number of headline bankruptcies in the aviation, retail, travel, leisure and energy sectors. The group is also active in the burgeoning SPAC space, where Lee Morlock, Rachel Cantor and Mike Carew in Chicago, and Jared Rusman, Sara Zablotney and David Grenker in New York are names to note. New York-based Mike Beinus handles complex partnership transactions and REIT structuring. Multibillion-dollar, tax-driven investment fund formation is another strength for the team. Richard Husseini was a new arrival in the firm's Houston office at the end of August in 2021. Mark Schwed was a new arrival in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Other key lawyers:

Lee Morlock; Rachel Cantor; Mike Carew; Jared Rusman; Sara Zablotney; David Grenker; Mike Beinus; Richard Husseini; Mark Schwed

Key clients

Abbvie Inc.

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

Grubhub

Huntsman Corporation

United Airlines Holdings

Vista Equity Partners

Warburg Pincus

M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Matthew Solum

Other key lawyers:

Yosef Riemer; Stefan Atkinson

Key clients

Amcor Ltd.

Bemis Company

Arclight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Callon Petroleum Company

Delphi Technologies

EQT Corporation

HGGC

H.I.G. Capital Management

Honeywell

Micro Focus International

Rowan Companies

Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, James Murdoch and Fox Corporation

Sycamore Partners and Essendant, Inc.

The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers

TPG Capital

U.S. Silica Company

Vista Equity Partners

The Vitamin Shoppe

WPX Energy

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

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.

Other key lawyers:

David Fox; Daniel Wolf; Jonathan Davis; Eric Schiele; Sarkis Jebejian; Edward Lee; Ivan Schlager; Rachael Coffey

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie Inc.

Danaher Corporation

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WPX Energy

Infineon Technologies AG

Grubhub

Delphi Technologies PLC

Cambrex Corporation

Huntsman Corporation

Fox Corporation

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP specialises in high-stakes competitor litigation and offers an outstanding track record in the full range of patent disputes, with extensive experience in the district courts, the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. The group's trial clout attracts prestigious US and international clients, especially from the pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, semiconductor and electronics sectors. In a number of disputes, the team parachuted in as a replacement at a late stage in particularly challenging proceedings, securing favourable outcomes in strategic proceedings. Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Jeanne Heffernan, Joseph Loy, Leora Ben-Ami and Todd Friedman in New York, James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, Bryan Hales and Russell Levine in Chicago,  Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and Adam Alper in San Francisco, and Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC are key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Arovas; Robert Appleby; Jeanne Heffernan; Joseph Loy; Todd Friedman; James Hurst; Amanda Hollis; Bryan Hales; Russell Levine; Michael De Vries; Adam Alper; Gregg LoCascio; John O’Quinn

Testimonials

‘They provided my company exceptional strategic advice in a bet-the-company litigation. Then they executed the strategy with perfection.’

‘Jeanne Heffernan is extraordinary at providing strategic direction, managing client expectations, and advocating before judges.’

‘Excellent in patent litigation and strategy for all forms of IP. Able to manage very complex litigations spanning multiple jurisdictions around the world.’

‘Adam Alper is a very even-keeled, strategic general in IP litigation campaigns. Also excellent first chair counsel for very complex, high stakes IP litigation (patents, copyrights, trade secrets).’

‘Michael De Vries has an incredible breadth of knowledge in patent litigation, is able to adeptly deal with aggressive opposing counsel, and think quickly on his feet in the courtroom.’

‘Brandon Brown is a rising star in IP litigation, with a very smooth demeanor that almost understates his excellent ability to question witnesses in the courtroom.’

‘Akshay Deoras is another rising star in IP litigation, with excellent knowledge of both IP law as well as the technologies at issue in a case. No question is too small, and he’s very responsive to client requests.’

‘Smarter and more hardworking than their adversaries.’

‘Russell Levine is the best. Smart and always thinking and working toward a better solution for us.’

‘This team is my go-to team when I have litigation that I can’t lose. They look at the issues from all angles and leave no stone unturned when necessary.’

‘Gregg LoCascio is knowledgeable, personable, and easy to work with. His personality allows him to develop a good rapport with the jury and judges.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's ITC practice is an integral part of the firm's wider patent litigation service, making the group an excellent choice for clients seeking one-stop-shop representation. With the additional expertise in appeal proceedings and enforcement proceedings involving US Customs and Border Protection, the team remains one of the most attractive choices in the market. The practice also has an excellent track record of securing wins in innovative investigations. Key contacts include Gregory Arovas in New York and Gregg LoCascio and Paul Brinkman in the Washington DC office. Helena Kiepura joined DLA Piper LLP (US) in June 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Arovas; Gregg LoCascio; Paul Brinkman

Testimonials

‘In my view, the team is very strong compared to any other law firm I have worked with on the patent side, and these firms have also been very good.’

‘They are very highly skilled people and have a good business evaluation.’

‘They deeply understand our technology and our firm. Provide well-argumented and practical advice and unique in terms of explaining the issues to us clients.’

‘They tend to always be ahead of the situation and have thought out and simulated all possible outcomes. Very well prepared.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains its position at the top of the private equity market, working for top buyout funds such as Bain Capital, Blackstone, and KKR, and continuing to expand its share of bulge-bracket work, both in terms of volume and industry penetration. The firm has seen an increase in work from the likes of Ares, Cerberus, and Brookfield, and handles domestic and cross-border transactions across buyouts, disposals, investments, and joint ventures, utilizing new and emerging deal structures such as SPAC arrangements and continuity buyouts between funds. The firm's global chair Jon Ballis remains an active dealmaker, regularly representing major sponsor clients such as Bain and KKR, while New York-based Eunu Chun is also a standout contributor. Also in New York, Peter Martelli is noted for his relationship with Blackstone, while Richard Campbell in Chicago is a go-to adviser for CD&R and a host of other key clients for major strategic deals. Corey Fox is an emerging talent in the market, and regularly advises Sun Capital on buyouts and strategic investments. Ted Frankel is also highlighted for his broad expertise across the PE space, running the firm's Thomas Lee Partners relationship and working on deals in the healthcare, tech, and automotive sectors, among others. Jonathan Benloulou is also recommended and divides his time between Los Angeles and Dallas. Brittany Sakowitz joined the Houston office from Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Ballis; Peter Martelli; Richard Campbell; Corey Fox; Ted Frankel; Eunu Chun; Jonathan Benloulou; Michael Woronoff; Brittany Sakowitz

Key clients

Apax Partners

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Blackstone Group

GTCR

KKR

Sun Capital Partners

Thoma Bravo

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP remains one of the most prominent names in private equity fund formation, advising a stable of clients that includes some of the industry's largest players, such as Thoma Bravo, KKR, and GTCR among others. The firm is particularly notable for its large global footprint and experience in cross-border matters, a recent example of which was Erica Berthou's advice to Antin Infrastructure Partners on its fourth fund, which is a Euro fund that is looking to focus on the US market; it recently reached its €6.5bn hard cap. The practice is led by John O’Neil, who is particularly recommended for complex operational issues such as investor defaults and spin-outs, as well as high-pressure crisis situations, having been a founding member of the firm's funds crisis management group. Andrew Wright is a key figure for high-value fund formations, and Nicole Washington is also building a strong profile in this area, having recently advised KKR on the formation of its first open-end private equity vehicle. Katrina Rowe remains one to watch, handling a wide range of operational matters. Notable figures from the Chicago office include the highly-experienced Bruce Ettelson, and Katie St. Peters, who advises on fund formation as well as operational issues.

Practice head(s):

John O’Neil

Other key lawyers:

Erica Berthou; Andrew Wright; Nicole Washington; Katrina Rowe; Bruce Ettelson; Katie St. Peters

Testimonials

‘The team is absolutely great. Extremely proactive and responsive. Very knowledgeable. Always finds pragmatic solutions. The team always exceeds expectations.’

