James Hu is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and represents both public companies and financial sponsors in domestic or cross-border M&A or PE transactions. He has broad experience in structuring, negotiating and executing complex and high-stake business combinations, including public company mergers, portfolio company acquisitions or sales, carve-outs, SPAC transactions and equity or joint venture arrangements. His work spanned life sciences, technology and other sectors.

In connection with his transactional work, James is selected as a 2020 Rising Star by the Super Lawyers and recognized as a Notable Practitioner by IFLR1000. He also teaches an M&A course at Cornell Law School, where he serves as an adjunct professor.


Thought Leadership


In re Dole Food Company, Inc. and the Cost of Going Private, in HARVARD LAW SCHOOL FORUM ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND FINANCIAL REGULATION, also appearing in DEAL LAWYERS, VOL. 9, NO. 6.


Panelist, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “A Brave New World: Emerging Topics in Corporate Law Practice,” 2018.

Panelist, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “East Meets West: How Strengthened U.S.-Asia Ties are Changing the Cross-Border Investment Ecosystem,” 2017.


Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020

Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000, 2020


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013New York


  • English
  • Chinese


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2012

    Order of the Coif (Graduated 5th in Class)

    Articles Editor, Cornell Law Review

    Honor Fellow, 2010–2011

  • Nanjing UniversityLL.B., Chinese Law2007
    Class of 2007 Exemplary Graduate