Mike Carew is a tax partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focuses his practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, buyouts and private equity investing, with a special emphasis on cross-border and international transactions. He also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and debt and equity restructurings.

Mike has worked on numerous private equity and M&A transactions for clients including: Ares Management LLC, Bain Capital, CVC Capital Partners, Softbank Investment Advisors, Summit Partners, TDR Capital, GTCR, and Apax Partners.

Mike was listed as a leading lawyer for tax in the 2020–2023 editions of Chambers USA, and in the 2016–2023 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. Mike was also recognized in 2015 as a “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law.

Mike serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches “Tax Aspects of Private Equity Transactions.” Mike is also a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches “Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurial Transactions.”



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2004
  • University of RochesterB.S., Computer Science; B.A., Mathematicsmagna cum laude2000
    Phi Beta Kappa