‘Andrew Wright is the best lawyer I ever worked with. He is extremely efficient, proactive, responsive and knowledgeable. Above all he is always in a good mood, with a nice sense of humour and very nice to work with. He heads a great team of lawyers who always delivers very good quality work and meets the deadlines.’

‘Erica Berthou is high energy, knows her stuff, reliable, good sense of judgment, pragmatic and very easy to deal with.’

‘KE has the broadest and deepest fund practice and client base of any firm in the world. They are able to provide bespoke advice and solutions grounded in an unparalleled amount of market data and experience in a very dynamic and proprietary market place. The funds group specifically works with us, and surely their other clients, across their entire business from fund formation to key transactions to internal governance to best practice investor relations to ensure our GP is seamlessly maximizing value, reputation and partner relationships.’

‘John O’Neil knows our founding team, our culture and strategic ambitions better than anyone and utilizes the full force of the KE platform to help us achieve those goals.’

‘Kelly Ryan has a breadth of experience across the entire real estate funds market place and adjacent considerations (founder considerations, strategic goals, GP governance etc. ) that cannot be compared to any other industry expert including other attorneys, bankers, placement agents or consultants. The trust his clients place in him, allow him to have the depth of knowledge and relationship that no one else has.’

‘Brett Saltzman is a tremendously innovative and creative funds attorney that can design an elegant solution to almost any LP or GP request or requirement.’

‘Peter Connelly is also tremendously innovative and creative across all aspects of fund formation and particularly GP and partnership formation.’

‘The Kirkland Team is the most impressive and has the most depth and reach of any law firm in the world.’

Every firm has leading lawyers. But K&E has the highest concentration of leading Funds lawyers, like Sean Hill in Boston.

Sean is a true partner. Sean is a great partner to his partners. Sean is a great partner to the clients. Sean is 24×7, will do anything for the client, and truly advocate. Sean will put the client’s best interests over his own personal interests. Sean is honest, real, and loyal to a T.

‘K&E has an industry leader PE funds practice. They not only have a material share of the market, but they have a tremendously deep bench of lawyers to assist clients in this space. They have excellent Partner engagement on matters and provide a very high level of client service.’

‘Jai Agrawal and Rob Blaustein are both first-rate lawyers and I’d highly recommend them. Jai is very bright and experienced, and he has a very calm and relaxed manner. This is particularly helpful in handling important negotiations, where emotions can run high. It seems like there is very little that he hasn’t seen, and his experience is very valuable. He and Rob are both available as needed, whether that be on weekends or weeknights. They are both very thoughtful and excellent at drafting documents.’

‘Great team across the board. Thought leaders in the industry and best in class sense of market changes and evolution. Responsive and tireless work ethic.’

‘John Muno – Terrific leader, amazing market knowledge and encyclopedia like understanding of all aspects on fund legal issues.’

Kevin Wessel – Great up and coming professional. Outstanding legal skills, tireless work ethic, and works well across the table.

‘For depth, breadth and firepower, K&E is nonpareil in the fund space. Assuming budget is not an issue, they have a tool for every problem.’

‘Ability to execute and find solutions. Commercial and fun to work with.’

‘Kirkland & Ellis practically invented this area of the law and now has more years of experience, a larger team of experts and greater geographic coverage than other firms.’

‘Unusually extensive experience and commitment to General Partner representation almost solely. John Muno (Chicago office) and Katie St. Peters (Chicago office) are standouts.’

‘Excellent lawyers, commercial in thinking and deal oriented. They get the deal done efficiently and responsively. They have a huge market share of PE sponsors so they are very experienced.’

‘David Sherman – Extremely smart, commercial and a quick thinker – he operates on a whole different level. He is a joy to work with. Paul Watt – An excellent lawyer and trusted advisor.’

Key clients

Thoma Bravo LLC

KKR

Antin Infrastructure Partners

GTCR

Francisco Partners

Clearlake Capital Partners

AEA Investors

Madison Dearborn Partners

Vista Equity Partners

Energy Capital Partners

STG Partners

GI Partners

Real estate Tier 1

Superb in its knowledge and capabilities’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP targets high-end private equity sponsors, major pension organizations and sovereign wealth funds, among other institutional investors, supporting them on fund formation, debt restructuring, recapitalization, fundraising and structuring mandates. In New York, Jonathan Schechter is a specialist in joint venture formations, sales and dispositions, real estate-related mergers and major developments while Christopher Hartmann focuses on preferred equity investments and financing affairs. Over in Chicago, Rachel Brown is recommended for workouts, venture formation, sales and acquisition, and Robert Keane in Los Angeles is a name to note for reorganizations and equity investments. Kevin Ehrhart in Los Angeles has experience in handling capital investment towards real estate assets and operating companies. The group counts the industrial and logistics sectors among its chief areas of focus, recently acting for Oak Street Real Estate Capital on several major distribution center transactions. Additional sectors of activity include mainstream and specialized asset classes such as student housing, medical, data center, gaming, hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Schechter; Andrew Small; Rachel Brown; Kevin Ehrhart

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hartmann; Robert Keane; Daniel Perlman; Scott Berger

Testimonials

‘They have integrated themselves into our team and have been one of the leading forces behind our company’s success over the past few years.’

‘The K&E real estate practice is superb in knowledge and capabilities. We have found the K&E real estate team to be practical and efficient.’

‘K&E has been instrumental in closing numerous highly technical qualified opportunity zone transactions for our firm. These JVs inevitably involve unique circumstances related to the development project, the underlying land or our operating partner. K&E is creative and solution oriented and has succeeded in all cases to find paths to get the deal done.’

‘Robert Keane is one of the top real estate attorneys on the West Coast. The availability, practicality and responsiveness of Robert is amazing.’

Key clients

Starwood Capital Group & Starwood Property Trust

GLP Capital Partners

KKR & Co. Inc.

Blackstone Real Estate

TPG Real Estate Partners

Apollo Global Management

Core Spaces

Dune Real Estate Partners

Elad Genesis Limited Partnership

GID Investment Advisers

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Hudson Pacific Properties

Lubert-Adler Partners

Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Oak View Group

Oaktree Capital Management

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC

QuadReal Property Group Limited Partnership

Stonehenge Partners

Toll Brothers

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a go-to team for all forms of complex financial and operational restructurings and insolvency proceedings. The group has a proven track record acting on behalf of domestic and multinational corporations experiencing financial difficulties; lenders or creditors in contentious restructurings; and private equity or hedge funds looking to take stakes in distressed companies. The team is able to draw upon the expertise of its lawyers in the wider securities and debt finance, tax, real estate, litigation and intellectual property groups to assist with all aspects of the most challenging restructuring matters. Edward Sassower leads the practice group from the New York office, which also includes Joshua Sussberg and Jonathan Henes. James Sprayregen, who has extensive experience advising boards of directors, splits his time between the New York and Chicago offices, as does respected practitioner Anup Sathy.

Practice head(s):

Edward Sassower

Other key lawyers:

Anup Sathy; James Sprayregen; Jonathan Henes; Joshua Sussberg

Key clients

Anna Holdings, Inc.

Arena Energy

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Denbury Resources, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc.

Forever 21

Frontier Communications Corporation

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Intelsat S.A.

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.

McDermott International, Inc.

Murray Energy Holdings Co.

Neiman Marcus

Oasis Petroleum

Ultra Petroleum

Valaris plc

Tailored Brands, Inc.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Windstream Holdings, Inc.

Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been a prominent force in securities cases for many years, and in the last ten years it has significantly boosted the volume of work for high-profile corporate clients and private equity firms. In its recent work, the practice has shown its ability to handle precedent-setting matters, a recent example being a victory for Pitney Bowes which created new law governing how the application of the stay of discovery in state court; the result of that case could stem the flow of spurious filings seeking discovery. Sandra Goldstein and up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson in New York led that matter, successfully arguing the motion to stay and the motions to dismiss the securities and derivative suits. Goldstein leads the practice along with Mark Filip in Chicago, who is currently representing Wynn Resorts in state and federal derivative cases and federal securities class actions arising from allegations of sexual misconduct by the company's former CEO. Another key practitioner is Joshua Rabinovitz in Washington DC, who has more than 20 years' experience and is known for his prowess in the courtroom.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Goldstein; Mark Filip

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Atkinson; Joshua Rabinovitz

Key clients

3G Capital, Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

The Boeing Company

Exelon Corporation

Fanhua Inc.

