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Business Development Coordinator (Transactional)

Job ID: 5266

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

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 efforts of the Firm’s Marketing/Business Development (BD) function for the transactional practices (M&A/Private Equity, Debt Finance and Capital Markets, among others).

You will be responsible for the research, collection, and maintenance of historical and current matter information on M&A/private equity transactions for the Firm’s corporate matter inventory database. Other responsibilities include supporting the day-to day functions of the business development team including creating/writing, maintaining and refining marketing materials, including pitches, RFPs and substantive presentations; conducting market research, practice area descriptions and attorney biography maintenance, CRM data entry/maintenance, industry/client trend tracking, and general business development support.

Our ideal candidate will be comfortable in an internal database environment. You will understand the elements of an M&A transaction and be able to distinguish among various types of transactions as well as have the ability to distill complex deal information into a succinct, digestible format. 

This position reports directly to the Director of Transactional Business Development in Chicago.


  • Researching and collecting data on historical and current matters for transactional practices (M&A/private equity, Debt Finance, Capital Markets)
  • Contributing and assisting 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

  • A four-year degree is required.
  • 2+ years of professional experience and a background in M&A/private equity are preferred.
  • An understanding of complex M&A and finance transactions is required.
  • Law firm, corporate finance, research analyst and investment banking experience are a plus.


  • A solid command of a number of different software applications to produce high-end, professional work product, including the Microsoft Office Suite (proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel are required)
  • Must have experience with various market intelligence platforms, including BoardEx, Rel Sci, Capital IQ, ThomsonOne, Preqin, Manzama, The Deal Pipeline, Pitchbook and Corporate Affiliations.
  • Experience with InterAction or an equivalent Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system is a plus.

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