James Esterkin

Partner Debt Finance
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


James Esterkin is a partner in the real estate finance team at Kirkland & Ellis’ London office. He acts for UK, US and European private equity sponsors and other real estate investors in relation to the financing of their UK and European real estate assets - including acquisition and development financing, refinancing and restructuring real estate secured debt. 

James typically works on financing cross-border portfolios, with a recent focus on European logistics portfolios and European non-performing loan books. He has worked on many of Europe’s highest profile real estate financings and has experience financing assets across the spectrum of real estate classes. 

Working together with Kirkland & Ellis’ UK and European Corporate, Funds, Tax and Regulatory practices, the Real Estate Finance team provides clients with a one-stop solution for their UK and European real estate investment, development and funding operations. The team is renowned for delivering focused, commercial advice and for driving deals to successful fruition with an exceptional level of service.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • University of Law, LondonLL.M., International Legal Practice2011
  • University of Law, LondonLPCDistinction2011
  • University of WestminsterM.Sc., Real Estate Development2009
  • University of NottinghamLL.B., Law2008