Overview

John Budetti is a partner in the Firm's New York office focusing his practice on counseling sponsors of private equity funds and forming their investment vehicles. Since 2005, he has represented private fund 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 sponsor's operational, legal, compliance, and governance matters; internal economic arrangements; alternative investment vehicle structures and M&A transactions; strategic investments; as well as joint ventures, spin-outs and other corporate transactions involving private investment funds.

John is recommended as a "fund formation rock star" in The Legal 500 U.S.’s Tier 1 Ranking of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Private Equity Funds Practice and is ranked as a "Highly Regarded" leading investment funds lawyer in the IFLR1000. 

He has significant experience with a diverse group of private investment firms, and representative current and past clients include Altaris Capital Partners, Arlington Capital Partners, Audax Group, Braemar Energy Ventures, BRS & Co., GTCR LLC, H.I.G. Capital, Kinderhook Industries, Lincolnshire Management, Northlane Capital, Summit Partners and York Capital, among others.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

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

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

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

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

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

Recognition

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. Private Equity Funds

Leading Lawyer, Investment Funds, IFLR1000

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006New York

Education

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude 2005
  • Northwestern University Kellogg School of ManagementM.B.A.
  • Trinity CollegeB.A.