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Marketing Assistant (Transactional)

Job ID: 6854

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

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 an organized assistant to support the marketing and business development efforts of the Firm’s Transactional Practice as part of the Business Development (BD) Department in the Chicago office. Kirkland's transactional attorneys represent some of the world’s most sophisticated public and private companies, as well as private equity sponsors, on their most complex, high-profile business transactions.

You will liaise closely with the lawyers and handle a variety of functions, including data management, business pitches and client presentations, business/relationship intelligence and internal communications. You should be comfortable in an internal database as well as working in a team environment, with a keen eye for organization and detail. Understanding the elements of an M&A transaction is an advantage, but more importantly you will need to be able to think critically, analyze data effectively and convey complex information clearly.

While each week is unique in its demands, here is a sampling of tasks you may be asked to handle: review news alerts from BusinessWire, Law360 and Mergermarket to compile a list of the Firm’s M&A transactions for the week, assist in putting together a list of the Firm’s healthcare experience for a client pitch, turn edits in pitch materials following attorney feedback and update attorney bios with recent transactions.

You will report to the Transactional Business Development Manager with oversight from the Transactional Business Development Director, both based in Chicago. You will also collaborate regularly with a global team of approximately 140 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader marketing, business development and communications efforts of the Firm. 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.


  • Engage in thoughtful, comprehensive research of the Firm’s transactions across a wide breadth of industries, geographies and transaction types using a variety of internal and external resources, including The Deal Pipeline, Capital IQ, Pitchbook, Corporate Affiliations and others.
  • Compile, interpret, analyze and export data in relation to requests from multiple stakeholders and departments.
  • Assist with the data approval and dissemination process for over 25+ external data vendors.
  • Assist in the production of bespoke, client-facing pitch materials, presentations and responses to RFPs – including compiling, proofreading, formatting, editing, printing, binding and delivery
  • Maintain content on practice areas, industries and attorneys (e.g. bios, practice descriptions, etc.).
  • Maintain data in the Firm’s contact relationship management (CRM) system by reviewing and curating targeted mailing lists for various marketing campaigns and client programming, recording activities such as client meetings, updating current contact information, conducting regular database audits and executing other meaningful back-end data entry projects.

Other Funtions:

  • Provide administrative assistance – including budgeting, expense reporting, phone support, scheduling, travel, etc.— as needed.
  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Required Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, clients, staff and guests of the Firm.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and execute a diverse range of tasks with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative, adapt to change and work independently in high-pressure, deadline-driven scenarios while exercising sound judgment and making intelligent, informed decisions.
  • Excellent client service orientation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with various levels of personnel, internally and externally, including partners and clients of the Firm.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity, weigh options and find ways to move initiatives forward to meet critical deadlines and produce results.
  • Meticulous data entry, writing and proofing skills and a general facility for learning new software.
  • A solid command of different software applications to produce high-end, professional work product, including extensive experience in PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Education, Work Experience Skills

  • One to two years’ experience in a law firm or professional services environment.
  • Working knowledge of various market intelligence and research platforms, including CapIQ, ThomsonOne, Bloomberg, Mergermarket, The Deal Pipeline and Pitchbook.
  • Experience with CRM/database software (e.g., InterAction, Salesforce, ContentPilot, etc.).


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.
  • This role offers a hybrid work arrangement.

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