Outsourcing has fast become a strategic tool and preferred business model that has a powerful impact on a company's growth and financial stability. Kirkland lawyers have experience in IT outsourcing matters that predates the use of the term "outsourcing" (i.e., facilities management) handling some of the largest, most comprehensive outsourcing transactions in history. Our experience covers not only IT outsourcing but also business process outsourcing (BPO), application process outsourcing (APO) and application service provider (ASP) outsourcing. Kirkland lawyers have represented both service providers and customers in manufacturing, service, financial and other businesses that seek to outsource critical functions.
Kirkland & Ellis has one of the largest, most experienced outsourcing and complex information technology transactions practices extant in any firm world-wide. Our practice is recognized as such by the legal ranking publications and media reflecting the views and statements of our clients. The practice was nationally ranked in the 2012 edition of the Legal 500 U.S. The publication noted, "Clients appreciate the group's 'excellent service levels' and attorneys' 'good, knowledgeable, impartial advice.'" In 2012, Kirkland was named to "The World's Best Outsourcing Advisors" list for "The Global Outsourcing 100™" by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals™ (IAOP™). The Firm has been named to the list each year since its inception. The 2009 Black Book of Outsourcing ranked Kirkland as one of its "Top Tier Legal Advisors." According to the publication, Kirkland was recognized for "helping clients negotiate the full range of strategic sourcing transactions, shorten the sourcing cycle, speed the realization of benefits and design lasting solutions that effectively support their strategic and operational objectives." Outsourcing Today, the parent publication of HRO Today and FAO Today magazines, selected Kirkland as one of the "Top Outsourcing Law Firms." Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked our outsourcing and information technology transactions practices as among the top such practices in the nation each year since 2005. In 2012, Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized three of our partners for their individual achievements in outsourcing.