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 investment fund advisory work, with a particular emphasis on private equity. Robert focuses his practice on advising investment firms and private equity sponsors on all aspects of their business including the formation, marketing and management of investment products, the launching of new business lines, GP stakes transactions, GP-led secondaries, and other strategic investments and transactions, as well as operational, legal and regulatory issues. In addition, Robert has worked with multiple sponsors on SPAC-related transactions in multiple capacities, including exits to SPACs, formation of sponsor entities, investments into third party sponsors and he has counseled sponsors on funds raising over $70 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.

Representative Clients

ACON, Balbec Capital, Caltius Capital, CC Capital, Comvest, Greenbriar Equity, Mountaingate Capital, Owl Rock, Sentinel Capital, Shorehill Capital, Siris Capital, TZP Capital, Veritas Capital, Warburg Pincus, Welsh Carson and ZMC


Thought Leadership


Panelist, IBA/ABA London Private Funds Conference “Imposing Order on Chaos: Preparing for and Responding to Crises”

Panelist, IMDDA Webinar, “Legal Aspects of Structuring Private Equity Funds” October 2019

Speaker, “Limited Partner & Fundraising Perspective,” Annual Wharton Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference, January 2017 and March 2018

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


Recognized by Chambers Global 2023 for Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation (USA)

Recognized by Chambers USA 2022 for Private Equity: Fund Formation (USA - Nationwide) 

Recognized by Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Global Leader: Private Funds Formation, 2023

Recognized by Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Private Funds, 2020

“Rising Star” for Fund Formation, Law360, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.2005

    Associate Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law

  • Yale UniversityB.A., Psychology2002