John Budetti is a partner in the Firm's New York office focusing his practice on counseling private equity sponsors in numerous transactions. Since 2005, he has represented private fund sponsors with AUM ranging from $75 million to $20 billion.

John counsels private fund sponsors on a variety of matters involving raising diverse funds; sponsors’ secondary transactions and GP-led continuation vehicles; third party minority stake investments in sponsor management companies; operational, legal, compliance, and governance matters; internal economic arrangements; alternative investment vehicle structures and M&A transactions; strategic investments and joint ventures, spin-outs and other corporate transactions involving private investment funds.

John has been recommended by The Legal 500 U.S.’s Tier 1 Ranking of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Private Equity Funds Practice since 2014, including as a "fund formation rock star" and is consistently rated 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, Plexus Capital, Summit Partners and York Capital, among a number of others.


Thought Leadership


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.


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

Leading Lawyer, Investment Funds, IFLR1000

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award Recipient


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2006New York


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