Chris Elder is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he concentrates his practice on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, divestitures, recapitalizations and restructurings, private financings, executive compensation and incentive equity arrangements, and other general corporate matters. Chris has handled such matters on behalf of, among others, Arsenal Capital, Bain Capital, Dunes Point Capital, GSO Capital Partners, GTCR, Lake Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners, Sun Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, as well as many of their portfolio companies.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2011
  • Vanderbilt UniversityB.A., History & Spanish and European Studiessumma cum laude2008

    Dean’s Select Scholar

    College Scholar (Undergraduate Honors Program)