Technology & IP Transactions

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Overview

The team is fluent in all aspects of how to improve a deal and as such it brings a lot of value to our transactions. - Chambers USA, 2020

Our Technology & IP Transactions Practice Group focuses on business transactions driven by intangible assets, technological assets and attendant intellectual property rights. The practice has been a continuous part of Kirkland & Ellis for nearly 40 years and includes a global team of more than 70 lawyers fully dedicated to negotiating, structuring and closing complex transactions relating to technology and IP.

  • In addition to being an integral part of Kirkland’s market-leading M&A practice by complementing our M&A deal teams, we lead negotiations and structure transactions driven by innovation or technological opportunities. These include joint ventures, strategic alliances, licenses, outsourcing, collaborations and other strategic commercial agreements.
  • We collaborate with other core practice groups at the Firm – including the Corporate/M&A, Restructuring, and Tax practices – on all technology and IP aspects of public and private corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings.
  • Approximately half of our lawyers have degrees or professional backgrounds in technical areas.
  • In addition to understanding law and technology, we are experienced, practical deal lawyers who understand how to structure, negotiate and close complex transactions.

Our practice is unique in the diversity of our clients and the range of the work undertaken. Because we represent clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to middle-market companies to growth-stage businesses, we see business arrangements from all perspectives and understand the diverse needs of all parties to a particular transaction.

Law Firm of the Year: Technology Law

“Best Law Firms,” U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, 2019

Highly Recommended Transactions Firm

IAM Patent 1000, 2015–2020

Top Tier for Technology: Transactions

The Legal 500, 2018–2020