Mathieu Kohmann is a corporate attorney based in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. At Kirkland, Mathieu has a broad transactional practice and advises companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks on the full range of capital markets transactions, such as initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, private placements of equity and convertible securities, public and private high-yield offerings, investment grade debt offerings, and tender and exchange offers. He also counsels private equity sponsors as well as public and private companies on the acquisition and disposition of businesses and assets, including through strategic transactions with SPACs and the development of a SPAC platform. Mathieu also advises U.S. and international clients on more general corporate and securities law matters, including restructuring and liability management transactions, Exchange Act reporting, corporate governance and general corporate law matters, negotiations with the SEC, and NYSE or Nasdaq listing requirements and compliance obligations.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Mathieu worked in France in restructuring, focusing on international and cross-border insolvencies, and in international litigation & arbitration. He also worked on IP litigation and IP transactional matters in Germany, and for a legal tech start-up in Paris. Mathieu also gained experience in the Capital Markets Group of the London office of Kirkland before moving back to the New York office.

Mathieu earned his U.S. and French law degrees from Harvard Law School and Sciences Po Law School, respectively. For his graduation thesis at Harvard, Mathieu was recognized with the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Bankruptcy. While at Harvard, Mathieu was an Arthur Sachs Scholar selected by the Franco-American Fulbright Commission. Mathieu graduated summa cum laude from the French-German-European Campus of Sciences Po Paris and cum laude from Sciences Po Law School. Mathieu also studied economics, finance and public policy at Princeton University as well as IP law, IP strategy, law & technology and bankruptcy at Stanford Law School.


Thought Leadership


“Bankruptcy in the Age of ‘Intangibility’: The Bankruptcies of Knowledge Companies,” 2017 (published in English) (Winner of the Harvard Law School Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Bankruptcy)

“French Institutions, Innovation and Growth,” Fondapol, 2016 (co-authored) (published in French, translated into English) (featured in the national newspaper Le Monde and the Oxford Business Law Blog)

“The Quality of Legal Rules as a Vector for Growth,” Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Law Review (Rev. Trim. Dr. Fin.), pp. 4, 2016 (co-authored) (published in French)

“The Meaning and Purpose of Secondary Insolvency Proceedings After the Reform of the European Insolvency Regulation,” in: Festschrift for Siegfried Beck, Verlag C.H. Beck, pp. 73, 2016 (co-authored) (published in German)

“The New Relationship Between Main and Secondary Insolvency Proceedings,” in: The New European Insolvency Regulation – Which Evolutions?, Lextenso éditions, Pratique des affaires, Paris, pp. 89, 2015 (co-authored) (published in French)


Arthur Sachs Scholarship Fund/Franco-American Fulbright Commission, Fellowship 2016–2017

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Fellowship 2011–2016

Memberships & Affiliations

Rules for Growth Institute (Droit & Croissance), Researcher/Member


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018New York
  • 2019Massachusetts


  • English
  • French
  • German


  • Harvard Law SchoolLL.M.2017

    Irving Oberman Memorial Prize in Bankruptcy

    Editor, Harvard Business Law Review

    Staff, Harvard International Law Review

    Harvard Business School, HBX-CORe program

  • Institut d'Études Politiques de ParisMaster of Economic Lawcum laude2016
  • Stanford Law SchoolVisiting Student (Intellectual Property Law and Strategy; Economic Law)2014
  • Princeton UniversityVisiting Student (Economics; Finance; Public Policy)2012–2013
  • Institut d'Études Politiques de ParisBachelor (Economics, Law & Political Science)summa cum laude2013

    Student Life Award for Excellence in Leadership and Student Life