James Hu is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents both public and private acquirers and target companies in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and contested situations, with a focus on public company mergers, acquisitions or sales of private companies, divisional carve-outs, and joint ventures or strategic alliances.


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