Overview

Gerald Nowak is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. He joined Kirkland in 1993 and became a partner in 1999. Gerald has a broad transactional practice focused on representing public companies and private equity funds. In 2014, he was selected to The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers. He has been identified as a “SuperLawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine’s annual review and has been identified as a top high yield debt practitioner in The Legal 500’s annual review of Corporate & Finance attorneys.

More

Thought Leadership

Publications 

The High Yield Offering: An Issuer's Perspective (2d ed., July 2006)

Earnouts Raise Issues Over Control, The National Law Journal (2005)

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Negotiating the High Yield Indenture, The Venture Capital Review (Summer 2005)

Liquidity Alternatives for Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors in Thinly Traded Public Companies (Winter 2004/2005)

In the Twilight Zone: The Unique Status of High Yield-Only Issuers, Insights (2004)

Public Company Acquisitions and Going Private Transactions, Financier Worldwide (2003)

SEC Issues Flurry of New Rules in Accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley Deadline, Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2003)

Putting Audit Committee Reform in its Historical Context: Revolution or Evolution?, Corporate Counsel Magazine (2003)

Practice Varies Regarding Due Diligence Undertaken to Support Personal Certification of SEC Reports, Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2002)

SEC Orders Personal Certification of SEC Reports by CEOs and CFOs of Large Public Companies, Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2002)

A Failure of Communication: An Argument for the Closing of the NYSE Floor, 26 U. MICH. J. L. REFORM 485 (1993)

Above All Do No Harm: The Application of the Exon-Florio Amendment to Dual Use Technologies, 13 MICH. J. INT'L L. 1002 (1992)

Seminars

Practising Law Institute, “Drafting Corporate Agreements” (chair 2006-2013)

Practising Law Institute, “Understanding the Securities Laws” (2004-2013)

CBA Securities Law Institute, “’33 Act update and developments” (2002-2007)

“High Yield Offerings: An Issuer’s Perspective,” Merrill Corp. Publication (with Mark Tresnowski) (2004)

Practising Law Institute, “Accounting and Finance” (2006)

“Earnouts Raise Issues Over Control,” The National Law Journal (2005)

“The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Negotiating the High Yield Indenture,” The Venture Capital Review (Summer 2005)

Liquidity Alternatives for Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors in Thinly Traded Public Companies, The Venture Capital Review (Winter 2004/2005)

PricewaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum, “The Post Sarbanes-Oxley Regulated Era” (2004)

“In the Twilight Zone: The Unique Status of High Yield-Only Issuers,” Insights (2004)

The SEC Institute, “Sarbanes-Oxley in its Third Year” (2004)

“Public Company Acquisitions and Going Private Transactions,” Financier Worldwide (2003)

“SEC Issues Flurry of New Rules in Accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley Deadline,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2003)

Co-Chair, 1933 Act Subcommittee, Securities Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association (2002-2003)

“Putting Audit Committee Reform in its Historical Context: Revolution or Evolution?” Corporate Counsel Magazine (2003)

“Corporate Responsibility in an Era of Regulatory Change: Making Sense of the New Rules,” Kirkland & Ellis Client Seminar (2002)

“Corporate Responsibility in an Era of Regulatory Change: The View From the U.S.,” New Zealand Speaking Tour (2002)

“Practice Varies Regarding Due Diligence Undertaken to Support Personal Certification of SEC Reports,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2002)

“SEC Orders Personal Certification of SEC Reports by CEOs and CFOs of Large Public Companies,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert (2002)

“Business Combinations and Goodwill/Intangible Assets: SFAS Nos. 141 and 142,” PricewaterhouseCoopers Client Seminar (2001)

Kirkland & Ellis Public Company Precedent Project, Chair, Ad Hoc Precedent Committee (2001 - 2003)

“Law and Accounting: The Transactional Lawyer’s Perspective,” Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School (2000 - 2002)

“A Failure of Communication: An Argument for the Closing of the NYSE Floor,” 26 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 485 (1993)

“Above All Do No Harm: The Application of the Exon-Florio Amendment to Dual Use Technologies,” 13 Mich. J. Int’l L. 1002 (1992)

Memberships & Affiliations

The Economic Club of Chicago

American Bar Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1993Illinois
  • 2007New York

Education

  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.1993

    Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

    Published two notes in separate U of M legal journals

  • Auburn UniversityM.B.A.1990
  • Michigan State UniversityB.A., Economic Policy Analysis1986