GrubHub, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.

Hecla Mining Company

Juul Labs, Inc.

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Six Flags Entertainment

Sycamore Partners

Wynn Resorts

Xerox Corporation

Shareholder activism Tier 1

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.

Other key lawyers:

Shaun Mathew; Edward Lee; Daniel Wolf; Sarkis Jebejian; Eric Schiele

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Callon Petroleum Company

Nikola Corp.

Thoma Bravo

Steiner Leisure / L Catterton

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

Taubman Centers, Inc.

Tenneco Inc.

Technology transactions Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's IP technology and transactions lawyers form an integral part of the firm's overall corporate and transactional offering. The comprehensive practice offers strong support on all forms of technological commercialization, including outsourcing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing agreements and collaborations. The lawyers are also extremely active in finance, tax, restructuring and corporate work, and have been involved in over 1,200 M&A deals in the past five years. Key partners include IP commercialization and licensing expert Neil Hirshman and Seth Traxler, who also leads the firm's data security and privacy practice. Matthew Lovell and San Francisco-based John Lynn are also very active in this area. All partners based in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hirshman; Seth Traxler; Mathew Lovell; John Lynn

Key clients

Accenture

Ares

Avaya Inc.

Boeing

Charter Communications

Bain Capital Tech Opportunities

Grubhub Inc.

Madison Dearborn Partners

Motive Partners

Donuts Inc.

Silver Lake Partners

Sixth Street Partners

Genius Sports

United Airlines

Valence Media Partners

Zebra Technologies Corporation

MDSL/Sumeru

Omnitracks

Vista Equity Partners

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

The multidisciplinary Kirkland & Ellis LLP practice stands out for its broad coverage of trade secrets litigation. The firm has particular expertise in technology-related matters, as well as large competitor cases. The strong trial practice also has significant cross-border experience and can draw from the firm’s international presence. The deep bench of IP, trademark, tech and litigation specialists includes Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Adam Alper, who are recognised for patent and IP litigation; Dale Cendali in New York, who leads the copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group; and Gianni Cutri in Chicago, who focuses on high-tech IP and commercial litigation, as well as post-grant review proceedings, data protection issues and privacy matters. Also active in the area is New York-based Joshua Simmons.

Other key lawyers:

Dale Cendali; Claudia Ray; Diana Torres; Gregg LoCascio; Adam Alper; Michael De Vries; Craig Primis; Gianni Cutri; Joshua Simmons

Testimonials

‘The team are true trial lawyers and strategize with this in mind.’

‘Mike De Vries personally ensures that my questions are answered and I feel comfortable with the case strategy. He has always already considered aspects I might bring up with his team and has a logical answer ready.’

Key clients

Inventus Power

Medidata Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

TriZetto

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Comet Technologies

LivePerson

Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.

JELD-WEN, Inc.

MGI Holding Company, L.P.

Zoox, Inc.

Dollar Shave Club

MercuryGate International, Inc.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is rated for its deep bench and strong international reputation, working on many of the most high-profile transactions and restructurings taking place in the market. Jointly led by New York-based Dean Shulman and Todd Maynes in Chicago, the tax department has handled the majority of the largest corporate bankruptcies in the past year, acting for a variety of high-profile retailers, telecoms providers and airline operators, among other clients. In addition, the team is regularly involved in major acquisitions, debt financings and fund formation matters, working closely with the firm’s corporate and finance departments. In the New York office, Sara Zablotney is recommended for her broad experience in corporate transactions, securities deals, and bankruptcies. Also based in New York, Mike Beinus maintains a varied investor client base, including REITs, private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds. Looking to the Midwest, Mike Carew and Gregory Gallagher in Chicago are noted for their broad transactional experience. Mark Schwed joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Michael Masri from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Houston-based Richard Husseini was a new arrival in August 2021 from Baker Botts L.L.P..

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Dean Shulman

Other key lawyers:

Sara Zablotney; Mike Beinus; Gregory Gallagher; Mike Carew; Richard Husseini

Key clients

Abbvie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV)

Ares Management Corporation

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Danaher Corporation

Frontier Communications

Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB)

Macy’s, Inc.

United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UAL)

Vista Equity Partners

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a sizeable debt offering practice, in large part driven by corporate and private equity transactions, and a significant market share of refinancings, restructurings and distressed deals; M&A, private equity and restructurings are, of course, areas of strength for the firm, globally. The firm is better recognized for its corporate issuer and private equity issuer relationships. Sophia Hudson has made a significant impression in investment grade and convertible debt offerings, while Joshua Korff continues to stand out in frequent issuer-side engagements from corporates and private equity houses. Richard Aftanas joined Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Sophia Hudson; Joshua Korff; Christian Nagler; Robert Hayward

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's capital markets group works hand-in-hand with the firm's market-leading private equity and restructuring teams; indeed, much of the work in this space is driven by private equity houses and their portfolio companies, along with businesses in financial distress. While the firm is better known for debt offerings, especially high-yield debt for issuers, it does also maintain a steady pipeline of equity deals. The firm is also noted for equity offerings by SPACs, a recent example of which was its advice to Equity Distribution Acquisition Corp on its IPO in 2020. New York partner Joshua Korff is active in equity and debt offerings, including hybrid products; he led the team that advised PetSmart on a rare mandatory exchangeable trust, involving a series of liability management transactions and an IPO of Chewy, its previously wholly-owned subsidiary. Sophia Hudson is an emerging talent with a solid record in bulge-bracket offerings. Richard Aftanas left for Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Korff; Christian Nagler; Sophia Hudson; Robert Hayward

Cartel Tier 2

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields expertise in government investigations defense across a wide range of industries, including air cargo, pharmaceutical, auto parts, and agriculture. The group combines FTC and DOJ know-how with a longstanding track record in navigating international investigations; its specialists in this space are located in offices across the country. Stationed in the firm's Chicago hub, home to the firm's key cartel-savvy attorneys, James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin complement their personal litigation practices with investigation mandates. Mutchnik especially excels at guiding clients through domestic and international cartel investigations, particularly allegations of price-fixing, monopolization and price discrimination. Other names to note are Chicago-based Christa Cottrell and Washington DC-based Andrea Murino, the latter of whom joined in January 2021 from Goodwin. Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Other key lawyers:

James Mutchnik; Daniel Laytin; Christa Cottrell; Andrea Murino

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

BASF

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

The Clemens Food Group

Delphi Technologies PLC

Essendant, Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

Jeld-Wen

Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a long history of advising clients in the energy industry and has represented large US energy companies before all major federal and state agencies including the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Securities & Exchange Commission. In addition to agency proceedings, the litigation team has in-depth experience representing clients before state and federal courts, appeals courts, international courts, and arbitration panels. Houston-based Anna Rotman heads up the practice and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations. Daniel Donovan in Washington DC and Richard Godfrey in Chicago are also recommended in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Anna Rotman

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

American Jereh

Bayou City Energy

BP plc and affiliates (e.g. BP America, Inc.)

Cheniere Energy

Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C.

Chesapeake Exploration

Energy Capital Partners

Energy Transfer Partners

EXCO Resources, Inc.

Extraction Oil & Gas

Harvest Oil & Gas Corp. (f/k/a EV Energy Partners, L.P.)

Legacy Reserves LP

MEG Energy Corp.

Parker Drilling Company

Primexx Energy Partners Ltd.

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

Total E&P USA, Inc.; Rio Tinto; Total Specialties USA, Inc.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Environment: litigation Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents clients across the entire spectrum of environmental disputes. The team is adept at handling multi-party trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts across the country, including in the Supreme Court. Receiving robust support from the firm's litigation-focused practice, the environmental team is sought out for assistance with cases involving contaminated property, indemnity issues, Superfund regulations and mass torts. Chicago-based Andrew Langan and Kevin Van Wart are skilled at handling class action lawsuits involving mass tort. Andrew Running, who also sits in the Chicago office, is a contact for claims involving the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Langan; Andrew Running; Kevin Van Wart

Key clients

BP America Inc.

