Technology & IP Transactions

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Kirkland & Ellis’ Technology & IP Transactions Practice focuses on business transactions driven by intangible assets, technological assets, and attendant IP rights. The practice has been a continuous part of Kirkland & Ellis for over 35 years and includes a global team of 45 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 many types of transactions driven by innovation or technological opportunities. These include joint ventures, strategic alliances, licenses, outsourcing, collaborations, and other strategic commercial agreements. 

  • Our practice works very closely with other core practice groups at the Firm – including the Corporate/M&A Practice, Restructuring Practice, and Tax Practice – on all technology and IP aspects of public and private corporate transactions. This includes 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 and practical deal lawyers who understand how to structure, negotiate, and close complex transactions.

  • Kirkland has been recognized as of one of the most highly regarded and active practices in the field by publications such as The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA, Chambers Global and IAM Patent 1000.

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