Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s market-leading global Technology & IP Transactions practice. He serves as lead counsel in complex or strategic deals where technology assets or opportunities are core to the deal’s value proposition.
Seth has over 20 years’ experience negotiating oftentimes transformative M&A deals, financings, joint ventures, collaborations, licenses, and other strategic commercial agreements for clients. Seth is a key advisor supporting significant M&A transactions for leading public companies and premier private equity sponsors. Over the course of his career, he has worked on more than 200 completed technology-intensive M&A deals, more than 125 completed carve-outs, and more than 40 joint ventures and collaborations. He is particularly experienced advising clients on transactions involving business models where commercial matters heavily intersect with legal matters, complicated business separations involving the entanglement of technology and intangible assets as well as advising sponsor clients on the full lifecycle of their investments.
Seth’s successful track record of advising companies on technology’s impact on their corporate strategies and business models has earned him a ranking for nine consecutive years in the IAM Patent 1000, which noted that his “tech-intensive M&A experience is virtually second to none” and called him “a master craftsman of complex, international deals of all stripes.” He was also recognized for “Technology: Transactions” and “Patents: Licensing” in the 2018–2022 editions of The Legal 500 United States. In addition, Seth’s work in “Media & Entertainment: Transactional” was recognized in The Legal 500 United States in 2022. He has worked on numerous award-winning transactions, including an innovative financing arrangement for United Airlines, which was named IFLR’s Debt Capital Markets U.S. Deal of the Year in 2021, and Blackstone’s transformative partnership with Hipgnosis Song Management that was named IFLR’s Private Equity Deal of the Year in 2022.
Admissions & Qualifications
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1998
- Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1997Articles Editor, Northwestern Law Review
- University of KansasB.A.cum laude1993Phi Beta Kappa
Civic and Pro Bono
Director of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
Former board member for Equip for Equality and the highly-acclaimed Writers’ Theatre
Kirkland Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service, 2007–2020