Brian Ford, a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis' Los Angeles and Bay Area offices, is described as “a very, very sophisticated... attorney, who is a rising star both at Kirkland and in the wider market,” Chambers USA 2019.
Brian’s practice focuses on complex financing transactions for private equity firms, commercial lending institutions, portfolio companies, hedge funds, asset managers, alternative capital sources and other private and public companies.
Such transactions have included the negotiation, structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured financings, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions, acquisition financings, dividend recapitalizations, debtor-in-possession, exit financings and restructurings. Brian has also advised on some of the most cutting-edge out-of-court liability management transactions and handled more than $20 billion in debt financing transactions in 2020.
Brian has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2019, in the area of Banking & Finance for California. According to the 2019 edition of Chambers, a client praised Brian as “phenomenal to work with in terms of driving the right result for clients on both sides” while another client stated that he had an “[understanding of] the market and where the pressure points are.” Brian was also recognized in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. in the area of Commercial Lending, where clients noted he is “top-notch” and a “smart, responsive, and commercial lawyer who gives great advice.”
Most recently, the Los Angeles Times named Brian to its 2021 list of “Banking and Finance Visionaries” for the inaugural issue of their Banking & Finance Magazine.
Banking & Finance (California), Chambers USA, 2021
“Banking & Finance Visionary,” Banking & Finance Magazine produced by the Los Angeles Times, 2021
Commercial Lending, The Legal 500 United States, 2020
“Up and Coming,” Chambers USA, 2019–2020
“Rising Star,” Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013, 2015–2016
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2006, California
- 2008, Illinois (retired)
- 2018, New York
- Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2006Executive Editor, The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
- University of Notre DameB.A., Economics & Spanishcum laude2003