Chris Connolly is a corporate partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Chris has experience in a broad range of corporate law matters, including cross-border M&A, public-to-private takeovers, group reorganisations and joint ventures.

Chris was recently included in the MergerLinks list of 2022 “Rising Stars: Top 25 Lawyers”, recognising the up-and-coming lawyers most active on transactions involving UK-listed targets.

Chris has also been recognised as a Thomas Reuters Stand-out Lawyer for 2023 and 2024 based on independently verified client submissions from senior in-house counsel.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016, Admitted to practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • BPP Law School, LondonAccelerated Legal Practice Coursewith Distinction2014
  • BPP Law School, LondonGraduate Diploma in Lawwith Distinction2013
  • University of CambridgeM.Phil., Theoretical Linguisticswith Distinction2012
    Arts and Humanities Research Council Academic Studentship
  • University of CambridgeM.A., Modern and Medieval Languages (Russian and French)Starred First2011
    Peterhouse Academic Scholarship