City of Chicago

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Gavin Power LLC

General Motors Co.

Hilco Redevelopment LLC

Kinder Morgan Inc.

Murray Energy Corp.

PennEast Pipeline Co.

PES Holdings LLC

Merger control Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains an active merger control practice which stands out in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, as well as large-scale merger defense before the DOJ, FTC, and state attorneys general. The team is also accomplished in handling related litigation and regulatory investigations. The firm's private equity clients are a regular source of merger control work, with the team routinely advising the likes of Ares and Bain Capital, and their portfolio companies on merger issues. Additionally, the team is entrusted with business-critical transactions, with standouts in 2020 including two major deals in the pharma sector: AbbVie's $63bn acquisition of Allergan, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's $90bn purchase of Celgene. Matthew Reilly is a key name in the merger control practice, and led advice on the AbbVie and Bristol-Myers Squibb representations. New York-based Ian John heads up the firm's transactional antitrust practice and has experience appearing before the regulatory agencies. Marin Boney specializes in merger review and investigation proceedings before the FTC and DOJ, and New York's Katherine Rocco is noted for her capabilities in managing large-scale domestic and cross-border investigations, as well as representing clients in complex merger litigation. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Reilly; Ian John; Katherine Rocco; Marin Boney

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie, Inc.

Ares

Bain Capital

Huntsman Corporation

Fortive Corporation

Olympus Partners/Liqui-Box Corporation

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Bristow Group

The Blackstone Group

Outsourcing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP fields a strong outsourcing team with experience of negotiating transactions in several key industry sectors, including media and professional services, though the team has been most active in the healthcare sector. Contacts in the team include Neil Hirshman and Gregg Kirchhoefer, who have extensive expertise in tech transactions and commercial deals. Also recommended are recently promoted partner Todd Herst, Shellie Freedman in the New York office, and Aaron Lorber, all of whom have been active in negotiating outsourcing arrangements, joint ventures, and IP licensing deals. Named lawyers are based in Chicago unless stated otherwise.

Other key lawyers:

Neil Hirshman; Gregg Kirchhoefer; Todd Herst; Shellie Freedman; Aaron Lorber

Key clients

Accenture

Continental Casualty Company

Equinox Media

Health Care Service Corporation

Huron Consulting

R1 RCM

Patents: licensing Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers longstanding experience in advising licensors and licensees on high-stakes licensing agreements. Often involved in patent matters that form a part of wider contracts, such as joint development agreements, supply agreements, or service and technical assistance agreements, the group brings a business-focused approach to its licensing practice. Its additional expertise in patent portfolio management and monetization, for example through the set-up of licensing programmes, joint ventures, divestitures or buy-outs, is a further asset. The pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and software sectors provide particularly busy streams of work. Key contacts include David MacDonald in New York and Chicago's Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman, Russell Levine and Adam Petravicius, and John Lynn in San Francisco. Matthew Colman left for an in-house position at Syntellis in September 2020 while Sarah Schaedler joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in the same month. In April 2020, Kate Withers joined Latham & Watkins LLP, followed by Sam Hong's departure to Perkins Coie LLP in May 2020.

Other key lawyers:

David MacDonald; Seth Traxler; Neil Hirshman; Adam Petravicius; Russell Levine

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

Danaher Corporation

McDermott International

Open Invention Network

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has experience in class actions, multidistrict litigations, defect and recall investigations and appeals as well as environmental issues. Washington DC-based Mike Brock is a key figure in the team, who represents clients from the life sciences, automotive and energy sectors, while senior litigator Renee Smith in Chicago acts for steel manufacturers and tobacco clients, among others. Andrew McGaan in Chicago continues to be an eminent lawyer in this space.

Other key lawyers:

Mike Brock; Renee Smith; Andrew McGaan

Key clients

JUUL Labs

Kobe Steel, Ltd.

Omega Flex

Wayfair LLC

Woodstream Corporation

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Allergan

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP takes on a leading role in a wide array of product liability and mass tort matters, for example serving as national counsel and lead trial counsel on behalf of BASF Catalysts LLC in a series of asbestos-related product liability cases. The team is experienced in mass tort matters, including multidistrict litigations, class actions and defect or recall investigations. Richard Godfrey, who has four decades of experience, and nationally recognized trial attorney Andrew McGaan are key lawyers in the Chicago office, while Mike Brock in Washington has served as trial counsel for a variety of industry leading clients.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Godfrey; Andrew McGann; Mike Brock

Key clients

Alere Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

BASF Catalysts

City of Chicago

JUUL Labs

Huntsman International LLC

Syngenta Corporation

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brueck; Sarkis Jebejian

Other key lawyers:

David Perechocky; Bruce Gelman

Testimonials

‘The Kirkland team provides everything I would expect from not just legal counsel but a true advisor – thoughtful, unbiased, well-reasoned advice, ‘always available’ service at all levels and truly top-quality team members who are great to work and spend time with.’

‘I would repeat the qualities I describe above while drawing particular attention to Michael Brueck and David Perechocky.’

‘Bruce Gelman is the strength, he is very responsive, has answers immediately instead of requiring lots of research time and layers of review, and business-friendly. He comes up with solutions, not just a ‘No, you can’t do that.’

‘Kirkland’s REIT practice is superb; the vast M&A experience in the firm really benefits the REIT practice. They have been in the middle of all of the big, complicated deals. They understand how to adapt the traditional corporate framework of public companies to the practical world of real estate companies.’

‘Michael Brueck is one of the most talented attorneys I have worked with; his ability to quickly synthesize information and to react/respond with a fulsome analysis is a great strength.’

Key clients

Ventas

Taubman Centers

GLP Pte. Ltd.

TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.

Gramercy Property Trust

Starwood Capital Group

Ladder Capital

Equity Lifestyle Properties

CareTrust REIT

Hudson Pacific Properties

Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Kirkland & Ellis LLP stands out for its asset finance and securitization expertise, with a particularly active practice centering on public and rule 144A offerings. Lawyers advise on a wide variety of asset classes, including vehicle loans, leases and floorplan assets, trade receivables, commercial loans, healthcare and credit card receivables, for a predominantly issuer-side client-base. Jointly leading the team from Chicago are asset securitization experts Jeffrey O’Connor and of counsel Kenneth Morrison; while Janette McMahan co-leads in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey O’Connor; Janette McMahan; Kenneth Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Joel Weinberger; Rudgee Charles

Key clients

Carvana, LLC

United Airlines Holdings, Inc.

Barclays Capital

Deere & Company/John Deere Capital Corporation

Hyundai Capital America

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Navistar Financial Corporation

NextGear Capital, Inc

World Omni Financial Corp.

Wyndham Destinations

Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is widely known for representing marquee clients in strategic disputes and high-stakes litigation involving complex trademark and fair use cases, as well as related matters concerning trade secrets and unfair competition. Based in New York, practice head Dale Cendali frequently represents clients in sectors such as fashion and clothing, major media and entertainment corporations, and the tech industry. Specifically, Cendali is highly regarded for her work for clients in the Hollywood market. The team based in Los Angeles is headed by Claudia Ray and Diana Torres, who are both highly experienced representing clients in arbitration; however, both have a track record arguing cases for major media and publishing companies in appellate and federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Ray; Diana Torres

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

BASF Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Club Champion LLC

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EagleView Technologies

Heineken International B.V. et. al.

Hospira, Inc.

