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Michael Falk

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Employee Benefits


Michael Falk advises clients in connection with executive and equity compensation, qualified and non-qualified employee benefits, and the compensation and benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His clients include public and private companies, private equity sponsors, tax-exempt entities, and individual executives. Mr. Falk is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he teaches courses related to executive compensation and employee benefits. In addition, Mr. Falk is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of executive compensation and employee benefits topics.


University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998; Northwestern University, B.A., Philosophy, 1994.

United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

The 15-partner team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is regularly involved in high-profile corporate transactions, which recently included acting for Caesars Entertainment in relation to its $18bn Chapter 11 restructuring proceeding; New York-based Scott Price and Chicago-based Jeffrey Quinn led that matter. Also in Chicago, Michael Falk acted for Boeing in its $4.3bn acquisition of KLX, advised Tenneco on its $5.4bn acquisition of Federal-Mogul, and also acted for private equity firms GTCR and Sycamore Partners in relation to a £1.1bn stake acquisition in CommerceHub. In addition, Alexandra Mihalas acted for Ainsworth Pet Nutrition in its $1.9bn sale to The JM Smucker Company. Boston’s Katherine Coverdale was recently made partner, and Matthew Antinossi in Chicago is also recommended.

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