Matthew Block > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Matt Block is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Matt focuses his practice on the formation, structuring and management of a variety of private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, credit funds, distressed funds, co-investment funds and seed capital funds. Matt advises clients in connection with the entire fundraise lifecycle, including end of term GP-led portfolio company restructurings. He has also advised leading investment firms in connection with investment management M&A transactions, including minority investments, seed capital transactions, and strategic partnership arrangements. Matt also represents institutional limited partners and family offices with respect to their investments in the alternative investment space.

Matt has formed funds ranging in size from under $100 million to over $5 billion.

In addition to advising on fund formation, compliance and operations, Matt also advises on secondary and co-investment transactions, seeding arrangements, placement agent arrangements and management company compensation and governance structuring.

Matt has provided pro bono representation with the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project which assists immigrant survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and violate crimes in connection with their immigration matters.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘well recognized as one of the leading law firms in this area’; a national offering comprising more than 520 specialized attorneys ‘consistently provides outstanding work and advice, even under very challenging or urgent circumstances’. Given the department’s historical role in ‘developing many of the legal principles and precedents that enabled the private funds sector to grow to its present size’, there is ‘rarely an issue that the practitioners have not seen and successfully navigated’. The group is instructed by a roster of more than 700 private equity sponsor clients, all of whom benefit from its ‘unequalled experience with fund formation, structuring, taxation and operations’. The New York office is a key base, fielding not only practice head John O’Neil but also a plethora of recommended senior attorneys, including Erica Berthou, Andrew Wright, Nicole Washington and Katrina Rowe. 2021 has also seen significant expansion at this location: Matthew Block from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Mark Boyagi from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Brad Friedman from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP are just some of the notable recent arrivals. In addition, a new acquisition has cemented the team’s presence in Boston, where Luzia Vaczy, formerly of Proskauer Rose LLP, is now based. Over in Chicago, Bruce Ettelson and Katie St. Peters remain the core contacts.