Kathryn R. Strong

Kathryn R. Strong

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Kathryn R. Strong is a Corporate Partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office. Kathryn advises clients on corporate transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions in a cross-border context.

Prior to joining the Firm, Kathryn was an associate editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, and served as a student law clerk to US District Judge Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Focus

Kathryn advises clients in a wide range of product and service sectors on corporate and transactional matters, with emphasis on cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, internal corporate restructurings, tax-efficient transactions, and other strategic transactions. She has advised clients on numerous complex multijurisdictional carve-out transactions in regulated industries.

As a seasoned Baker McKenzie attorney, Kathryn is experienced in leading diverse teams of attorneys on major projects, working with in-house legal departments and other third party advisors to achieve strategic objectives and meet critical project timelines. Kathryn also assists clients with doing business globally and expanding internationally, including entity formation, tax planning, compliance matters and commercial contracts. Her experience includes representing domestic and non-US companies in their activities in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised McDonald's on its acquisition of Apprente, an artificial intelligence voice technology company based in Silicon Valley.

  • Advised Walgreens on its specialty pharmacy and mail service pharmacy joint venture with Prime Therapeutics.

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in the sale of the St. Jude Medical Angio-Seal and FemoSeal vascular closure devices business to Terumo Corporation.

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in connection with the sale of its non-US developed markets specialty and branded generics business to Mylan, Inc. in exchange for an approximately 21% equity interest in Mylan, Inc.

  • Advised Galapagos NV on its 10 year global research and development collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc.

  • Represented Booking Holdings Inc. in its acquisition of experiences booking software start-up FareHarbor.

  • Advised Illinois Tool Works Inc. on the global separation of its industrial packaging business and the international aspects of its subsequent divestiture to The Carlyle Group. 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association - Member
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Corporate Associate Young Professional


  • Illinois~United States


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (J.D.) (2012)
  • Northwestern University (B.A.) (2008)