John L. Budetti - Partner

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John L. Budetti

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New York
Phone: +1 212-446-4724
Fax: +1 212-446-6460
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Professional Profile

John Budetti is a partner in the Firm's New York office focusing his practice on counseling sponsors of private equity and venture capital funds and forming their investment vehicles. He has represented sponsors organizing funds ranging in size from $75 million to $4.5 billion. 

John also counsels private fund sponsors on a variety of matters involving private funds, including internal economic and governance arrangements for private fund sponsors, M&A transactions, and strategic investments involving private fund sponsors, as well as joint ventures, spin-outs and other corporate transactions involving private investment funds. 

He has significant experience with a diverse group of private investment firms, and representative current and former clients include Altaris Capital Partners, Audax Group, Braemar Energy Ventures, Coller Capital, GTCR LLC, H.I.G. Capital, Kinderhook Capital, Lincolnshire Management and Summit Partners.

Representative Matters

Private Funds

Global, U.S. and European leverage buyout and venture capital funds

Mezzanine and subordinated debt funds

Middle-East private equity / real estate fund

Asian and Latin American venture capital / buyout funds

Global secondary fund

Investment funds for multiple other asset classes

Separately managed accounts


Internal management company and general partner economic and governance arrangements for private fund sponsors

Various private-market primary and secondary purchase and sale transactions

Structuring alternative investment vehicle transactions and co-investments

Pro Bono

Represents small businesses with legal counsel and business planning for expansion and community hiring

Represents individual seeking citizenship under Violence Against Women Act

Represents multiple Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with combat-related disabilities

Led merger of two non-profit corporations

Represented low-income tenants association in property joint-venture

Other Distinctions

Kirkland & Ellis 2012 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Kirkland & Ellis 2011 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Kirkland & Ellis 2010 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Kirkland & Ellis 2009 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Kirkland & Ellis 2008 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Kirkland & Ellis 2007 Pro Bono Service Award Recipient


John co-authored "'Pay-to-Play' Arrangements and Placement Agent Involvement with Public Pension Funds Subject to Nationwide Investigations,” a Kirkland PEN article

John co-authored "Private Equity Firm Files Lawsuit Against Two of Its Allegedly Defaulting LPs," a Kirkland PEN article.

John co-authored "SEC Proposes Changes to Accredited Investor Definition and Certain Private Offerings Under Reg D," a Kirkland PEN article.

John co-authored "Federal Court Rejects Illinois’ Restrictions on Investment in Sudan," a Kirkland PEN article.

John co-authored "SEC Proposes New Accredited Investor Test for Private Equity, Hedge and Certain Other Funds," a Kirkland PEN article.

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