Corey Fox is recognized for his work in private equity buyouts as a ‘super star’ whose ‘personal skills set him apart.' - The Legal 500 U.S., 2018

Corey Fox is a partner in Kirkland's corporate transactional group. His practice is primarily focused on counseling private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in structuring, negotiating and executing complex business transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, purchases and sales through bankruptcy, carve-out transactions, corporate restructurings, recapitalizations, dividends and equity financings as well as general corporate matters.

Corey has led representative matters ranging in size from several million dollars to approximately $12 billion in a variety of industries, including financial services, computer software and hardware, healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, apparel, food, agriculture, restaurant, consumer services and automotive. Corey has handled such matters on behalf of, among other distinguished private equity clients, Sun Capital Partners, Thoma Bravo, Centerbridge Partners, New Water Capital, Paine Schwartz Partners and SK Capital Partners.

Corey was recognized in the 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in private equity buyouts where he was described as a “a ‘super star’ whose ‘personal skills set him apart.'" The 2020 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. is also quoted saying, "He works around the clock and is very approachable. The other side quickly trusts him, which helps get deals done more quickly… He’s like a member of our deal team, but he knows how to write a contract." Corey was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in each of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Corey is Co-Chair of Kirkland’s Firmwide Finance Committee and Chicago Associate Review Committee and a member of Kirkland’s Senior Income Partner Review Committee and Operations Committee.



Selected by Chambers USA for Private Equity: Buyouts (Illinois) in 2023–2024.

Selected by Chambers USA as Up and Coming for Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (Illinois) in 2021–2022.

Selected by The Legal 500 U.S. for Private Equity Buyouts in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Selected by Super Lawyers magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in each of 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2004
  • University of MichiganB.A., American Culturewith Distinction1999