Intel Corporation

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Sony Corporation of America

Syngenta Corporation

US taxes: contentious Tier 2

As a leading firm in the restructuring space globally, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s tax controversy team is exceptionally strong in handling contentious insolvency mandates, including recent FICA tax refunds, property tax disputes, and IRS disputes concerning NOL offsets. Co-head Todd Maynes is the key practitioner here, whereas co-head Natalie Keller leads on state- and federal-level audits, subsequent US tax court appeals, and transfer pricing disputes, largely for automotive, technology, healthcare and life sciences companies. JoAnne Nagjee focuses on SALT controversies, from audits to administrative appeals. Premier US airlines are regularly represented in disputes concerning the tax treatment of services. Houston-based Richard Husseini was a new arrival in August 2021. Unless stated otherwise, named lawyers are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Todd Maynes; Natalie Keller

Other key lawyers:

JoAnne Nagjee; Richard Husseini

Key clients

Horsehead Corporation

Kinder Morgan Inc.

E-discovery Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s ‘highly sophisticated team of e-discovery specialists is adept at dealing with emerging technologies many firms have not even encountered’. Bringing together expertise across its strong global office network, the firm is especially well placed to handle resource-heavy cross-border matters for international clients. Areas of strength include litigation, data-retention policies and data management, privacy and e-discovery strategies. The team is headed by James Mutchnik and Mark Premo-Hopkins in Chicago and Michelle Six in New York, the last of whom has been recommended by clients and peers for commercial litigation, product liability cases, antitrust matters and internal and government investigations.

Practice head(s):

James Mutchnik; Mark Premo-Hopkins; Michelle Six

Testimonials

‘If Kirkland is involved, it goes without saying that the clients are sophisticated and the stakes high’.

‘The differentiation Kirkland has employed at every level is unique and highly benefits the client’. 

‘While the e-discovery team is very integrated into the case teams, they have a separate set of expertise and spend their time focused on data issues’.

‘Michelle Six is a top-notch expert with a gentle approach, who can coax the most reluctant executive into feeling comfortable doing what the court requires’.

‘Kirkland respects the expertise of internal and external e-discovery experts and understands that e-discovery strategy is a critical component of litigation strategy’. 

‘Michelle Six provides a balanced, practical approach to e-discovery’.

‘Michelle Six understands client needs and does a good job of providing advice without placing too great of a burden on the in-house team’.

‘Michelle Six understands the complexities of e-discovery and is very competent’.

Energy regulation: conventional power Tier 3

Acting for private investors and financiers, power generators, industry groups and utilities, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is very experienced in handling regulatory permitting and compliance matters relating to debt and equity financing, M&A and bankruptcy matters. In this regard, the team is often acting in conjunction with colleagues in other of the firm's market-leading practice groups. In addition to transactional work, the group is also involved in FERC enforcement matters. Contacts in Washington DC include Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who has been singled out by clients as an 'intellectual and legal powerhouse'.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Testimonials

‘Our company and I had the most positive experience working with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Robert Fleishman, our lead attorney at the firm on the energy regulatory and compliance matters. Robert is an example of what a really good attorney should be. He is always responsive and on top of issues, tasks, and timeline. 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. Robert has consistently demonstrated very high ethical standards in his interaction with us and he puts interests of a client above his own.’

Key clients

Apple Energy

KKR

GSO Capital Partners LP

Vistra Energy Corporation

Calpine Corporation

ETRACOM

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Terra Form Power, Inc.

Kindle Energy LLC

Longview Power LLC

TRC Companies, Inc.

Cypress Creek Renewables

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT)

Talen Energy

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation

Advancing Contracting in Energy Storage (ACES) Working Group

Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 3

Praised for its 'first-hand knowledge of market trends' and 'first-rate technical skills', Kirkland & Ellis LLP is able to 'secure favorable transactional terms' for its private equity-focused client base on their investments in the renewable/alternative energy sector. Indeed, the firm has been the welcome beneficiary of the increased appetite, driven in part by ESG considerations, of core institutional fund clients, including KKR and Blackstone, to deploy capital in renewable projects. In addition to advising sponsors on acquisitions and divestitures in the sector, including on many large utility-scale wind and solar projects, the firm is also increasingly active for the credit arms of private equity firms, including GSO Capital Partners, as alternative lenders in the space. Washington DC-based team head Rohit Chaudhry excels at structuring complex single-asset and portfolio debt financing arrangements on both the debtor and creditor side, including work for a number of non-bank lenders.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Other key lawyers:

Roald Nashi; Brian Greene; Kelann Stirling; Scott Cockerham; Olivia George; Osaro Aifuwa

Testimonials

‘The firm is a market leader, with first-hand knowledge of market trends and practice, together with first-rate technical legal skills, to advocate for clients and secure favorable transaction terms.’

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Cypress Creek Renewables

EIG

Energy Capital Partners

EQT

Fidelis Infrastructure

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

ING Capital

Investec

KKR

Macquarie

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

True Green Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

Financial services litigation Tier 3

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is well regarded for handling financial services litigation and investigations and enforcement proceedings by the FTC, DOJ, SEC and CFTC, as well as other regulators. The practice is frequently involved in shareholder class actions related to M&A transactions, representing clients at both the state and federal level; it is particularly active in the Delaware courts. Sandra Goldstein leads on many of the team's shareholder disputes, and Mark Filip recommended for enforcement work. Among its highlights, the team advised Goldman Sachs on a DOJ investigation related to the 1MDB scandal, and also represented JP Morgan in investigations into alleged manipulation of the precious metals and treasuries markets. Zachary Brez, a former SEC attorney, advises clients on anti-money laundering risk issues.

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Goldstein; Gabor Balassa; Zachary Brez; Mark Filip

Key clients

3G Capital

Arclight Capital Partners

BC Partners

Complete Merchant Solutions, LLC

H.I.G. Capital Management, Inc.

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Ovation Partners, LP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sun Capital Partners Litigation

UBS Securities; UBS AG, London Branch

Vista Equity Partners

Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Cantigny Foundation

Goldman Sachs

Leading trial lawyers Tier 3

Sandra Goldstein - Kirkland & Ellis LLP Based in New York, Sandra Goldstein is well known across the US for securities and M&A litigation. Recently, she represented the special committee of the board of directors of Taubman Centers in litigation arising from the termination of Simon Property Group's $9.8bn merger and joint venture with the client. In the securities space, Goldstein is handling numerous high value disputes for clients including Honeywell and 3G Capital.

Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 3

Led by seasoned litigator Dale Cendali, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a leading force in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, particularly in the video game industry. The team advises major video game publishers such as Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive Software on a full range of disputes, including on niche allegations of infringement such as the dance steps used in a game and tattoos featured on certain characters in video games. Also recommended in the team are New York-based Claudia Ray, who has assisted Cendali on several disputes, and Diana Torres in Los Angeles, another key contact for IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Dale Cendali

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Ray; Diana Torres

Key clients

Association of American Publishers

Epic Games, Inc.

Fox News Network LLC

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Thomson Reuters

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP defends vehicle, automobile, parts and component manufacturers in a wide variety of putative class actions, as well as in multidistrict litigation. The team is also involved in high-profile environmental issues, representing General Motors LLC in a dispute surrounding allegations of the use of Volkswagen-type ‘defeat device’ software. Mike Brock in Washington D.C. who has tried product liability cases for automobile manufacturers as well as pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, is a key figure in the team. Chicago-based Leslie Smith focuses on the areas of pharmaceutical, class action and consumer fraud litigation and is also a name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Smith; Mike Brock; Michael Williams; Andrew McGaan

Key clients

General Motors

Polaris Industries

ZF-TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP acts as national or regional counsel in cases involving serious personal injuries and product-threatening claims, including high-profile class actions and MDLs. The firm is also active in disputes related to recalls and the alleged misrepresentations of risk for third party payers. The team includes New York-based Jay Lefkowitz, who is known as a go-to trial and appellate lawyer in the life sciences industry, and renowned lawyer Mike Brock.

