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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

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

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing

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

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

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