Kirkland opened its New York office in 1990 to enhance the service provided by the Firm to existing and prospective clients, both those located on the East Coast and those located elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The office was established with a core group of 12 partners and associates drawn from Kirkland's existing offices who relocated to the New York area. The office has since grown to approximately 380 lawyers and is also home to the Firm's newest, state-of-the-art, fully-dedicated conference facility.
Practice in the New York office is diversified as to both client base and nature of matters. Kirkland's New York-based attorneys have experience in the areas of commercial, financial, antitrust, securities and pension litigation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate finance and securities, risk capital investing, intellectual property, real estate, trusts and estates, tax and restructuring.
In the transactional area, the New York office handles a broad range of corporate and securities matters for industrial and commercial companies, investment partnerships and a variety of financial institutions. The office is particularly active in the LBO/private equity area, where it represents equity sponsors and/or senior and mezzanine lenders. The office has significant experience in the Rule 144A high-yield debt area, and in initial public offerings and other public securities offerings. In addition, the office handles substantial corporate acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, leasing transactions, debt finance, private placements, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
The New York litigation practice encompasses all significant areas of commercial litigation for public and private companies in the United States and abroad. The office is involved in significant bench and jury trials, and arbitrations. In addition, the office serves as lead counsel in numerous securities, antitrust, contract, fraud and RICO cases; first amendment controversies; ERISA and common law breach of fiduciary duty actions; and shareholder derivative suits and matters involving the SEC, New York Stock Exchange, NASD, Department of Justice and other government agencies. As is the case at Kirkland, litigators in the New York office have substantial courtroom experience and are prepared, when necessary, to take any kind of commercial litigation matter to trial or arbitration or to participate in alternative dispute resolution, where appropriate.
In the intellectual property area, our attorneys handle technically complex patent litigation matters, as well as cases in the areas of unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement, and trade secret misappropriation. The intellectual property litigation group recently successfully defended two separate Fortune 100 clients in patent infringement suits that were among the most significant litigation matters to these clients in recent years. In the intellectual property transactional field, the group is involved in domestic and international matters involving the transfer and commercialization of technology, as well as the acquisition, divestiture and joint venturing of product lines. The intellectual property group works closely with other practice groups where technology or proprietary rights issues are involved.
In the real estate area, the New York office represents a wide variety of debt and equity investors, including pension funds, opportunity funds, venture capital funds, mezzanine lenders and others in a broad range of sophisticated real estate investments and multiproperty/multistate transactions. The real estate practice group also works with our non-real estate clients to provide counseling in connection with their leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and similar transactions.
Kirkland's New York tax practice, which is integral to its transactional practice, consists primarily of analyzing and structuring sophisticated domestic and international transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, workouts and other business restructurings, debt and equity financings, formation of and investments in domestic and offshore partnerships and other pooled investment vehicles, and real estate investments. The Firm also handles significant contested tax matters, both at the administrative and judicial levels.
Trusts & Estates
The New York trusts and estates practice represents families and individuals in the United States and throughout the world regarding the preservation, management and transfer of wealth. The Firm advises individual and corporate fiduciaries, and often serves as co-counsel with other law firms, in connection with the planning and administration of substantial and complex trusts and estates. Kirkland counsels public and private charities with respect to formation, tax and corporate compliance and day-to-day operations, and advises individuals and charitable institutions regarding the design of major lifetime and testamentary charitable gifts. We conduct a significant international practice that represents foreign banks, trust companies and law firms and non-U.S. individuals.
In the bankruptcy and creditors' rights area, Kirkland's New York office represents secured and unsecured creditors and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, represents trustees in significant bankruptcy reorganization cases, and advises business and financial clients with respect to bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters, including loan workouts and restructurings. The Firm's restructuring practice is closely interrelated with our transactional and litigation practice areas, especially in connection with acquiring or investing in businesses in bankruptcy.
Efficient Delivery of Services
As an integrated part of a firm with approximately 1,600 lawyers, Kirkland's New York office can commit the full resources of an international firm to any matter, as appropriate. Our offices are networked, and in many instances our network is also linked to that of our clients. The New York office reflects the strengths present throughout the Firm to handle legally and technically complex transactions and disputes with dispatch and efficiency. The growth of the New York office has been based upon delivering legal services of the highest quality in a cost-effective manner through lean staffing, appropriate delegation to talented junior lawyers, and close client relationships.
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