Other key lawyers:

Jay Lefkowitz; Mike Brock

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a reputation for handling litigation and ADR in relation to large-scale construction projects. In addition to representing construction and engineering companies in contentious matters, including defective engineering, building collapse and project delays, the team also advises on contract negotiation and drafting. Contacts in the team include Jeffrey Willian, who splits his time between New York and Chicago, and Hariklia Karis, an experienced litigator in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Willian; Hariklia Karis

Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is best known in this space for handling the regulatory aspects of corporate energy transactions and bankruptcy-related matters. Names to note in Washington DC include Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who have played key roles in Chapter 11 cases on behalf of clients including Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Ultra Petroleum Corp, and Gulfport Energy Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Key clients

Gulfport Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Hilcorp Alaska

Brookfield Super-Core Infrastructure Partners

CNX Resources Corp.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Whiting Petroleum Corp.

LyondellBasell

Freeport LNG

Oasis Petroleum Corp.

TPG Capital

Philadelphia Energy Solutions and PES Energy

Extraction Oil & Gas

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 4

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents market-leading pharmaceutical companies,  biotechnology companies and start-ups, as well as private equity and venture capital investors in all core segments of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Jointly led by James Hurst in Chicago and New York-based trial and appellate lawyer Jay Lefkowitz, the litigation group works in tandem with IP litigators Patricia Carson and Leora Ben-Ami to handle patent infringement matters, antitrust actions brought by both government and private plaintiffs and large-scale product liability cases and class actions. The practice group also has experience advising on joint ventures and equity investments, development agreements, and university and government license arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Jay Lefkowitz; James Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Carson; Leora Ben-Ami

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Abbvie Inc.

Allergan plc

Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp. II

Association for Accessible Medicines

Bristol-Myers Squibb

International trade Tier 4

In the words of a client, Kirkland & Ellis LLP stands out for its ‘very solid grasp of the US and European legal framework relating to international sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption’. Indeed, the practice is a top choice for all aspects of sanctions compliance and export control. In addition, it also focuses on assisting clients with obtaining CFIUS approval for their investments in the technology, defense, and hospitality and travel sectors, among others; Ivan Schlager (Washington DC) is a key practitioner in this space, having joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June 2020. Zachary Brez (New York) is adept at advising on the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mario Mancuso splits time between Washington DC and New York, and draws on his wealth of experience gained in the course of serving on the US President’s national security team. Clients also recommend Nick Niles in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Brez; Mario Mancuso; Ivan Schlager; Nick Niles; Sanjay Mullick; Anthony Rapa; Luci Hague

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely capable from a technical standpoint. They have a very solid grasp of the US and European legal framework relating to international sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption. Also, the team are extremely knowledgeable in guiding the client through complex analysis in terms of the broader implications of a particular transaction, including from a reputation perspective. The team also have a very clear understanding of standards and expectations from global institutional investors and private equity firms and experience spanning the US, Europe and Asia. The mix of capabilities beyond really set them apart from peers.’

‘Nick Niles is an extremely capable lawyer, but also a trusted advisor, who is able to understanding quickly extremely complex financial structures and niche industries. Nick is very practical and, in addition to simply spotting a problem, he is capable to identifying a course of action and does not shy away from taking a position. This is a very powerful skill set and we certainly value very much his advice.’

Key clients

Apax Partners LLP

Dassault Systèmes

GrubHub Inc.

Hitachi Ltd.

TripAdvisor Inc.

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

In the words of a satisfied client, Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses ‘a great bench of lawyers’ who are ‘experts at brief writing as well as at appellate argument and everything in between’; this praise was echoed in conversations with all peers. Certainly, the team provides a full range of appellate law services, including strategic counseling and constitutional litigation, but it is particularly renowned for its work in the US Supreme Court. In this space, the ‘deep experience’ of former Solicitor General Paul Clement certainly stands out, with his track record of arguments in over 100 high-profile Supreme Court cases. Of recent note, Clement led a team including the well-known Erin Murphy on defeating the government and scoring a decisive 8-1 victory, convincing the US Supreme Court to reverse a lower federal court’s ruling and side with the petitioner in Moda Health Plan, Inc. v United States, a case raising questions regarding the interpretation of the Affordable Care Act. The department is equally efficient in the lower state and federal courts; it prides itself on having scored over 70 wins all over the country. Clients single out John O’Quinn (‘excellent at argument’) and William Burgess (‘a phenomenal brief writer’), a highly successful duo known for their IP litigation work at the Federal Circuit. George Hicks achieved a victory at the Fifth Circuit, where he argued for Westmoreland Coal Company in a case concerning healthcare obligations under the federal Coal Act. Apart from its distinguished presence in Washington DC, the firm also has notable appellate firepower in New York, where Jay Lefkowitz specializes in areas including corporate and product liability litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Clement; Erin Murphy; George Hicks; John O’Quinn; William Burgess; Jay Lefkowitz

Testimonials

‘The appellate team at K&E has a great bench of lawyers that have a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of the federal courts.  They have lawyers that are experts at brief writing as well as at appellate argument and everything in between.  They have intimate knowledge of the workings of the courts and the preferences and personalities of the judges.’

‘The Kirkland & Ellis appellate team has truly great expertise in US Supreme Court practice (such as through Paul Clement and Erin Murphy). They are incredible brief writers and bring value to the team throughout the matter, even before it is on appeal.’ 

‘In this practice, the people are the key. They are exceptionally talented. They also work collaboratively with the client.’

‘John O’Quinn and William Burgess were an excellent team. William is a phenomenal brief writer and John is excellent at argument.’

‘Paul Clement’s deep experience with the US Supreme Court (in terms of arguing more cases than others) brings a real competitive advantage.’ 

‘Erin Murphy has developed her expertise through her US Supreme Court clerkship and oral argument experience before the Court.’

‘They hire and train really excellent lawyers and I highly value their expertise.’

Key clients

DirecTV

Dominion Energy

IBM

Facebook

LS Power

Moda Health Health Plan LLC

Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball

PennEast Pipeline Co.

TransUnion

Walmart

Commercial lending

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is an outstanding firm for borrower-side advice, ranking at the very top of the tables both for deal count and transaction value. The debt finance team is integrated into the private equity practice, and as such, it routinely acts for some of the most prominent private equity sponsors in the market; KKR, The Carlyle Group and Apax Partners all consult the firm for advice on their most important transactions. The group also has a strong portfolio of corporate borrower clients, as shown by David Nemecek's recent work assisting Macy's Inc. with obtaining $4bn in addition liquidity in order to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Contacts in the New York office include Jay Ptashek, Eric Wedel and Melissa Hutson, while Linda MyersMichelle Kilkenney and Maureen Dixon are names to note in Chicago. 

Other key lawyers:

Linda Myers; Jay Ptashek; David Nemecek; Michelle Kilkenney; Maureen Dixon; Eric Wedel; Jason Kanner; Melissa Hutson

Key clients

Apax Partners

American Securities

Bain Capital Private Equity

The Carlyle Group

KKR & Co. Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.

Madison Dearborn Partners

Thomas H. Lee Partners

TPG Capital

Thoma Bravo

United Airlines

Warburg Pincus

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The government, regulatory and internal investigations team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted in particular for the governmental expertise of its attorneys. Indeed, many of the firm's leading names have previously worked in agencies such as the DOJ, SEC and FTC, as well as in the US Senate. Given its breadth of experience, the practice group is well placed to handle white-collar criminal defense matters and large multi-jurisdictional investigations for global Fortune 500 companies and individuals. Jointly heading the practice are Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel, both of whom work across the firm's Chicago and Washington DC offices. Filip is well versed in government investigations and litigation in a broad range of industries, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Goel focuses on securities enforcement and FCPA matters. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival several partners in Washington DC: Brian Benczkowski re-joined the firm from the DOJ in September 2020, and in December 2020, Reginald Brown, Daniel Chaudoin, Jeremy Dresner and Daniel Kearney joined from WilmerHale.

