Matt Lovell is a partner in Kirkland’s Technology & IP Transactions group, serving as lead counsel on transactions of various types where technology assets or aspects are core deal drivers.

Matt’s over two-decade legal career has overlapped with a significant period of technological innovation, which has been accompanied by corresponding changes to the law, introduction of new deal types and opportunities, and increasing importance of technology and intangible assets to deals of all types. He has worked on transformative deals in a variety of industries and across a variety of deal types, including hundreds of tech-focused M&A deals, over a hundred carveout transactions in a variety of industries, and numerous license transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and outsourcing and IT services engagements. In addition, Matt takes a leading technology and IP role on restructurings, bankruptcies, and third-party financing and direct lending transactions.

Matt is often called into situations where innovative thinking and alternatives are required, combining knowledge and experience across a wide range of technology and deal types to offer creative yet commercial counseling and deal structuring, negotiation, and execution. In addition to focusing on technology aspects of M&A deals and working on licensing and other tech-focused transactions, Matt also leads teams from the Technology & IP Transactions group in handling separation aspects of carveout transactions, including transition services agreements, license agreements, supply agreements, and other commercial arrangements.

Matt was recognized by The Legal 500 United States 2021–2023 in the area of “Technology: Transactions.”


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Trends and Developments in Technology Transactions; Kirkland & Ellis LLP 22nd Annual Technology & Law Seminar, May 2015

Troubled Relationships and Distressed Counterparties: Contracting to Avoid Issues and Addressing Issues that Arise; Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, December 2009

Developing and Negotiating the Contract for an Outsourcing Agreement; International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, Certified Outsourcing Professional Master Class, May 2009

IP and Technology Transactions in the Current Economic Environment; Kirkland & Ellis LLP 16th Annual Technology & Law Seminar, May 2009

Strategic Alliances: Opportunities and Issues in the Current Economic Climate; Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, December 2008

Negotiating Brand-Related Agreements; Kirkland & Ellis LLP Advertising and Trademark Seminar, July 2008

Supply Chain Management; Kirkland & Ellis LLP Outsourcing Seminar, June 2008

The State of the IP Deal: Recent Developments Shaping the Negotiating Table; Kirkland & Ellis LLP 15th Annual Technology & Law Seminar, May 2008

The Key Elements of the Outsourcing Contract; International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, Chicago Chapter, April 2008

Transformational Outsourcing and the Outsourcing Agreement: Issues, Risks and Strategies; Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, October 2007


Recognized for Technology Transactions by The Legal 500 United States, 2021–2023

Memberships & Affiliations

During the 2006–2007 academic year, Matt served as a Teaching Fellow and Clinical Instructor at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, instructing students and assisting with research and pro bono legal projects involving the intersection of law, technology, digital content, and related public policy.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2002
  • Wheaton CollegeB.A., Political Sciencemagna cum laude1998