James Hu is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and has broad transactional experience. He represents both public and private acquirers and target companies in domestic or cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on public company mergers, private company sales or acquisitions, carve-outs and equity arrangements.

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.


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.


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