Practice head(s):

Mark Filip; Asheesh Goel

Other key lawyers:

Henry DePippo; Neil Eggleston; Mark Holscher; Bob Allen; Brigham Cannon; Lisa Madigan

Key clients

Allergan

The Boeing Company

Goldman Sachs

Nikola Motors

Pacific Gas & Electric

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Project finance

The team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has developed significantly in recent years; from having no project finance lawyers in 2017, the firm now has an expansive department capable of advising infrastructure funds, private equity investors, commercial banks and project sponsors on the financing of complex projects in the renewable energy, LNG and conventional power sectors. Rohit Chaudhry leads the team from the Washington DC office, which also includes Roald Nashi, who handles bank and bond financings, leveraged leases and tax structured financings. In New York, Kelann Brook Stirling handles energy-related M&A and tax equity investments. In addition to advising on US-based projects, the group, and Brian Greene in particular, assists with developments in Latin America and have recently advised on the development of an LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Rohit Chaudhry

Other key lawyers:

Roald Nashi; Brian Greene; Kelann Brook Stirling

Key clients

AES Capital AG

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

BCE-Mach

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Cypress Creek

EIG Global Energy Partners

Energy Capital Partners

EQT

Goldman Sachs

GSO Capital Partners

I Squared Capital

ING Capital

Investec

KKR

Longview Power

Macquarie Capital

MUFG

Nomura Corporate Funding Americas, LLC

Oaktree Capital Management

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

True Green Capital Management

Warburg Pincus

Kirkland & Ellis is a global law firm with 2,900 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 17 offices around the world: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, 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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Mr Bruce Ettelson  photo Mr Bruce Ettelson Bruce Ettelson, a partner and founder of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, focuses…
Mr Michael Falk  photo Mr Michael Falk Michael Falk advises clients in connection with executive and equity compensation, qualified…
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Mr Michael Foradas  photo Mr Michael Foradas Michael P. Foradas is a Fellow of the American College of Trial…
Mr Corey Fox  photo Mr Corey Fox Corey Fox is a partner in Kirkland’s corporate transactional group. His practice…
Mr Ted Frankel  photo Mr Ted Frankel Ted Frankel focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other strategically important transactions…
Mr Gregory Gallagher  photo Mr Gregory Gallagher Greg’s practice focuses primarily on domestic and international transactional tax matters. In…
Mr Bruce Gelman  photo Mr Bruce Gelman Tax partner with extensive experience advising fund sponsors and investors (both offshore…
Mr Douglas Gessner  photo Mr Douglas Gessner Doug Gessner is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland &…
Mr Richard Godfrey  photo Mr Richard Godfrey Rick is a senior litigation partner who for over three decades has…
Mr Robert Goedert  photo Mr Robert Goedert Robert Goedert concentrates his practice in capital markets transactions and public company…
Mr Asheesh Goel  photo Mr Asheesh Goel Asheesh is co-head of Kirkland & Ellis’ government enforcement defense and internal…
Mr Christopher Greeno  photo Mr Christopher Greeno Christopher focuses his practice on leveraged acquisitions, recapitalizations, divestitures, growth equity investments,…
Mr Bryan Hales  photo Mr Bryan Hales Bryan Hales is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer with a focus on…
Mr Jeffrey Hammes  photo Mr Jeffrey Hammes
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Mr Ryan Harris  photo Mr Ryan Harris Ryan Harris is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland…
Mr John Hartmann  photo Mr John Hartmann John concentrates in shareholder and commercial litigation. He also handles white collar…
Mr Robert Hayward  photo Mr Robert Hayward Robert M. Hayward is a partner in the corporate transactional group, and…
Mr Brendan Head  photo Mr Brendan Head Brendan primarily represents buyout funds and their portfolio companies in domestic and…
Mr Todd Herst  photo Mr Todd Herst Todd Herst is an associate in Kirkland’s Chicago Technology & IP Transactions…
Ms Elizabeth Hess  photo Ms Elizabeth Hess Elizabeth Hess has broad experience representing clients in government enforcement defense and…
Mr Neil Hirshman  photo Mr Neil Hirshman Neil’s practice focuses on intellectual property and technology-related transactions, including outsourcing (business…
Ms Amanda Hollis  photo Ms Amanda Hollis Amanda Hollis is an intellectual property litigator and partner in Kirkland’s Chicago…
Mr Walter Holzer  photo Mr Walter Holzer Walt Holzer is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office focusing on complex…
Ms Vicki Hood  photo Ms Vicki Hood Vicki Hood is the most senior partner of the Firm’s Employee Benefits…
Mr James Hurst  photo Mr James Hurst Jim Hurst is a trial lawyer who serves on Kirkland’s Executive Committee.…
Mr Chad Husnick  photo Mr Chad Husnick Chad Husnick represents debtors, creditors, equity holders and other stakeholders in all…
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Mr Andrew Kassof  photo Mr Andrew Kassof Andrew Kassof is one of the leaders of Kirkland’s litigation practice and…
Ms Natalie Keller  photo Ms Natalie Keller Natalie Keller’s practice focuses on all aspects of tax controversies, including audits,…
Mr Marc Kieselstein  photo Mr Marc Kieselstein Marc Kieselstein has extensive experience in complex corporate restructurings, representing debtors and…
Ms Michelle Kilkenney  photo Ms Michelle Kilkenney Michelle focuses her practice on debt financing transactions and represents private equity…
Mr Gregg Kirchhoefer  photo Mr Gregg Kirchhoefer Gregg Kirchhoefer is a partner of Kirkland & Ellis where he founded…
Ms Sarah Kirson  photo Ms Sarah Kirson Sarah, a senior partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, has two decades…
Mr Robert Kopecky  photo Mr Robert Kopecky Represents leading U.S. corporations and professional firms, as well as their officers,…
Mr Ross Kwasteniet  photo Mr Ross Kwasteniet Ross Kwasteniet’s practice is focused on the representation of distressed companies in…
Mr Andrew Langan  photo Mr Andrew Langan Andy Langan has broad experience as litigation and trial counsel in a…
Mr Garret Leach  photo Mr Garret Leach Garret Leach is a nationally recognized first chair trial lawyer who focuses…
Mr Russell Levine  photo Mr Russell Levine Trial and ADR: patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters, disputes involving…
 William Levy photo William Levy Bill has spent over 30 years representing a wide range of clients…
Mr Daniel Lewis  photo Mr Daniel Lewis Dan Lewis is a partner in Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions Practice…
Mr Jeremy Liss  photo Mr Jeremy Liss Jeremy advises private equity funds, leading companies, family offices and business owners…
Mr Aaron Lorber  photo Mr Aaron Lorber Aaron Lorber is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago Technology & IP Transactions…
Mr Matthew Lovell  photo Mr Matthew Lovell Matthew Lovell is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago Technology & IP Transactions…
Mr Roger Lucas  photo Mr Roger Lucas Roger Lucas is a tax partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland…
Ms Lisa Madigan  photo Ms Lisa Madigan Lisa Madigan is a litigation partner in the Chicago office, with a…
Mr Todd Maynes  photo Mr Todd Maynes Todd Maynes focuses his practice on the tax aspects of bankruptcy and…
Ms Robin McCue  photo Ms Robin McCue Robin McCue is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office who specializes in…
Mr Andrew McGaan  photo Mr Andrew McGaan Andy McGaan is a nationally recognized trial lawyer: Fellow of the American…
Ms Alexandra Mihalas  photo Ms Alexandra Mihalas Alexandra Mihalas is a partner in the Firm’s employee benefits practice. Her…
Mr Lee Morlock  photo Mr Lee Morlock Lee Morlock focuses his practice on tax planning and transactional matters. He…
Mr Kenneth Morrison  photo Mr Kenneth Morrison Ken is a senior member of Kirkland’s dynamic Asset Finance & Securitization…
Mr John Muno  photo Mr John Muno John Muno is a partner in the Investment Funds Group. He focuses…
Mr Nadia Murad  photo Mr Nadia Murad Nadia Murad is a partner in the Investment Funds Group where her…
Mr Dennis Myers  photo Mr Dennis Myers Corporate partner Dennis Myers is a senior member of the Capital Markets…
Mrs Linda Myers  photo Mrs Linda Myers Linda Myers is a senior leader in Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice Group…
Mr JoAnne Nagjee  photo Mr JoAnne Nagjee As an of counsel in Kirkland’s Chicago office, JoAnne Mulder Nagjee focuses…
Mr Steven Napolitano  photo Mr Steven Napolitano Steve represents private equity funds, family offices and public and private corporations…
Mr Patrick Nash  photo Mr Patrick Nash Patrick represents clients in complex business reorganizations, troubled company mergers and acquisitions,…
Ms Kim Nemirow  photo Ms Kim Nemirow Kim Nemirow is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Group…
Ms Megan New  photo Ms Megan New Megan New is a trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office, where she…
Mr Emily Nicklin  photo Mr Emily Nicklin Emily Nicklin has been lead trial counsel in both jury and bench…
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Mr James Nowacki  photo Mr James Nowacki James N. Nowacki is Of Counsel to the Litigation Practice Group in…
Mr Gerald Nowak  photo Mr Gerald Nowak Gerald Nowak is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. He joined…
Mr Jeffrey O’Connor  photo Mr Jeffrey O’Connor Jeff O’Connor is a leader in the field of dealer floorplan, auto…
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Mr Reed Oslan  photo Mr Reed Oslan Reed Oslan is a litigation partner in our Chicago office.  Reed has…
Mr Paul Patrow  photo Mr Paul Patrow Paul is a tax partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland &…
Mr Sanford Perl  photo Mr Sanford Perl Sanford (Sandy) Perl serves as a lead advisor and counsel in complex…
Mr Daniel Perlman  photo Mr Daniel Perlman Daniel Perlman is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the…
Mr Adam Petravicius  photo Mr Adam Petravicius Adam Petravicius is an experienced technology and IP transactions attorney with substantial…
Mr Richard Porter  photo Mr Richard Porter Richard W. Porter is a corporate partner with a wide-ranging practice representing…
Mr Jeffrey Quinn  photo Mr Jeffrey Quinn Jeffrey Quinn is a partner in Kirkland’s employee benefits practice in the…
Mr Joshua Rabinovitz  photo Mr Joshua Rabinovitz Joshua Rabinovitz is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, where he…
Mr Matthew Regan  photo Mr Matthew Regan Matt Regan is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He has broad…
Mr Stephen Ritchie  photo Mr Stephen Ritchie Stephen Ritchie focuses on complex business transactions, with a particular emphasis on…
Mr Donald Rocap  photo Mr Donald Rocap Don’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of complex business transactions, including…
Mr James Rowe  photo Mr James Rowe James S. Rowe is a partner in the corporate transactional group with…
Mr Andrew Running  photo Mr Andrew Running Andrew R. Running has extensive experience in environmental, insurance, toxic tort and…
Mr Luke Ruse  photo Mr Luke Ruse Luke is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office with ten years of…
Mr Kelly Ryan  photo Mr Kelly Ryan Kelly Ryan is the global leader of Kirkland’s real estate funds practice,…
Mr Anup Sathy  photo Mr Anup Sathy Anup Sathy is a nationally recognized practitioner in matters relating to corporate…
Mr Mark Schneider  photo Mr Mark Schneider Mark focuses on representing businesses, their boards and executives in complex criminal,…
Ms Jessica Schultz  photo Ms Jessica Schultz Jessica Schultz is a real estate partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. Jessica…
Mr Jeffrey Seifman  photo Mr Jeffrey Seifman Complex business transactions and general corporate counseling, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures,…
Mr David Seligman  photo Mr David Seligman David concentrates his practice in all aspects of complex corporate restructuring and…
Mr Marcus Sernel  photo Mr Marcus Sernel Marc Sernel concentrates his practice on patent and other technology-related litigation with…
Mr Jeffrey Sheffield  photo Mr Jeffrey Sheffield Jeffrey Sheffield concentrates his practice in the areas of tax planning, mergers,…
Mr Andrew Small  photo Mr Andrew Small Andrew Small is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the…
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Mr Douglas Smith  photo Mr Douglas Smith Doug Smith has litigated cases at both the trial and appellate stage…
Ms Leslie Smith  photo Ms Leslie Smith Leslie Smith is a litigation partner and was a long-time member of…
Mr James Sprayregen  photo Mr James Sprayregen James H.M. Sprayregen is the founder of Kirkland’s worldwide Restructuring Group, building…
Ms Katie St. Peters  photo Ms Katie St. Peters Katie St. Peters is a partner in the Investment Funds Group, where…
Mr Matthew Steinmetz  photo Mr Matthew Steinmetz Matthew Steinmetz focuses primarily on leveraged buyouts of public and private companies,…
Mr William Streff  photo Mr William Streff Bill Streff has been practicing intellectual property law for 45 years, concentrating…
Mr Christopher Thomas  photo Mr Christopher Thomas Chris Thomas is a corporate attorney in Kirkland’s Chicago office. His practice…
Mr Seth Traxler  photo Mr Seth Traxler Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s global Technology & IP Transactions practice. He serves as…
Mr Kevin Van Wart  photo Mr Kevin Van Wart Kevin Van Wart is of counsel in Kirkland’s Chicago office, where he…
Ms Min Wang  photo Ms Min Wang Min Wang is a partner in the intellectual property group in the…
Ms Diana Watral  photo Ms Diana Watral Diana Watral is a litigation partner and trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago…
Mr Bradley Weidenhammer  photo Mr Bradley Weidenhammer Brad Weidenhammer represents clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts…
Mr Ross Weisman  photo Mr Ross Weisman Ross Weisman is the head of the advertising, marketing and promotions group…
 Donna Welch photo Donna Welch
Mr Jeffrey Willian  photo Mr Jeffrey Willian Jeffrey Willian is a senior litigation partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.…
Mr Michael Wright  photo Mr Michael Wright Michael D. Wright is a corporate partner who represents private equity groups…
Mr Jeffrey Zeiger  photo Mr Jeffrey Zeiger Jeffrey Zeiger is a trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He has…
Mr David Zott  photo Mr David Zott Trial lawyer. Complex commercial and class action litigation, with emphasis on antitrust,…
Number of Partners : 1,221
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 1,662
Total Staff : 5,433

