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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

601 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA
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Work +1 212 446 4800
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Fax +1 212 446 4900
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www.kirkland.com

John O'Neil

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Work +1 212-446-4991
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Corporate

Position

John is recognized as a global leader in the private equity field. He heads Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group and sits on the Global Management Committee. As the go-to advisor to some of the world’s most sophisticated and dynamic funds, John leverages his deep industry knowledge to achieve optimal results for his clients in day-to-day operations as well as extraordinary events and transactions, including “key person” events, investor defaults, and spin-outs. Founders look to John as a valued business partner and global thought leader on identifying market trends, creating and executing plans across AUM, product line and geographical expansion.

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998; University of Wisconsin, B.B.A., Management Information Systems, 1991.


United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: 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 disarming' Erica 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 ‚Äėtough negotiator‚Äô Katie 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.

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