Justin is “a top choice of counsel regarding fund investment and closing mandates, principally advising GPs.” He “has seen it all in the private equity world and is very creative in being able to use that experience to understand any issues and work through to a solution.” - Chambers Greater China and Chambers Asia-Pacific

Justin is an investment funds partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. Justin advises private equity fund managers in relation to the structuring and establishment of private equity investment funds, secondary transactions, carried interest arrangements and co-investment plans. He also advises on a broad range of transactions relating to the restructuring of private equity funds, leveraging and refinancing of such funds and buy-outs and spin-offs relating to the management houses.

Prior to relocating to Hong Kong, Justin spent more than 10 years in London working with leading private equity sponsors with a particular emphasis on structuring complex multi-jurisdictional funds. Justin has represented, among others, Actera, Archer Capital, Ascendent Capital, BGH Capital, Carlyle, Centurium Capital, CITIC Capital, CPPIB, Creador, Crescent Point, Dignari Capital, Edelweiss Group, Forebright Partners, FountainVest Partners, Genesis Capital, GLP, HarbourVest, Hillhouse Capital, Kerogen Capital, Lime Tree Capital, NewQuest Capital Partners, OTPP, Orchid Asia, Saratoga Capital, SSG Capital, TPG Capital, Värde Partners and Warburg Pincus.

Justin has been recognized for several years as a leading lawyer for investment funds by a number of reputable legal publications, including in the latest edition of Chambers Greater China (Band 1), Chambers Asia-Pacific (Band 1), Chambers Global (Band 1), Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Hall of Fame), IFLR1000 (Highly Regarded) and Who's Who Legal (Thought Leader). According to IFLR1000 and Chambers Asia-Pacific, Justin is described as someone “always on top of detail and able to cut to the core of the matter in both a technical legal and commercial way”, and clients and market commentators praised for his "excellent balance between commercial pragmatism and strong technical ability" and “technically very strong, well-liked by clients and very responsive." (2018, 2020 & 2021)



Band 1 in Investment Funds (International Firms) - China, Chambers Global (2023-2024)

“Hall of Fame”, Investment Funds - Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2021-2024)

Band 1 in Investment Funds: Private Equity (International Firms) - China, Chambers Greater China (2022-2024), Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015-2021)

“Highly Regarded”, Private Equity, IFLR 1000 (2018, 2020-2023)

“Highly Regarded”, Private Equity Funds, IFLR 1000 (2018, 2020-2023)

“Global Leader”, Private Funds – Formation, Who’s Who Legal (2023)

“Thought Leader” and “National Leader”, Private Funds, Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR, Who’s Who Legal (2022)

“Leading Individual”, Investment Funds - Hong Kong, Legal 500 (2016-2020)

“Highly Regarded”, Investment Funds, IFLR 1000 (2019)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity, IFLR 1000 (2015-2017)

“Leading Lawyer”, Private Equity Funds, IFLR 1000 (2017)

“Leading Lawyer”, Investment Funds, IFLR 1000 (2015-2016)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 2005, Admitted to practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 1999, South Australia (non-practicing)


  • University of South AustraliaGraduate Certificate in Legal Practice1998
  • The University of AdelaideBachelor of Law1996
  • The University of AdelaideBachelor of Commerce1994