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.


As a firm with a global presence, we embrace and promote diversity and inclusion, both within our own organization and throughout the legal profession. We are proud of our employees’ rich and varied backgrounds, knowledge and skills, which make us stronger as a Firm.

Diversity at Kirkland transcends race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin and political affiliation. We value and encourage diversity with respect to each individual’s work style, career path and professional and life experiences. We continually strive to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from our differences.

To achieve this goal, a dedicated and active group of partners leads our Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee has racial and ethnic diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ subcommittees to ensure that our programs and policies address the needs of all attorneys.

Social Commitment

We are committed to advancing the communities in which we live and work, and we dedicate substantial energy, talent and resources to meaningful causes and initiatives that reflect our values and vision. For us, it’s simple. We have a responsibility to make a difference and to help our communities succeed. And we bring the same energy and discipline to this pursuit as we do to our service to clients. To fulfill our mission, we provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford counsel; we support charitable and law-related organizations through the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation; we embrace and promote diversity within Kirkland and the legal profession; and we innovate to reduce our impact on the environment.

Pro Bono

Kirkland is committed to providing legal services without charge to those who cannot afford counsel, with the goals of improving clients’ lives, bettering communities and deepening our own professional experience. In 2020, Kirkland attorneys devoted more than 139,000 hours to representing organizations and individuals in pro bono matters — some representing classes of individuals, some involving significant legal issues, and all important, sometimes life-altering, to the people and organizations represented.

We staff and support pro bono work with the same enthusiasm and resources that we devote to our billable work. Kirkland treats pro bono work equivalently with billable client work in performance reviews and for compensation purposes.

All of our attorneys — from summer associates to senior partners — have opportunities to work on a broad variety of projects that appeal to their unique interests, time availability and experience. Our award-winning pro bono work includes immigration law, disability rights, civil rights, death penalty cases and criminal appeals,

discrimination cases, health and patient rights, veterans’ benefits, and the representation and counsel of various nonprofit organizations, among other areas.

We frequently partner with clients and public interest organizations on pro bono initiatives to maximize the impact of our work.