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Jonathan Kidwell

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Environmental Transactions


Jonathan Kidwell is a partner in the Firm’s Environmental Transactional Practice Group. Jonathan counsels clients with respect to managing environmental compliance and liability issues, primarily in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, financing transactions, bankruptcies and real estate investments. In the context of corporate transactions, Jonathan assists clients in identifying and assessing environmental liabilities, coordinates due diligence, manages environmental consultants and technical experts, drafts and negotiates contracts and lease agreements, coordinates lender issues, negotiates environmental insurance coverage, coordinates environmental regulatory approvals, and pursues post-closing resolution of identified regulatory compliance and liability issues including through voluntary cleanups. The Practice maintains a worldwide network of environmental consulting and insurance and legal professionals to provide clients with all necessary resources during or following their transactions.


University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2008 cum laude; Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 2002.

United States: Industry focus

Environment: transactional

Within: Environment: transactional

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is valued by clients for its deep bench and combination of technical and commercial skills. It is routinely involved in environmental due diligence, pre-deal counselling, environmental risk allocation and mitigation, analysis of the environmental regulatory landscape, negotiation of environmental insurance policies, and enforcement and defence of indemnity claims. The outfit has a strong presence advising clients in the energy sector, where recent highlights have included acting on behalf of Rowan Companies in its $12bn combination with Ensue, and advising Energy Future Holdings on its agreement with Sempra Energy for the acquisition via merger of 100% percent of the client’s equity by a subsidiary of Sempra. The ‘outstandingBrian Land co-leads the environmental transactional practice group from Washington DC, where he is also the East Coast practice leader. Other ‘A-players’ in the team include practice co-lead Paul Tanaka, who divides his time between San Francisco and Houston, and Washington DC-based Alexandra Farmer and associate Jennie Morawetz. Also in the Washington DC, Jonathan Kidwell is ‘among the most commercial environmental attorneys in the market’. Other key practitioners include Stefanie Gitler in San Francisco, and Sara Michaelchuck Webber, Jeanne Cohn-Connor and Toby Chun in Washington DC.

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