Michael Brueck is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on representing buyers, sellers and boards of directors in a wide range of mergers and acquisitions transactions. He also regularly advises public companies and their boards of directors in connection with corporate governance, securities and strategic matters, including takeover preparedness and shareholder engagement.

Michael's M&A practice has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S., in which a client noted that “Michael Brueck is one of the most talented attorneys I have worked with; his ability to quickly synthesize information and to react/respond with a fulsome analysis is a great strength.” He has been recognized as a "Notable Practitioner" by IFLR1000 for his M&A practice and has been selected as an M&A Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group, awarded to lawyers who “stand above all the others in delivering the absolute best in client service” based on a survey of general counsels of large corporations. Earlier in his career, he was named one of the top 40 M&A lawyers under the age of 40 in the United States by M&A Advisor. Transactions in which Michael has played a key role have been recognized in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report on four separate occasions.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, ACC New Jersey Webinar, “Dealmaking in Uncertain Times,” February 2024

Moderator, Real Assets and Infrastructure Panel, 2023 Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

Panelist, PLI's Drafting and Negotiating Corporate Agreements 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 

Panelist, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance 2019 Roundtable

Moderator, Kirkland Rising Leaders of Real Estate Event 2019


“Dealmaking for the Bridge and Tunnel Crowd—Infrastructure M&A in the Current Environment and Beyond,” New York Law Journal 

“REIT Activism Trends to Expect in the Wake of COVID-19,” Law360

“Voting Standards Are Not that Standard,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

“Finding the Antidote – Addressing Poison Put Provisions in Debt Instruments,” DealLawyers.com


Recognized in The Legal 500

Recognized as a "Notable Practitioner" by IFLR1000

Selected as an M&A Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group

Recognized in the M&A Advisor's “40 under 40” list of the top 40 M&A lawyers under the age of 40 in the United States

Selected as a New York "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of several Firmwide Kirkland & Ellis LLP committees

International Bar Association (Member, Corporate and M&A Law Committee)

Society for Corporate Governance (Member)

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Member)

Urban Land Institute (Member)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.
    Articles Editor, Columbia Business Law Review
  • University of MarylandB.S., Finance