Chris Kallos is recognized internationally as one of the top U.S. attorneys in the area of private investment fund formation and management. As a leader of Kirkland’s Private Funds Group, he has been instrumental over the course of two decades in developing Kirkland’s industry-leading global practice.
In addition to his private funds work, Chris oversees M&A, financing, securities, intellectual property, litigation, restructuring, tax, estate planning and other matters for a wide-range of clients, including private equity funds and their current and former portfolio companies.
In recommending Chris as an “exceptional” practitioner (The Legal 500 U.S. - 2013), clients praised his “excellent business judgment and responsiveness” (Chambers USA - 2015) — noting that “he really cuts through to the problem and finds a solution” (The Legal 500 U.S. - 2009). He "understands the big and small picture and provides tailored advice for all solutions" (Chambers USA - 2015).
Chris is described as a "good counselor with good bedside manner" who is "exceptionally available" (Chambers USA - 2014). He is praised for his "outstanding depth of experience in fund formations, spinouts and operations" (Chambers Global - 2013) and his “excellent feel for the market and the broader business points” (Legal 500 - 2014). Chris has advised "a range of major private equity firms" (Chambers USA - 2009), as well as emerging managers, in connection with forming more than $50 billion of buyout, growth equity, debt, secondary, venture, technology, real estate and other funds ranging in size from $100 million to over $6 billion.
In addition to leading their fund formation matters, Chris counsels his fund sponsor clients on a wide variety of operational issues and extraordinary events, including key person events, succession planning, spin-outs, strategic investments in fund management companies, executive retention, change of control transactions and conflict resolution. Chris also represents select limited partners in connection with their fund investments, co-investments, secondary transactions and internal operations.
Representative private equity firm clients include Adams Street Partners, AEA Investors, Arsenal Capital, Comvest Partners, Driehaus Private Equity, Equity Group Investments, Equity International, Graham Partners, Gryphon Partners, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, HCI Equity Partners, Lake Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners, Paul Capital Partners, PPM America, Sorenson Capital, Twin Bridge Capital Partners, Valor Equity Partners, Versa Capital Partners, Vestar Capital Partners and Windjammer Capital.
Listed in “IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms” (2010-2014)
Listed in “Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” (2010-2015)
Listed in “Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business” (2009-2015)
Listed in The Legal 500 U.S. for Investment Fund Formation and Management: Private Equity Funds (2007, 2009, 2013 - 2014)
Listed in Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers - Private Funds (2006 – 2015)
Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Illinois for Private Funds (2006 – 2008)
Named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers (2008)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law “Structuring Transactions: Private Equity Funds & Transactions” (2005)
Advisory Board Member - University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce
Speaker, International Bar Association’s 16th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds, London (2015)
Speaker, Maples Investment Funds Forum, Grand Cayman (2014, 2015)
Speaker, UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (2014)
Speaker, International Bar Association’s 10th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds, London (2009)
Speaker, Private Equity Financial Management Summit, New York (2008)
Advisory Board, Private Equity Compliance Forum, New York (2007)
Speaker, Illinois Venture Capital Association CFO Summit, Chicago (2006)
Speaker, Tax Practices West Conference, San Francisco (2005)
Co-Chairperson and Moderator, Private Equity Summit 2004 “Fund Formation & Emerging Investment Opportunities,” New York (2004)