Doug Bacon is a partner in the Houston and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he also serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His practice focuses on merger and acquisition transactions including extensive experience advising private equity firms and other financial investors on significant investments, joint ventures, stockholder arrangements and liquidity events. He also advises public and private corporations on complex M&A transactions, including numerous large divisional carve-out acquisitions and sales.

Doug has been recognized as a 2023 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer, a Most Effective Dealmaker and Texas Trailblazer by Texas Lawyer, a Rising Star by Law360 and the New York Law Journal, as an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor and as a leading M&A practitioner by The Legal 500. Doug was “recommended for large, multinational carve-out sales, cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and private equity transactions” by The Legal 500 in 2016 and was described as “technically excellent…he goes out of his way to support clients and remains cool under pressure” in the 2015 edition.


Thought Leadership


Presenter, A Proposal for Sustainable Investment in the E&P Sector, Webinar, 2020 

Presenter, Take Private Transactions, Webinar, 2020


“Getting the Most out of an Auction Sale of a Global Business,” The M&A Journal, July 2015


Mergers & Acquisitions — US, IFLR1000, 2019–2024

Dealmaker of the Year, The American Lawyer, 2023

Most Effective Dealmaker, Texas Legal Awards, Texas Lawyer, 2020 

Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York
  • Texas


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.
  • Baylor University

    magna cum laude