Kayla Z. X. Southworth

Managing Associate

New York

Kayla Southworth is a Managing Associate in the New York office and a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Kayla advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. She also advises fund sponsors and institutional investors in private investment funds.

She was trained as a litigator and antitrust lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk before transitioning into corporate practice at Orrick. She excels at quickly developing in-depth knowledge about various industries, markets, and companies, and she enjoys providing essential legal and business advice to clients in a wide range of industries (including financial services, technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer products). As part of her prior antitrust work, she regularly analyzed potential synergies, evaluated relevant product and geographic markets, and identified potential divestiture scenarios to obtain regulatory approval of proposed transactions.

  • Kayla's recent transactions (one prior to Orrick) include:

    • Advising Shopify on its acquisition of 6 River Systems
    • Advising Aetna in connection with the DOJ Antitrust Division’s review of its sale to CVS Health
    • Advising a private investment fund on the sale of one of its portfolio companies through an auction bid process
    • Advising a renewable energy company on its sale to a strategic buyer
    • Advising an asset management company in the formation of a joint venture