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Jack S. Levin

Jack S. Levin graduated summa cum laude from the Northwestern University’s Undergraduate School of Business in 1958, and in 1961 graduated summa cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he was recent case editor of the Harvard Law Review and ranked first in a class of 500.  He served as law clerk to Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1961-62 and as assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States for tax matters under Archibald Cox and Thurgood Marshall from 1965 to 1967.  He was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 1962 to 1965 and has been a partner since 1967.

Mr. Levin specializes in mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital and private equity investing, formation of venture capital and private equity funds, executive compensation,  restructuring financially troubled companies, and the tax, corporate, and SEC aspects of complex business transactions.

In July 2013 The American Lawyer magazine named him one of the 50 American lawyers who “over the last 50 years … have had an outsize impact on the [legal] profession,” by helping to “lay the legal groundwork for the then nascent private equity industry.”

He is the winner of the Illinois Gold Medal on the May 1958 CPA exam, co-author (along with Donald E. Rocap and the late Prof. Martin D. Ginsburg) of the five volume treatise Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts (4,900 pages), first published in 1989 and republished in updated form semi-annually, and co-author (along with Donald E. Rocap) of the treatise Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions (1,350 pages), first published in 1994 and republished in updated form annually.  He was formerly a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, teaches part-time at University of Chicago Law School, as well as at Harvard Law School, and has written and spoken extensively on federal income tax, M&A, and private equity.


B.S. 1958 Northwestern University, LL.B. 1961 Harvard Law.