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Paul Weiss M&A Partner Joins Kirkland in New York

July 24, 2019, 5:05 PM

Kirkland & Ellis has added Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison partner David Klein as a partner in its corporate practice group in New York.

Klein joined Paul Weiss in 2011 from Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he spent four years as an associate. He became partner at the Wall Street firm in 2016.

Klein, who represents both public and private companies in M&A transactions and activist defense, worked across the table from Kirkland on several deals over the years. His decision to join Kirkland felt like the right move at the right time, he said.

“It’s a platform that’s been growing by leaps and bounds and I just really love the energetic and entrepreneurial feel of the place,” Klein said.

Klein was a part of the Paul Weiss team led by former Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner Scott Barshay that represented Qualcomm in its successful takeover defense against a $142 billion hostile bid by rival Broadcom in 2018.

He also advised on European investment company EXOR S.p.A’s $6.9 billion unsolicited takeover of PartnerRe in 2015 and ILG Inc. in its $4.7 billion sale to Marriott Vacations Worldwide in 2018.

Klein was also a part of the Paul Weiss team that represented General Electric in its proposed $21 billion sale of its biopharma unit to Danaher earlier this year.

In his move to Kirkland, Klein said he plans on using the firm’s platform to further build on his existing client relationships and expand his practice by establishing new ones.

“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,” Jeffrey Hammes, chairman of Kirkland’s global management executive committee, said in a statement.

Despite a decrease in total global M&A activity this year, Kirkland’s practice has advised on over $350 billion in deals thus far in 2019, according to Bloomberg data. The firm has also advised on 332 deals this year, the most of any law firm.

Klein’s addition comes a few weeks after Paul Weiss picked up Kirkland private equity partner Sarah Stasny as a partner in its corporate department.

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com