Amala Ejikeme is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and focuses on advising European and global sponsors on the establishment of private funds pursuing a wide variety of investment strategies (including buyout, credit, digital assets, growth, impact, infrastructure, real estate and venture).
Amala's clients include Bridgepoint, EQT, Houghton Street Ventures, Nextech, Inflexion, JP Morgan and Vitruvian. He advises on traditional private equity fund structures, as well as structures incorporating long-dated, evergreen, open-ended, multiple currency, and levered arrangements. His practice also includes the formation of separately managed accounts, co-investments, as well as advising on carried interest arrangements, management company issues and extraordinary events (such as investor default and founder separations).
In May 2020, Amala was one of seven lawyers named in Private Equity International’s “Future Leader” list of 40 leading professionals working globally in private equity under the age of 40 and became among the youngest ever to be featured on such list. He has also been recognised as a “Leading Individual” by The Legal 500 and as “a rising star in the investment funds world” by Chambers and Partners, where clients have described him as "an all-round superstar", “brilliant technically”, “intellectually superb” and “easy to work with”. Amala has been quoted in a number of leading private equity and international publications (including Preqin, Private Equity International and The Wall Street Journal) and he has also spoken at industry conferences and other seminars (including at Harvard Law School).
Panellist, “Impact Investor Forum: Defining the Strategy and Intentionality of an Impact Fund”, Private Equity International, Webinar, 26 May 2021
Panellist, “Forming Relationships in the New Normal - Americas”, Preqin, Webinar, 29 September 2020
Guest Speaker, “Private Equity: A ‘101’ on Fund Formation”, Harvard Law School, 13 February 2020
Guest Speaker, “Private Equity Funds: Structuring, Terms and Trends”, Harvard Law School, 25 February 2019
Guest Speaker, Private funds class of the ‘MSc in Finance and Private Equity’ at The London School of Economics, 23 January 2019
Panellist, “Current Trends in Private Equity”, The Alternative Investment Conference of The London School of Economics, 22 January 2019
Panellist, “Alternatives in 2023”, Preqin (The Royal Society, London), 12 September 2018
Panellist, “The State of Buyout Investing”, Institute for Private Capital symposium hosted by Northern Trust (Chicago), 10 May 2018
Guest Speaker, “Private Equity Fund Structuring and Terms: A Transatlantic Perspective”, Harvard Law School, 20 February 2018
Panellist, “Addressing Succession Issues in Middle-Market Partnerships“, Private Equity Research Consortium, 28 September 2017
Guest Lecturer, “Private Equity – Current Trends in Fund Structuring and Fund Terms”, London School of Economics, 3 July 2017
Speaker, “Fund Economics and Key Terms - An Update on Current Trends”, Seminar by Kirkland & Ellis hosted by Ipes (Jersey), 13 June 2017
Moderator, Roundtable hosted by Principles for Responsible Investment on "Incorporating ESG Considerations into Fund Documentation", 11 May 2016
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2010, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
- College of Law, LondonLegal Practice Course2008
- London School of Economics and Political ScienceLL.B.First Class Hons.2007