Clients note ‘Joshua is a pleasure to work with. He's extremely detail-oriented, thoughtful and very commercial.’ - Chambers USA, 2022

Josh Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies in connection with all forms of capital markets transactions. With a focus primarily on initial public offerings, high-yield and acquisition finance and complex restructuring matters, Josh shepherds multi-million-dollar deals for Kirkland clients in a broad spectrum of industries. Lauded by The Legal 500 U.S. as “a leader in his field,” he is often ranked first in the United States for IPO Issuer’s Lawyers by IPO Vital Signs.

Clients turn to Josh for his ability to manage challenging transactions that contain a high degree of complexity and uncertainty. They say they appreciate his efficiency and ability to take a complicated situation, translate it into understandable terms and business principles, and advise them on proceeding wisely to achieve their goals. A sharp intellect, strong work ethic, practicality, market knowledge, and top-notch communication skills combined with a unique access to valuable resources make Josh an integral part of an exceptionally capable and results-oriented finance arena legal team.

Josh brings these skills to bear for public companies while simultaneously guiding them through the tricky and ever-evolving compliance landscape that must be negotiated because of the heavier regulations governing their conduct, such as Securities Exchange Commission and Stock Exchange rules and liability laws. Josh’s experience negotiating very favorable terms in financing documents helps assuage private equity clients’ concerns about achieving optimal returns on their investments as they execute complicated transactions. For restructuring clients, Josh contributes a deep understanding of the various players, deal structures and commercial drivers that could help craft a creative and cost-effective strategy for their companies, whether it’s an overhaul of the balance sheet or a liquidation or bankruptcy filing.

Among Josh’s many accolades and honors are his selection to the 2011–2024 editions of Chambers Global, 2007 and 2010–2023 editions of Chambers USA, the 2010–2023 editions of The Legal 500 U.S., the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Legal, the 2007 and 2010–2020 editions of New York Super Lawyers, and the 2008–2009, 2011–2012 and 2018–2022 editions of IFLR1000. Additionally, he was named a 2014 Capital Markets MVP by Law360.


Thought Leadership


"Evolving Convertible Bond Strategies for Corporates," Kirkland Seminar, November 17, 2020


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.1993
    Staff Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics
  • Dartmouth CollegeA.B.1990
    Citation in Mathematics