Robert Blaustein is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and recognized as a global leader in the field of private equity fund matters. Robert focuses his practice on advising private equity sponsors on all aspects of their business including the formation, marketing and management of investment products, the launching of new business lines, firm and fund level strategic transaction, as well as operational, legal and regulatory issues. He has counseled sponsors on funds raising over $50 billion in capital and worked with both sponsors and limited partners on spinout transactions, seed investments, the purchase and sale of minority interests in management companies, and co-investment transactions. Robert also routinely works with sponsors on key firm level issues including succession planning, carry plan structuring and corporate governance matters. Client engagements have included fund formations ranging from $100 million to well in excess of $10 billion, and have included PE, hedge real estate and credit funds.

Robert was named a “Rising Star” by Law360 in 2019, recognizing him as one of four outstanding fund formation lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. Robert received his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a graduate of Yale University.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, "How to Market Private Equity Funds on a Global Basis," PLI's Eighteenth Annual Private Equity Forum, July 2017

Panelist, "Limited Partners," Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference (PEVC), January 2017

Panelist, "Large Cap PE," Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference (PEVC), January 2016

Panelist, “PEGCC General Counsels Day-Fund Formation,” Private Equity Growth Capital Council, October 2015

Panelist, “Fees Outside the ‘Offset Paradigm,” Privcap, March 2015

Panelist, “The State of Market Terms for Fees,” Privcap, February 2015

Speaker, “Fundraising and LP,” 21st Annual Harvard Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference, January 2015


“Rising Star” for Fund Formation, Law360, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law SchoolJ.D.2005

    Associate Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law

  • Yale UniversityB.A., Psychology2002