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Richard Watkins

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Investment funds.


Richard Watkins is a private funds partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Richard primarily advises in relation to private equity fund structuring, carried interest, co-investment and other private equity incentive schemes and also advises on private equity transactions including secondaries, spin-outs and mergers of private equity houses.


Qualified Law Society of England and Wales, solicitor 1996; Clarks, Reading articled clerk 1994-96; solicitor 1996-98; Russell McVeagh, Auckland, solicitor 1998-2000; SJ Berwin LLP London, solicitor 2000-04, partner 2004-07; Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London, partner 2007 to present.


Law Society of England and Wales.


University of Essex (1992 LLB Honours); College of Law, Guildford (1993 Law Society Finals).

London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Watkins - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Within: Private funds

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's¬†'prompt, knowledgeable¬†and solution-driven' team handles a range of work, including heavyweight buyout, debt and infrastructure funds. Practice head Richard Watkins¬†and newly promoted partner Aranpreet Randhawa¬† advised AMP Capital on forming AMP Capital Infrastructure Debt III, which raised a total of $2.5bn. The team was strengthened by the recruitment of credit fund specialist¬†Anand Damodaran¬†(who has 'an excellent understanding of the subject matter and ability to crystallise lawyer language into simpler terms') and James Board; they advised CVC Credit Partners, a new client win for the firm, on numerous projects. Jonathan Tadd, who returned to the firm's London office from Hong Kong, advised BGH Capital, a new Australian manager founded by former leading lights at TPG and Macquarie, on forming its $2bn debut fund. Christopher Braunack¬†advised Resolution Capital on forming Resolution Re Investors, which raised $3bn to invest in insurance assets; he and Jeremy Leggate¬†(another new partner) advised IK Investment Partners on forming IK Small Cap II, a ‚ā¨550m fund.¬† In 2017 Theodore Cardos¬†deployed his secondaries expertise for Landmark Partners, and continues to advise Nordic Capital on a restructuring of its Nordic Capital Fund VII. Other clients include Vitruvian Partners, which Watkins and Amala Ejikeme¬†advised on forming Vitruvian Investment Partnership III, and Ares Management.

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