Jeremy Liss is a senior partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice primarily involves counseling private equity funds and their portfolio companies, family offices and other business owners on complex business transactions. Jeremy has extensive experience counseling clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and purchases and sales through bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring.

Jeremy has led numerous transactions in his career in a variety of industries with transaction sizes ranging from less than $100 million to more than $6 billion. His representative clients include AE Industrial Partners, Arlon Group, Aterian Investment Partners, Garnett Station Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, New Water Capital, Soundcore Capital Partners, Sun Capital Partners, SK Capital, Teachers’ Private Capital and Wind Point Partners.

Jeremy is recognized for his work in the private equity transactional space by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S., where interviewees describe him as “a fantastic lawyer.” Jeremy is a member of of the Firm’s M&A/PE Knowledge Management Committee and one of the Firm’s representatives to the Private Equity Legal Leaders Network (PELL). PELL promotes information sharing between senior in-house counsel from private equity firms and senior private equity partners from sponsoring law firms on key legal issues confronting private equity firms. Jeremy is also a founding member of the Firm’s Innovations and Legal Technology Committee which is tasked with using technology to enhance the Firm’s ability to efficiently deliver high-end legal services and value to its clients. He is also as a strategic advisor to Legalogic Ltd., a legal technology company which uses artificial intelligence to automate contract review.

Jeremy is a thought leader in the use of representations and warranties insurance and other transactional risk insurance products. He started and leads the Firm’s U.S. transactional risk insurance practice. Jeremy is highly regarded by, and has developed close relationships with, brokers and insurers who are active participants in the transactional insurance market. He has also authored and been interviewed for numerous articles on this topic and is a frequent speaker at industry events.


Thought Leadership


M&A Insurance - No Exclusion of Consequential Damages,” KirklandPEN, July 25, 2014

"Multiple-Based Damage Claims Under Representation & Warranty Insurance," KirklandPEN, November 6, 2013


Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (Illinois), Up and Coming, 2018–2019

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S., Private Equity Buyouts, 2018

Press Mentions

"Insurers Fight to Keep Up as Deal Insurance Goes Mainstream," Law360, January 26, 2015

"M&A Insurance Helps Bidders Stand Out In Packed Market," Law360, February 5, 2014

"M&A Insurance Picking Up Steam As Policy Prices Sink," Law360, October 31, 2013

"Transactional risk insurance demand surges thanks to attractive products," Business Insurance Online, August 25, 2013


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999, Illinois
  • 1999, Michigan
  • Passed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst exam


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude1998
    Order of the Coif
  • University of MichiganB.A., Business Administrationwith High Distinction1995

    James B. Angell Scholar

    Academic Honors, 1991–1995

    Golden Key National Honor Society