Julie Kunetka - Of Counsel

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Julie Kunetka

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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.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of banks, thrifts and bank holding companies in connection with significant compliance matters, regulatory applications, enforcement actions, and issues relating to the implementation of 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 a bank holding company in connection with the restructuring of its credit facilities
  • Representation of a bank in the sale of a mortgage loan portfolio
  • Representation of a bank holding company in connection with multiple private equity fund investments
  • Representation of private equity funds in connection with investments by bank holding companies

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, which matters involved business units engaged in the full breadth of the financial services industry

  • Regularly worked with the investment bank, wealth management, corporate development and retail operations on day-to-day matters, as well as enterprise-wide initiatives and major transactions

  • Advised senior management with respect to portfolio company board matters, investments, acquisitions, dispositions, employee exits, business unit cessations, merger transitions, equity policies and procedures, risk and compliance assessments, regulatory and tax structuring, litigation, bankruptcy matters and director duties

  • Provided advice in regulations regarding Bank Holding Companies, Small Business Investment Companies, Insurance Holding Companies, Media Holding Companies, Merchant Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Privacy, Investment Advisors, Exchange Members and publicly-traded securities

  • Represented the fund group in connection with the spin-out of over $5 billion in private equity funds to a permanent capital vehicle listed on Euronext

  • Represented 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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