Overview

Transactional practice in the private equity group covering a wide range of transactions including primarily leveraged buyout transactions, recapitalizations, mergers, and venture capital/growth equity investments. He has extensive previous experience as general and limited partner counsel in the formation of private equity funds.

Recognized in Private Equity: Buyouts by the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business as an “‘outstanding lawyer’ and ‘an incredible resource’ who is ‘very well connected in the industry.’” Said to combine “‘great judgment with a pragmatic approach.’ Clients value his business acumen and look to him for commercial guidance.” Also mentioned in IFLR1000's Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms as receiving “considerable praise from peers” in Private equity – Transactions and nominated to the Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers 3rd Edition and the Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers 4th Edition. Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Private Equity Buyouts from 2013–2015 and 2017–2019. Selected as a “CUP Catalyst” by the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) in 2012, a distinction that recognizes leaders in the legal services industry who have made noteworthy contributions to their community.

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Memberships & Affiliations

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Diversity Integration Task Force

  • Finance Committee

  • Firmwide Recruiting Committee

  • New York Operations Committee

  • Firmwide Compensation Committee

Firmwide Diversity Committee — Co-Chair, 2005–2012

Village Community School (VCS) — Board Member, 2015–Present

Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School — Board Member, 2015–Present

Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) — Board Member, 2009–2012

First Presbyterian Church Nursery School — Board Member, 2007–2011

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1992New York

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.1991

    Co Chairperson of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

    Member of Columbia Law School Senate

  • Harvard UniversityA.B.magna cum laude1987

    John Harvard Scholar for academic achievement of highest distinction, 1985–86

    Harvard College Scholar for academic achievement of high distinction, 1984–85 and 1986–87

    South Korean Government Honors Scholar for academic achievement, 1985–86

    Harvard Crimson Junior Varsity Men’s Basketball Team