James Board

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


James Board is a Partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group and his practice primarily focuses on advising on the establishment and operation of special situations, distressed, direct lending, liquid, structured and real estate credit funds. James also has extensive experience advising sponsors on establishing managed accounts and single investor funds involving a variety of institutional investors. James also advises on the structure and terms of executive carried interest, co-investment and similar incentive arrangements and regularly represents institutional investors on their primary fund investment and secondary purchase programmes.

James has represented, among others, Ardian, Bain Capital Credit, Chamonix Capital, CPPIB, CVC Credit Partners, EQT Credit, GIC, JPMorgan Asset Management, KKR Credit Advisors, Nordic Capital and UBS Global Asset Management.

James’ perspective is bolstered by his experience of working within the asset management industry, having been embedded within the legal team of CVC Credit Partners for 6 months, where he advised on the establishment and operation of its credit funds and separately managed accounts.

James has been recognised as a “Rising Star” by Private Debt Investor, recognised as a “Rising Star” in Europe by IFLR and the Euromoney Expert Guides, has been recommend in private funds by The Legal 500, and recognised as “a rising star” and “intelligent, solution-orientated, and very quick” by the LawDragon Private Funds Insights Guide.


Thought Leadership


James has recently authored or co-authored a number of publications, including the following:

“Funds need flexibility to tackle Brexit” IFLR (May, 2017)

“Combining managed accounts with traditional fundraising: the key issues,” Private Equity International (April, 2013)

“Crafting carried interest provisions in the limited partnership agreement,” Private Equity International (April, 2012)


Recognised as a "rising star" by Private Debt Investor

Recognised as a "rising star" in Europe by IFLR and the Euromoney Expert Guides

Recognised as a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500

Recognised as “a rising star” and “intelligent, solution-orientated, and very quick” by the LawDragon Private Funds Insights Guide


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • BPP Law School, LondonLPC2006
  • BPP Law School, LondonGDL2005
  • Durham UniversityB.A., English LiteratureHons.2004