Ben Briggs is an investment funds partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on structuring, negotiating and forming private real estate funds and their management companies, and on open-ended structures.

He has represented large institutional managers as well as newly-formed firms in structuring and raising real estate funds and has extensive experience with insurance dedicated funds, opportunity zone investments, real estate investment trust (REIT) transactions, including REIT mergers and acquisitions, formations of private REITs, and UPREIT transactions. In addition, he has significant experience in representing REITs, private equity real estate funds and other real estate owners in structuring and closing real estate joint ventures.

Representative Clients

A&E Real Estate Holdings, AJ Capital Partners, Ares, Blue Vista, Clarion Partners, Davidson Kempner, ElmTree Funds, EQT, Federal Capital Partners, GID, InfraRed Capital Partners, King Street, KKR, Lennar, Macquarie, Merit Hill Capital, Pearlmark, Principal Real Estate Investors, Rockbridge Capital, Sound Mark Partners, Sycamore Partners, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Warburg Pincus.


Thought Leadership


“The IRS Clarifies REIT Definition of “Real Property” in New Proposed Regulations” co-authored for PREA Quarterly, Fall 2014

“Foreign Governments and U.S. Real Estate Investments: Proposed Section 892 Regulations Offer Welcome Clarifications” co-authored for Journal of Taxation of Financial Products, Volume 10, Issue 1 2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010Illinois


  • Georgetown University Law CenterLL.M., Taxationwith Distinction2010

    Dean’s List

  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2009
  • University of MichiganB.S., MathematicsHonors, with High Distinction2006