Jeremy Liss is a partner focused on private equity in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jeremy 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.” He is noted as a business oriented advisor who approaches negotiations with a win-win mindset and draws from a wide range of experiences across a broad spectrum of industries and transaction types to drive value for his clients.

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, Soundcore Capital Partners, Sun Capital Partners, SK Capital, Teachers’ Private Capital, Vesey Street Capital Partners and Wind Point Partners.

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 Transactional Risk Insurance Practice. His early adoption and advocacy of the product to his clients and partners were instrumental in driving the exponential growth of the product. As a result, Jeremy is highly regarded by, and has close relationships with, the brokers and insurers who are active participants in the transactional insurance market. His experience and the credibility with insurers have driven superior results for his clients, both in terms of scope of coverage and claims experience.

Jeremy is a member of of the Firm’s M&A Knowledge Management Committee, ensuring that the latest transaction best-practices and leading legal innovations are disseminated firm-wide. Jeremy is also one of the Firm’s representatives to the 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. In addition, Jeremy is 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.

Jeremy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the ADL and the Anshe Emet Synagogue.


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