Technology & IP Transactions

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Kirkland is one of the best at anticipating and solving matters with respect to deal work. Because of the breadth and depth of their bench, they are able to handle very sophisticated matters. - Chambers USA, 2023

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 40 years and includes a global team of 80 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.

Tier 1 for Technology Law

“Best Law Firms,” U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, 2011–2023

Highly Recommended Transactions Firm

IAM Patent 1000, 2015–2023

Top Tier for Technology: Transactions

The Legal 500, 2018–2023