Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Expands M&A Practice with Hire of David Klein in New York

Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced today that David Klein has joined the New York office as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group.

“David is a rising star in the M&A world and will be an invaluable addition to our elite M&A and private equity practice in New York,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His significant experience advising on public and private company transactions, joint ventures, activist defense and other significant corporate matters will be a huge benefit to our clients in New York and across the Firm.”

Mr. Klein’s high-profile assignments include representing Qualcomm in its successful takeover defense against a $130 billion hostile bid from Broadcom; EXOR in its $6.9 billion unsolicited takeover of PartnerRe; ILG in its $4.7 billion sale to Marriott Vacations Worldwide; HP Inc. in its $1 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ printer business; and ADP in its successful proxy contest against Pershing Square, among many others.

Mr. Klein has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work on “M&A: large deals ($1bn+)” and “Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards.” He earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law. He was previously a partner with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

“Kirkland has an extremely talented group of M&A lawyers and I’m excited to join the team,” said David Klein. “This is a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop my practice and help to expand upon the already exceptional platform at Kirkland.”

Kirkland’s transactional practice advises public and private companies and firms on all types of M&A transactions. The practice is coordinated globally, with the unique ability to bring together best-in-class lawyers in all major markets across an extensive M&A/private equity platform. Kirkland regularly maintains its position at the forefront of high-profile, cutting-edge transactions and consistently leads the market in both number and value of deals. For the first half of 2019, Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Refinitiv all ranked Kirkland #1 and #2 for both global and U.S. M&A by deal count and deal value respectively.

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm with 2,500 attorneys representing clients in M&A, private equity and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has no headquarters location, and operates from 15 offices around the world: Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.