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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Mark Boyagi is a private funds partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mark’s practice focuses on advising sponsors and lead investors in connection with complex business transactions in the private funds secondary market, including portfolio sales, structured secondaries, stapled secondaries, fund recapitalizations, strip-sales, tender offers and other liquidity solutions. He also frequently advises sponsors of, and institutional investors in, open-ended and closed-ended private investment funds, co-investment programs, strategic partnerships and separately managed accounts, covering all major alternative investment strategies. Mark also has extensive experience advising sponsors on the development and implementation of capital efficient structures for insurance company investors.

Mark has represented, among others, Blackstone, HarbourVest Partners, Harvest Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management, KKR, Landmark Equity Advisors, Macquarie Asset Management, StepStone Group, Vance Street, Warburg Pincus and Wind Point Partners.

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.