Overview

Matthew Solum is a senior litigation partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Having tried more than twenty cases to decision, he is a go-to trial lawyer for high‑stakes disputes, including in the securities, M&A, and complex commercial arenas.

Mr. Solum has been recognized by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and Law360. In Chambers, clients praise him as “very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with,” noting that “when you deal with him, you feel that he is very focused on your case.” He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in M&A Litigation: Defense by The Legal 500 U.S. In 2014, he was recognized by Law360 as among the top ten attorneys in the nation under 40 in the securities arena, having “built a sterling reputation as a go-to closer for companies in fending off large shareholder class actions and other litigation.”

As a leading securities and shareholder litigator, Mr. Solum represents financial institutions and a diverse group of public companies and their directors and officers in high-stakes securities matters. Recently, he has secured dismissals of securities claims in numerous putative class actions, derivative lawsuits, and other securities matters.

Mr. Solum also represents acquirers, targets, boards of directors, special committees and financial advisors in all manner of M&A litigation. He represents purchasers and sellers of businesses in connection with contract, fraud, indemnification, purchase price and working capital claims.

In complex commercial matters, he handles contract, fraud, fiduciary duty, tortious interference, antitrust, trade secret, trade dress, slander and libel claims.

In addition to appearing before federal and state courts throughout the country, Matthew has handled bet-the-company disputes in arbitration, appearing before AAA, FINRA, ICC, UNCITRAL and JAMs arbitration panels.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

"Mergers & Acquisitions: A Roundtable Discussion," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 1, 2019

"Forum-Selection for Federal Securities Claims After Sciabacucchi," Securities Regulation Daily, January 11, 2019

"When Improbable Claims Come from Unnamed Sources: Defense Strategies in Securities Cases Involving Confidential Witnesses," Securities Regulation Daily, October 24, 2018

"Comcast Creates Roadblocks for Securities Plaintiffs But Does Not Foreclose All Claims," Securities Regulation Daily, July 20, 2018

“Recent Trends In Books And Records Demands,” Law360, January 30, 2018

Pro-Arbitration Policy Gets Put to the Test,” Bloomberg BNA: Labor & Employment, October 26, 2017

PLI Financial Services Mediation Answer Book, Mediation Submissions Chapter, June 19, 2017

'GE Oil & Gas v. Turbine Generation Services': An Agreement to (Dis)agree?,” New York Law Journal, March 17, 2017

When Is an Oral Agreement Sufficiently Definite to Be Enforceable?New York Law Journal, December 12, 2016

Extraterritorial Reach Of US Securities Laws Post-Morrison,” Law360, September 23, 2016

Expedition Standards Tighten in M&A Litigation,” Law360, July 7, 2016

Securities Class Actions: American Phenomenon Goes Global,” Law360, May 6, 2016

Challenging An Arbitrator Ab Initio: A Primer,” Law360, February 8, 2016

Director Removal Without Cause,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 8, 2016

“Third Parties Beware: Claims Against Advisers May Live On After Director Charges Die,” Westlaw Journal, November 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Sets High Bar for Section 11 Securities Claims Based on Statements of Belief or Opinion,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert, April 13, 2015

Crossing State Lines Again—Appraisal Rights Outside of Delaware,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 25, 2015

Advantages of Board Actions on a 'Clear Day',” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 26, 2014 

Kirkland & Ellis discusses Shareholder 'Books and Records' Demands after the Wal-Mart Decision,” Columbia Law School's Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, August 19, 2014

“Recent Developments in Appraisal Claims,” Practising Law Institute, Delaware Law Developments 2014: What All Business Lawyers Need to Know, May 2014

The Evolving Face of Deal Litigation,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, March 27, 2014

'Holistic' Review of Scienter Allegations in Securities Fraud Class Actions Resulting in Increased Number of Dismissals,” Kirkland & Ellis Alert, February 10, 2014

Delaware vs. New York Governing Law,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 2, 2014

Out of Context—Delaware Clarifies on 'Weak' Fairness Opinions,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 29, 2013

Director Independence: Interplay Between Delaware Law and Exchange Rules,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, October 7, 2013

“Risk Oversight in China Operations,” Corporate Board Member, August 2013

Appraisal Rights—The Next Frontier in Deal Litigation?,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, May 16, 2013

Seminars

Federal Securities Institute - Delaware Law Developments, February 2019

Federal Securities Institute - Delaware Law Developments, January 2018

NY Private Equity Network - Lessons Learned from Working Capital Disputes, November 2016

Harvard Law School - Corporate Governance: “Special Committees,” September 2016

PLI - Legal Drafting: Effective Writing to Avoid Litigation Pitfalls, August 2016

NYU Law School - Negotiating Corporate Transactions, “M&A Litigation,” Spring 2013, 2014 and 2015

PLI - Delaware Law Developments 2014, Appraisal Litigation, May 2014

New York American Inn of Court, “The Future of Securities Regulation Under the Obama Administration” — Panelist, March 2009

New York American Inn of Court, “Subprime” — Panelist, March 2008

Recognition

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: Securities

The Legal 500 United States for Securities Litigation: Defense and Commercial Litigation

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a "Leading Lawyer" for M&A Litigation: Defense, 2018

Recognized in Law360 as a “Rising Star” for Securities, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000New York

Courts

  • Matthew is admitted to federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.1999
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of California, BerkeleyB.S., Chemistry1996
    Research Published in “Monte Carlo Methods in Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry”