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Kirkland Welcomes Antitrust Partner Andrea Agathoklis Murino

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Andrea Agathoklis Murino has joined the Firm as a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Group. Ms. Murino will be based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

“Andrea is a talented antitrust attorney and leader in the legal community with an impressive record representing clients in successful clearances for proposed transactions, merger litigation and other antitrust and competition matters,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “Her arrival bolsters our strong antitrust team, and will help us continue to meet clients’ needs for sophisticated competition counsel on their complex mergers and acquisitions.”

Ms. Murino has private and public sector experience securing clearances for proposed transactions before the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and international competition law enforcement agencies. She has successfully represented hundreds of clients through all aspects of transaction-related investigations, including high-profile Second Requests and dozens of intensive public and non-public investigations. She also has experience representing clients in merger litigation, consumer protection matters and numerous other competition matters, including dominant firm conduct, competitor collaborations, and distribution practices. Her clients include companies in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, financial services, telecommunications, medical devices, consumer products, hospitality, real estate and retail industries.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 U.S. and Who’s Who Legal Competition have recognised her as a top lawyer. She is active in the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law, presently serving as an editor of Antitrust Magazine. As a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Ms. Murino has led webinars to educate lawyers on developments at the intersection of healthcare and antitrust law.

Ms. Murino joins Kirkland from Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was co-chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. Previously, she was an attorney advisor to former FTC Chairman and Commissioner William Kovacic, and served as a counsel to two assistant attorneys general for antitrust at the Department of Justice.

Ms. Murino holds a law degree from The George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from American University.

Marc Jacobson named Entertainment Lawyer of the Year

Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in New York City, Marc Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film. He has represented the estates of world-renowned musicians George and Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and noted songwriters Shakira and Annie Roboff. He handled many films, including “Conviction,” starring two-time Academy Award Winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell. He represented Oscar Nominee Rip Torn and is now Executive Producer of Dennis Hopper’s final film. He also held senior executive positions at several major Internet companies, and has significant experience in the entertainment and Internet industries. He currently advises many clients from around the globe on the business and intellectual property issues faced by entertainment businesses in the digital age, and offers creative business and financing strategies. This includes matters relating to the creation, development and exploitation of intellectual property rights in internet-based content as well as traditional film, television, video, music and theatrical matters. Some of his clients include industry leaders like Qtrax, which offers free and legal music on line to consumers in 66 countries, in an advertising supported environment; The New York Philharmonic; singer/songwriter Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and Vice Chairman of ASCAP; Amy Atlas, “The Sweets Stylist” and Brian and Eddie Holland, noted songwriters for The Supremes, The Four Tops and many other important performers. Mr. Jacobson also represents Ibiza United, which operates nightclubs in Spain, and is opening two nightclubs in New York City, as well as two music festivals in Croatia and Columbia.

As a result of Marc Jacobson’s broad business and legal background, he is frequently sought out as an adviser by a diverse group of individuals and companies in connection with production, licensing, financing, recording, distributing, publishing, joint venture, personal service and related contracts. He has unique experience and expertise in handling the purchase and sale of music publishing catalogues and the financing, production and distribution of filmed entertainment. He is also well known for his strong experience with regard to the approval and disaffirmance of minors’ contracts.

Marc Jacobson graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in three states: New York, California (inactive) and Florida (inactive). Mr. Jacobson is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts and Sports Law. In his capacity as the former General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer and SVP of Public Policy for a major online service, Mr. Jacobson was among the pioneers in digital media law, and was a principal draftsman of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Due to his unparalleled experience in the field, he was called upon to offer expert testimony before Congress and WIPO regarding the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. An invited lecturer at industry conferences across the country on issues relating to entertainment and digital media law, Mr. Jacobson also served as Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School.