Mr Sean Hill > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
BOSTON, MA 02116
United States
Sean Hill photo

Work Department



Sean represents investment managers in all aspects of their business and operations, with particular emphasis on forming private investment funds, and the structuring and execution of secondary transactions. He works with emerging managers and established, multi-strategy firms managing more than $100 billion in assets. Sean counsels sponsors in North America, Europe and Asia in forming private funds investing in numerous sectors and pursuing various strategies. He also works with fund sponsors to structure firm ownership and operations, succession planning and executive transitions, and incentive arrangements.


Boston College Law School, J.D., 1997; Rutgers University, B.S., 1994 with Honors.

Lawyer Rankings

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

According to one source, Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘hands-down, the industry leader with respect to representing the managers of private equity funds‘. The team has ‘a deep bench‘ with ‘unrivaled market knowledge‘ which provides ‘high quality client service‘. In the New York office, practice head John O’Neil and Daniel Lavon-Krein advised Sycamore Partners on forming Sycamore Partners III, which held its final closing in June 2018 after raising $4.8bn. In another matter, the ‘tenacious and disarmingErica Berthou advised GSO Capital Partners, a new client for the firm, on the final closing of the multibillion-dollar credit GSO Credit Alpha Fund II. Another fundraising mandate handled in New York was Andrew Wright and Robert Blaustein‘s advice to Warburg Pincus on forming its first companion fund in the financial industry. Other New York-based contacts include John Budetti, Jordan Murray and Katrina Rowe. In Chicago, names to note include John Muno, who garners praise for his ‘incredible market knowledge, combining practical business advice with the right mix of thoughtful strategy and perfect attention to detail‘; Sarah Kirson and ‘tough negotiatorKatie St. Peters are also recommended. Stephanie Berdik and Sean Hill are key contacts in Boston. Ken Muller joined the San Francisco office from Morrison & Foerster LLP in May 2018.