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Mergers & Acquisition Clearance Assistant

Job ID: 7549

Updated: Jan 23, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal


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 alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; 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 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Mergers & Acquisitions Clearance Team is a specialized group that works within Kirkland’s larger Antitrust & Competition Practice Group. The team primarily provides support for Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Premerger Notification and Report forms, which are premerger notification filings that are submitted to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on behalf of various Kirkland clients, many of which are private equity firms. HSR filings provide information about large mergers and acquisitions before they occur and contain details regarding each company’s business.

The Mergers & Acquisitions Clearance Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the preparation and submission of HSR filings and will also assist with the coordination of global competition filings. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, good oral and written communication skills, and excellent attention to detail. The ability to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment is crucial. Applicants should be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team to assist all members of the M&A Clearance Team in various stages of the HSR and competition filing process.


1) Assist with the preparation of HSR filings (training will be provided):

  • Input all items of the HSR form
  • Draft tailored information requests for clients
  • Research company NAICS & NAPCS codes
  • Collect, prepare and review HSR exhibits (including merger agreements, financial statements, and deal documents) for accuracy
  • Compile and organize detailed HSR exhibit logs for each HSR filing
  • Use EDGAR on to research public company data
  • Communicate and coordinate with all M&A Clearance Team members across offices to meet HSR filing deadlines

2) Assist with large-scale data organization projects:

  • Maintain client HSR filing data tracking templates in Excel
  • Collect and compile sales/assets by country information
  • Input HSR filing data and other deal data into the team’s Relativity database, which is used to regularly compile statistics on HSR filings and trends
  • Meticulously maintain all HSR working and precedent files in Kirkland’s Document Management System

3) Assist with other miscellaneous projects & tasks:

  • Track client news, private equity websites, and other industry news sources
  • Update & refresh templates and team resource decks and documents
  • Attend and participate in weekly team meetings, monthly team trainings, and monthly antitrust group meetings
  • Assist with pro bono or other non-HSR-related matters for attorneys within the group if/when needs arise

Qualifications & Requirements

The ideal M&A Clearance Assistant is either a recent college graduate with a strong interest in the legal profession or someone with 2-3 years of related experience looking to enter the legal profession. For any applicant, a background in finance or economics, or an interest in antitrust, is a plus. Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe Acrobat. Overtime availability is a must and applicants should be able to commit to the position for at least two years.

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