Matthew Solum has been a litigation partner of Kirkland & Ellis since 2005. 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. Matthew also represents purchasers and sellers in connection with contract, fraud, indemnification and working capital claims.
In complex commercial matters, he handles contract, fraud, fiduciary duty, tortious interference, antitrust, trade secret, trade dress, slander and libel claims.
In addition to litigating in state and federal courts throughout the country, Matthew represents clients in arbitration before AAA, FINRA, ICC, UNCITRAL and JAMS arbitration panels.
Memberships & Affiliations
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Recognized in Law360 as a "Rising Star" for Securities, 2014
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for M&A: Litigation, 2013
"The Evolving Face of Deal Litigation," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 27, 2014
"’Holistic’ Review of Scienter Allegations in Securities Fraud Class Actions Resulting in Increased Number of Dismissals,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert, February 10, 2014
"Delaware vs. New York Governing Law," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 2, 2014
"Out of Context — Delaware Clarifies on 'Weak' Fairness Options," Kirkland M&A Update, October 21, 2013
"The Interplay Between Delaware Law and the Exchange Rules in Assessing Director Independence," Kirkland & Ellis Alert, September 24, 2013
"Risk Oversight in China Operations," Corporate Board Member, August 2013
"Appraisal Rights — The Next Frontier in Deal Litigation?," The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 1, 2013
NYU Law School - Negotiating Corporate Transactions, "M&A Litigation," March 2013
New York American Inn of Court, "The Future of Securities Regulation Under the Obama Administration" - Panelist, March 2009
New York American Inn of Court, "Subprime" - Panelist, March 2008
Matthew is admitted to federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.