Julie Kunetka - Of Counsel

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Phone: +1 312-862-2083
Fax: +1 312-862-2200
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Professional Profile

Julie Kunetka is Of Counsel in the Corporate Practice Group with extensive experience in complex transactions and regulatory matters involving regulated financial institutions, including banks, thrifts and financial holding companies. Ms. Kunetka regularly advises financial institutions and private fund sponsors with respect matters involving compliance with the Volcker Rule.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of banks, thrifts and bank holding companies in connection with significant compliance matters, regulatory applications, and enforcement actions

  • Representation of bank and thrift holding companies in connection with the sponsorship of private funds offered to clients, including compliance with the Volcker Rule

  • Representations of bank and thrift holding companies in connection with proprietary investments in private funds managed by third party sponsors, and related co-investment vehicles and portfolio companies, including compliance with the Volcker Rule

  • Representation of private fund sponsors in connection with bank holding company investments in private funds, and related co-investment vehicles and portfolio companies, including the accommodation of issues related to the Volcker Rule

  • Representation of private equity funds in connection with investments in financial services businesses, including bank holding companies and payment processing companies

  • Representation of borrowers and lenders in connection with credit facilities extended to bank holding companies

  • Representation of a banks and bank holding companies in connections with mergers, branch closings, and other significant asset or equity acquisition and disposition transactions

  • Representation of creditors and bidders in connection with 363 sales transaction including banks and thrifts

As an Associate General Counsel at a full-service, multi-national financial institution:

  • Responsible for all legal, regulatory, litigation and conflict matters generated by the proprietary private equity and strategic investing businesses, including day-to day matters and enterprise-wide initiatives involving business units engaged in the full breadth of the financial services industry

  • Advised senior management with respect to all aspects of the business, and provided advice in numerous regulatory disciplines, including with respect to SBICs, insurance companies, media investments and SEC matters

  • Represented the institution in connection with the spin-out of more than $5 billion in private equity funds to a permanent capital vehicle listed on Euronext, and in connection with several equity investments in going private transactions ranging from $3.8 billion to $39 billion

Other Distinctions

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois


Kirkland & Ellis Private Equity Newsletter, “Final Volcker Rule Provides Clarity and Marginally Increases Flexibility With Respect to Private Fund Investments,” with Ed del Hierro, December 19, 2013

Kirkland & Ellis Private Equity Newsletter, “TIC Form SLT: First Reporting Deadline for Private Fund Managers,” with Ed del Hierro, August 30, 2011

"Legal and Other Planning Issues in Assessing and Effecting Exit Strategies for the Privately-Held Company" - Ray Garrett, Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute

"Developments in Securities Law Disclosure" - Practicing Law Institute


Negotiating Private Equity Investments and Strategic Alliances - Panel Member - Fulcrum Forum for Women Corporate Counsel

Prior Experience

Bank of America Corporation, Associate General Counsel, 2001-2007

FiNetrics, Inc., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, 2000-2001

Katten Muchin Rosenman, 1989-2000

Ernst & Young LP., Certified Public Accountant, Audit Department, 1984-1986  

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