Edward J. Lee is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ed’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism defense.
Ed is recognized as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon. Ed has been recognized as a leading lawyer and as highly regarded within the M&A practice by IFLR1000, and as a Rising Star in Corporate/M&A by Expert Guides. Recently, Ed was one of six M&A lawyers recognized by Law360 as a Rising Star under 40.
Ed has deep experience advising major public companies and private equity firms on their most significant domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as on spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, and initial public and other complex securities offerings. Since 2019, Ed has advised on M&A transactions valued at over $300 billion. Ed has also advised numerous boards of directors and senior management teams in connection with unsolicited takeover proposals, as well as in response to shareholder activism campaigns and other contested situations involving, among others, Elliott Management, Jana Partners, Sachem Head, Third Point, Pershing Square, Relational Investors, and Starboard Value.