A business-oriented advisor who approaches negotiations with a win-win mindset and draws from his vast experience across industries and deal types to drive value. - Longtime Private Equity Client
Jeremy Liss is a partner focused on private equity in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is recognized for his work in private equity transactions by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 U.S., where interviewees describe him as “a fantastic lawyer.”
Jeremy’s extensive experience includes counseling clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, carve-outs, and purchases and sales through bankruptcy and out-of-court restructuring with transaction sizes ranging from less than $100 million to more than $6 billion.
His clients include AE Industrial Partners, Arlon Group, Aterian Investment Partners, Blue Sea Capital, Garnett Station Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, New Water Capital, One Equity Partners, Soundcore Capital Partners, Staple Street Capital, Sun Capital Partners, SK Capital, Teachers’ Private Capital, Vesey Street Capital Partners and Wind Point Partners.
A creative thinker with a commercial mindset, Jeremy is always looking around the next corner in the legal world and driving innovations that add value for Firm clients. As a member of the Firm’s M&A Knowledge Management Committee, he ensures that the latest transaction best practices and leading legal innovations are disseminated firm-wide for the benefit of Kirkland’s clients. He is also a founding member of the Firm’s Innovations and Legal Technology Committee, which is tasked with using technology to enhance Kirkland’s ability to efficiently deliver high-end legal services and value to its clients.
Jeremy invests deeply in his team members to encourage their growth and development as lawyers. This investment also helps him identify the best resources within Kirkland for any given client matter and to motivate and lead effective teams.
Representations & Warranties Insurance Leadership
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 market-leading Transactional Liability Insurance Practice. Jeremy’s early adoption and advocacy of reps and warranties insurance to clients and partners were instrumental in driving the product’s exponential growth, and he maintains close relationships with the most active brokers and insurers in the market.
“With Jeremy’s leadership, Kirkland has been at the forefront of innovation in the transaction liability market and has been a tremendous partner for us in moving this market on scope of coverage and execution in a fashion that has greatly benefitted our mutual clients,” a leading insurance broker noted.
Jeremy’s experience and credibility with insurers have also driven superior results in scope of coverage and claims for his clients. “Jeremy introduced us to R&W insurance and explained the ways it could improve our deal outcomes. It dramatically changed the way we approach indemnification in deals,” said one client.
“M&A Insurance - No Exclusion of Consequential Damages,” KirklandPEN, July 25, 2014
"Multiple-Based Damage Claims Under Representation & Warranty Insurance," KirklandPEN, November 6, 2013
"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
Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A: Private Equity (Illinois), 2018–2021
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S., Private Equity Buyouts, 2018
Memberships & Affiliations
Private Equity Legal Leaders Network, which promotes information sharing between senior in-house counsel from private equity firms and senior private equity partners from select law firms on key legal issues confronting private equity firms
Anti-Defamation League Chicago Chapter Board of Directors
Anshe Emet Synagogue Board of Directors
Advisor to LawGeex, a legal startup that uses AI to review contracts
Admissions & Qualifications
- 1999, Illinois
- 1999, Michigan
- Passed all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst exam
- University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude1998Order of the Coif
- University of MichiganB.A., Business Administrationwith High Distinction1995
James B. Angell Scholar
Academic Honors, 1991–1995
Golden Key National Honor Society