Igor Kirman is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, activism and takeover defense, corporate governance and general corporate matters. He has advised public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, cross-border deals, shareholder activism, takeover defenses and corporate governance matters.
Mr Kirman is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and has written articles in numerous professional publications on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He recently published a book, "M&A and Private Equity Confidentiality Agreements" (Aspatore). He was named as Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer for 2006 and also 2015. He is the chair of the Practising Law Institute's annual "Doing Deals" program in New York and teaches a course on mergers and acquisitions as an adjunct at Columbia Law School. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Practical Law Company and on the Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Board of Strafford Publications.
Mr Kirman received a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics magna cum laude from Yale University in 1993. He completed his JD at Columbia Law School in 1996, where he was notes editor of the Columbia Law Review. His student note, "Standing Apart to be a Part: The Precedential Value of Supreme Court Concurring Opinions", 95 Colum. L. Rev. 2083 (1995), was selected as the winner of a national writing competition and awarded the Scribes Law Review Writing Award.
Mr Kirman is a member of the American Bar Association, where he serves on the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions (and is a member of its Financial Advisor Task Force) and the Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital; and is a member of the New York City Bar Association. He is involved in a number of civic institutions, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is a Trustee of the Trinity School. He was born in Ukraine and speaks Russian.