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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

601 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA
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Work +1 212 446 4800
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Fax +1 212 446 4900
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www.kirkland.com

Matthew Solum

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Matthew Solum is a partner in Kirkland’s New York office. As trial and appellate counsel for corporations, private equity firms, investment banks and financial services firms, Matthew handles significant commercial cases, including merger and acquisition, securities, class action, derivative, contract and other complex commercial matters. In public M&A litigation, he represents acquirers, targets, boards of directors, special committees and financial advisors in class actions, corporate control disputes and appraisal proceedings.

Education

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1999, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Chemistry, 1996.


United States: Dispute resolution

Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Noted for its 'impressive general commercial litigation prowess',  Kirkland & Ellis LLP puts this to good effect across a range of private litigation and agency enforcement actions/investigations for a growing and varied roster of financial services clients, including banks, funds and accountants. Led out of New York by Jay Lefkowitz, Matthew Solum and Joshua Greenblatt, the firm is representing GPLS as one of the defendants in multiple state attorneys general and putative class actions accusing it of engaging in the illegal practice of partnering up with lenders authorized by Native American tribes to avoid usury laws and issue illegal loans to consumers under the concept of tribal immunity. Leveraging the firm's impressive roster of leading private equity firms, another core strength of the team is acting for some of these as global anti-corruption counsel (working alongside practitioners in London and Hong Kong), which includes risk management procedures regarding the sponsor and its portfolio companies as well as representation on any enforcement action/investigation should that arise. Splitting his time between the firm's Chicago and Washington DC offices, Mark Filip heads the firm's government enforcement defense and internal investigations group and is a pivotal member of the multi-disciplinary financial services litigation team that also includes Washington DC-based partners Erica Williams and Neil Eggleston, and New York-based securities enforcement and AML/sanctions expert Zachary Brez.

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M&A litigation: defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Matthew Solum - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: M&A litigation: defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP represents purchasers and sellers, and their boards of directors and financial advisers, in cases arising from challenged mergers, tender offers and leveraged buyout transactions. It has extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the US, as well as in Delaware Chancery Court. The firm's key partners - Sandra Goldstein, Yosef Riemer and Matthew Solum - are based in New York and are widely regarded as leading players in the market. Goldstein and up-and-coming partner Stefan Atkinson handled  derivative litigation in federal court in Delaware on behalf of Qualcomm Inc. Solum and Jay Lefkowitz are acting for buyers of Kindred Healthcare in a breach of fiduciary case. In Chicago, the key partners are Joshua Rabinovitz and Devon Largio, who are representing AbbVie in a case brought by five large hedge funds alleging fraud connected to the failed $55bn merger between AbbVie and Shire plc. In Los Angeles, Mark Holscher , who handled Computer Sciences Corporation v Eric Pulier, et al. in Delaware for Eric Pulier, is the standout partner.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a track record of success in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, structured finance cases, and investigations and enforcement actions by the DOJ, SEC and other regulators. It also has one of the leading accounting liability practices. Mark Filip in Chicago leads the 50-partner securities and shareholder litigation practice. He recently acted for Caterpillar, Inc in numerous cases, which included In re Caterpillar Inc Securities Litigation, a putative class action alleging that the company made misleading statements about its compliance and business policies; the case was ultimately dismissed. Sandra Goldstein in New York is one the market's leading lights and she was part of a team that represented Mylan in a securities case relating to the company’s classification of the EpiPen under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. Matthew Solum and Yosef Riemer, both based in New York, acted for Bristol-Myers Squibb in three derivative actions arising from a settlement with the SEC for alleged FCPA violations. Chicago-based Joshua Rabinovitz is also recommended.

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