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Private Equity M&A Business Development / Marketing Specialist

Job ID: 7375

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking an experienced specialist to support the marketing and business development efforts of the Firm’s Private Equity M&A practice as part of the Business Development (BD) Department in our New York office.

In this role, you will handle a variety of functions for the firmwide Private Equity M&A practice, including preparing strategic presentations for current and prospective clients; creating, maintaining and refining marketing materials; conducting research and preparing business intelligence reports on targets, competitors and industries; and other special projects as assigned by the Associate Director of BD.

We are looking for a candidate who possesses strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with lawyers and staff to achieve results. You will possess excellent organizational and project management skills, outstanding editing and proofing skills, the ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment, a strong attention to detail and a professional and polished demeanor.

We operate from a team-first position and value honesty, diligence and open communication. Success in this role will depend upon your ability to collaborate effectively with team members (including seeking help and asking questions when needed), develop familiarity with the Firm’s various resources and systems, hone your instincts to anticipate questions and potential issues, independently manage your time and consistently “go the extra mile” without being asked.

You will report to the Private Equity M&A BD Associate Director in New York. You will also communicate and collaborate regularly with a global team of approximately 150 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm. Kirkland’s international BD team provides seamless service to our attorneys with a focus on quality, innovation and responsiveness.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Produce bespoke, client-facing pitch materials, presentations and responses to RFPs – including compiling, proofreading, formatting, editing and finalizing documents in requested format.
  • Serve as resource and authority on the Firm’s Private Equity M&A experience – including a strong understanding of the Firm’s internal M&A database and quarterly league table results.
  • Maintain accurate, updated marketing collateral including practice descriptions, brochures, PowerPoint templates, transaction descriptions, league table rankings and attorney biographies.
  • Conduct research and prepare intelligence reports on clients, potential clients, competitors and target industries to understand market position and drive marketing efforts.
  • Help maintain and update content in our Firmwide experience database.
  • Compile, interpret, analyze and export data in relation to requests from multiple internal stakeholders and departments.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with Transactional BD & Marketing leads, functional area specialists, practice teams and Firm administrative departments.

Qualifications & Requirements

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.
  • 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 existing and potential clients.
  • 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 handle ambiguity, weigh options and find ways to move initiatives forward to meet critical deadlines and produce results.
  • Collaborative approach to working within a team, including the ability to take direction and implement feedback.
  • Meticulous data entry, writing and proofing skills and a general facility for learning new software.
  • Solid command of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint).
  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • 5+ years of professional experience, with a background in PE/M&A, business development, financial services or project management
  • Strong technical proficiency and familiarity with tools like Preqin, Pitchbook, CapIQ, CRM, Mergermarket platform, Bloomberg terminal, Refinitiv workspace, etc.

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