Arjun Karthikeyan is a corporate associate in the New York Office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on M&A and private equity matters, including public and private company acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and other corporate transactions. Arjun has experience counseling public companies and their boards of directors on shareholder activism and hostile takeover response and preparedness, investor engagement, and corporate governance matters, including those related to diversity, sustainability and other ESG related issues.

His prior experience included providing strategic guidance to hedge funds and other investors, including some of the most high profile activists, concerning shareholder activism, proxy contests, corporate governance and other related matters.


Thought Leadership


Shareholder Activism – Lessons from Huntsman’s Proxy Fight Victory Over Starboard,” Kirkland M&A Update, April 13, 2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2019New York


  • Tulane University Law SchoolJ.D.2018
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityB.S.2015