Amala Ejikeme

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


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, growth, infrastructure, real estate and venture).

Amala has advised sponsors on traditional fund structures, as well as structures incorporating long-dated, evergreen, multiple currency, and levered/unlevered parallel arrangements. He routinely advises clients on the formation of separately managed accounts, co-investments, management company issues and carried interest schemes. He has also advised on strategic firm transactions and extraordinary events (including investor defaults and founder separations).

Amala has received multiple industry recognitions. In May 2020, he was one of seven lawyers named in Private Equity International’s “40 Under 40” list of leading professionals working globally across the private equity industry under the age of 40. He has been quoted in leading publications on a number of occasions (including Preqin and The Wall Street Journal) and has also spoken at numerous industry conferences and other seminars (including at Harvard).


Thought Leadership


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