Chicago, Illinois 60650
is recognized internationally as one of the top U.S. attorneys in the area of private investment fund formation and management. As a leader of Kirkland’s Private Funds Group, he has been instrumental over the course of two decades in developing Kirkland’s industry-leading global practice.
In addition to his private funds work, Chris oversees M&A, financing, securities, intellectual property, litigation, restructuring, tax, estate planning and other matters for a wide-range of clients, including private equity funds and their current and former portfolio companies.
In recommending Chris as an “exceptional” practitioner (The Legal 500 U.S. - 2013), clients praised his “excellent commercial judgment” (Chambers USA - 2011) -- noting that “he really cuts through to the problem and finds a solution” (The Legal 500 U.S. - 2009).
Chris is described as a "good counselor with good bedside manner" who is "exceptionally available" (Chambers USA - 2014). He is praised for his "outstanding depth of experience in fund formations, spinouts and operations" (Chambers Global - 2013) and his “excellent feel for the market and the broader business points” (Legal 500 - 2014). Chris has advised "a range of major private equity firms" (Chambers USA - 2009), as well as emerging managers, in connection with forming more than $50 billion of buyout, growth equity, debt, secondary, venture, technology, real estate and other funds ranging in size from $100 million to over $6 billion.
In addition to leading their fund formation matters, Chris counsels his fund sponsor clients on a wide variety of operational issues and extraordinary events, including key person events, succession planning, spin-outs, strategic investments in fund management companies, executive retention, change of control transactions and conflict resolution. Chris also represents select limited partners in connection with their fund investments, co-investments, secondary transactions and internal operations.
Representative private equity firm clients include Adams Street Partners, AEA Investors, Arsenal Capital, Comvest Partners, Driehaus Private Equity, Equity Group Investments, Equity International, Graham Partners, Gryphon Partners, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, HCI Equity Partners, Lake Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners, Paul Capital Partners, PPM America, Sorenson Capital, Twin Bridge Capital Partners, Valor Equity Partners, Versa Capital Partners, Vestar Capital Partners and Windjammer Capital.
|Areas of Practice||1) Private Funds, 2) Private Equity, 3) Mergers & Acquisitions and 4) Corporate|
|Law School||Harvard Law School, J.D., 1994, cum laude|
|Education||University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, B.S., 1989, with Distinction, Accounting|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of Illinois|
|Most recent firm||Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
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