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Kirkland & Ellis

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Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with more than 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.
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Firm profile for USA 2022

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Number of partners: 1,354

Number of other lawyers worldwide: 1,977

International Offices: Brussels, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Paris, United Kingdom

Firm Overview: 

Kirkland & Ellis is global law firm with 3,000 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 18 offices around the world: Austin, Bay Area, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Salt Lake City Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Antitrust & 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 counselling 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.

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.

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 & National Security: 

Kirkland works closely with companies, investors and boards to manage and mitigate the legal, reputational and other risks associated with operating or investing across national borders. Kirkland’s attorneys combine former senior government experience, policy acumen and legal knowledge to deliver solutions.

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 & Acquisitions: 

Kirkland covers the full spectrum of corporate transactions 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 experience in the formulation of innovative strategies for structuring acquisitions and financings of private and public companies, negotiated unsolicited acquisitions, going-private transactions, stock-for-stock acquisitions, spinoff 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 active across 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/Insolvency: 

By combining sophisticated business advisory and crisis management skills with extensive experience in multijurisdictional insolvency matters, Kirkland’s restructuring group navigates clients through situations involving financially troubled companies. The firm has earned a distinguished reputation by achieving results for 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 counselling 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 & Intellectual Property Transactions: 

Kirkland concentrates on international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use or divestiture of rights in intellectual properly 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.

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This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2022 UK 2022 Europe 2022 Asia-Pacific 2022 Greater China Region 2022 High Net Worth 2022 Crisis & Risk Management 2022

Contributions

Total 3 contributions

Law and Practice

Trade Secrets 2022 in USA

Authors: Claudia Ray, Joseph Loy, Patrick Arnett, Nathaniel DeLucia

Trends and Developments

Patent Litigation 2022 in UK

Authors: Nicola Dagg, Steven Baldwin, Brett Shandler, Oscar Robinson

Law and Practice

White-Collar Crime 2021 in USA

Authors: Bob Allen, Charles Kalil, Kim Nemirow, Mark Schneider

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Banking & Finance
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Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Band 3
Corporate/M&A: Private Equity: The Elite
Band 1
Environment
Band 5
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
Band 2
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
Band 2

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Austin Glassman
Up and Coming
Christopher W Kirkham
Band 1
David M Nemecek
Band 1
Nisha Kanchanapoomi
Up and Coming

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Top Ranked Lawyers

Star Individuals
Dale CendaliIntellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
Senior Statespeople
Linda K MyersBanking & Finance
James HM SprayregenBankruptcy/Restructuring
James HM SprayregenBankruptcy/Restructuring
James HM SprayregenBankruptcy/Restructuring
David FoxCorporate/M&A
Robert J KopeckyLitigation: Securities
Eminent Practitioners
Andrew CalderCorporate/M&A
Jon A BallisCorporate/M&A: Private Equity
Andrew CalderEnergy: Electricity (Transactional)
Andrew CalderEnergy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)
John R O'NeilPrivate Equity: Fund Formation
Band 1
James H MutchnikAntitrust: Cartel
Christopher ButlerBanking & Finance
Christopher W KirkhamBanking & Finance
David M NemecekBanking & Finance

Ranked Offices

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Texas, Austin

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300 North LaSalle

Chicago

Illinois

USA

IL 60654

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