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Business Development Coordinator (Transactional)

Job ID: 4345

Updated: Nov 17, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Business Development

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking a coordinator to support the marketing/business development efforts of the Firmwide Transactional practices (M&A/Private Equity, Debt Finance and Capital Markets, among others). You will report to the Associate Director of Transactional Business Development and the Practice Intelligence Manager, and will work closely with other BD team members including the Director of Transactional Business Development in New York.

You will be responsible for the tracking and maintaining the Firm’s transactional experience which supports the overall efforts to grow the Firm’s ever-expanding client base, helps attorneys pitch new business more effectively and boosts the Firm’s rankings in external league tables and awards programs. Your top priority will be the quality and integrity of the data in our corporate matter inventory database. You will also provide our attorneys with general support across all areas of marketing and development, business/relationship intelligence and contact relationship management. 

In this role, you will need to be comfortable in an internal database environment, understand the elements of an M&A transaction, be able to distinguish among various types of transactions, and have the ability to distill complex deal information into a succinct, digestible format. 

Our international BD team provides seamless service to our attorneys, with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness. In short, we are looking for a self-starter, with good judgement and an interest in a professional services career.


  • Research and collect data on historical and current matters for transactional practices (M&A/Private Equity, Debt Finance, Capital Markets)
  • Contribute and assist in the development and ongoing maintenance of a Firmwide corporate practice database


  • Creating and maintaining marketing materials for new business pitches and client presentations
  • Maintaining attorney biographies
  • Company and market research
  • General Business Development support

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and guests of the Firm are a must -- even at a junior level. You should be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios) so you need to be able to multi-task and prioritize effectively. A history of taking initiative is essential to success in this position. We are looking for a true achiever with a drive to succeed.

The position demands meticulous data entry, writing and proofing skills, and you need to possess a general facility for learning new software. A Bachelor’s degree is required. An understanding of complex M&A and finance transactions is required. professional experience and a background in M&A/private equity are preferred and law firm, corporate finance, research analyst and investment banking experience are a plus.

As a preeminent law firm serving global clients in an array of industries, we are proud of the talented teams who drive forward our success. We employ outstanding professionals from diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to supporting our attorneys and the Firm.


  • Microsoft Office Suite (proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel are required)
  • Market intelligence platforms, including BoardEx, Rel Sci, Capital IQ, ThomsonOne, Preqin, Manzama, The Deal Pipeline, Pitchbook and Corporate Affiliations
  • Database/CRM Software (e.g., ContentPilot, InterAction, etc.)


This role requires interaction with attorneys and administrative personnel on a regular basis, as well as communicating deal information to various groups within the Business Development Department. The successful candidate will possess outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment with meticulous attention to detail and a professional demeanor.

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