Hamed Meshki is a partner in Kirkland’s Los Angeles corporate group. His practice focuses on highly structured and complex business transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, recapitalizations and financings.

Hamed has structured, negotiated and completed transactions in a wide variety of industries, including apparel, broadcast media, consumer products, energy and oilfield services, gaming and lodging, healthcare, industrials and manufacturing, publishing, software and technology, sports and entertainment, and transportation and shipping.

Chambers USA has recognized Hamed in each of the 2015–2023 editions with clients commenting that he “excels at strategic thinking,” is “incredibly smart” and has “a very strong business sense” and with one client reporting that he is a true partner whose input they trust and value.

In 2020 and 2023, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Hamed to its list of “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity Investors & Advisors"; since 2019, the IFLR1000 recognized Hamed for Mergers & Acquisitions; in 2018, the Daily Journal recognized Hamed in its “Top 40 Under 40” list of lawyers in California; and in 2017, Private Funds Management recognized him in its global “30 Under 40” list, describing him as “a natural problem solver.” 

In its 2017 Global Awards, Finance Monthly named Hamed the USA Private Equity Lawyer of the Year; and in its 2016 edition, The Legal 500 U.S. recognized Hamed and described him as “creative” and “commercially minded.” In 2013, The Recorder, a leading California legal publication, selected Hamed as one of “50 California Lawyers on the Fast Track.”

Transactions on which he has acted as lead counsel have been profiled by such leading media outlets as The Deal, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Reuters, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Lawyer and the Daily Journal. In 2019, the Association for Corporate Growth recognized Hamed’s M&A transaction for Anastasia Beverly Hills as its “Deal of the Year.”


Thought Leadership


"Why You Need M&A Reps and Warranties Insurance," Law360, July 2013, with Brandon Vongsawad.

"Tags and drags: the ties that bind," Private Equity Manager, March 2011, with Damon Fisher.

"Trends in Private Equity Exits," Practical Law Company, September 2010, with Eva Davis.


"The Path to Success: Successful Iranian Americans and their path to success," IABA National Conference, November 2019

"Hot Topics in M&A Today,” USC Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel, December 2013.


Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2015–2023)

Los Angeles Business Journal, “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity Investors & Advisors” (2020, 2023)

IFLR1000 “Notable Practitioner” for Mergers & Acquisitions (2019–2023)

Association for Corporate Growth “Deal of the Year” — Anastasia Beverly Hills (2019)

Daily Journal “Top 40 Under 40” (2018)

"USA Private Equity Lawyer of the Year" Finance Monthly Global Awards (2017)

Private Funds Management Global “30 Under 40” (2017)

Recognized for Private Equity Buyouts in The Legal 500 U.S. (2016)

"Rising Star" Southern California Super Lawyers (2013–2018)

"50 California Lawyers on the Fast Track" The Recorder (2013)

Press Mentions

"5 Ways A PE Firm Can Win A Packed Auction," Law360, April 11, 2014

"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

Memberships & Affiliations

Co-Chair, Firmwide Associate Review Committee

Co-Chair, Firmwide Transactional Associate Review Committee

Member, Firmwide Associate & Non-Share Partner Compensation Committee

Co-Chair, Los Angeles Office Operations Committee

Former Chair; Member, Los Angeles Office Recruiting Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2003California


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2003

    Order of the Coif

    John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, with Recognition

  • University of California, Los AngelesB.A., Political Science2000