Sarkis Jebejian is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s New York office and focuses his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism defense. Sarkis’s clients include Accenture, Bain Capital, Eli Lilly, Infineon Technologies, Lazard, Moelis & Co., Nexstar Media, Six Flags, Tripadvisor and Vista Equity Partners.

Sarkis has been repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s leading practitioners in mergers and acquisitions. From 2013 to 2021, Chambers USA recognized him as among the best lawyers in the country for Corporate/M&A and he was highlighted by clients for being “very responsive and thoughtful,” while Chambers Global mentioned he is “always offering a practical approach to solving problems, and has excellent domain experience.” He was chosen by Law360 as a 2017 MVP for being “at the forefront of some of the biggest transactions in the past year.” Sarkis is also lauded for his work in connection with shareholder activism defense, and is recognized by The Legal 500 US in 2020 and 2021 for Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards.

Sarkis is a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of Carnegie Hall, which is dedicated to presenting extraordinary music to the widest possible audience with performances, educational programs and the cultivation of new artists.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, “MAE Disputes and Stock Market Prices,” The Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, November 2020

Co-Chair, “Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions,” Practising Law Institute, 2008–2019

Speaker, “The Institutionalization of Activism and the Impact on M&A and Board/Shareholder Dynamics,” The Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 2016


Sarkis is a leading contributing author of the Kirkland Governance Update.

Memberships & Affiliations

Carnegie Hall, Board of Trustees and Secretary

Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Board of Advisors

Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Board of Directors and Secretary

New York City Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.1994
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia CollegeB.A.1991