Mr Bruce Ettelson > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Bruce Ettelson, a partner and founder of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, focuses on structuring and forming premier private equity funds and their management companies, including funds for AEA, GI Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Gryphon Investors, Levine Leichtman, Madison Dearborn Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Nautic Partners, Northern Trust, Peak Rock Capital, Summit Partners, Thoma Bravo, Vestar, Victory Park Capital and Wynnchurch Capital. Mr. Ettelson has represented over 100 private equity firms in the formation of over 500 funds. He also represents participants in secondary market transactions.


University of Chicago (JD); Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (BSE).

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Bruce Ettelson –Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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.