Aura Gilham is a transactional associate in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on the formation, structuring, marketing, management and regulatory compliance of investment funds, as well as the operational, legal and regulatory issues faced by their sponsors. In addition, Aura counsels fund sponsors on internal economic and governance matters, including minority sale transactions and also advises fund sponsors on fund-related aspects of M&A transactions, including deal structuring, co-investment arrangements and alternative investment structures.

Fund formation and related matters for clients including:

  • Aurora Capital Partners
  • Caltius Equity Partners
  • Clearlake Capital Group
  • Francisco Partners
  • HGGC
  • Incline Equity Partners
  • Lovell Minnick Partners
  • MidOcean Partners
  • K1 Investment Management
  • Knox Lane
  • Seaside Equity Partners
  • Whitehorse Liquidity Partners


Thought Leadership


"AB 3109: Waiver of right of petition or free speech," Daily Journal, January 9, 2019

"INSIGHT: California Public Companies Need to Act Now to Put Women on Boards," Bloomberg Law, December 26, 2018


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018California
  • 2023District of Columbia


  • University of Southern California, Gould School of LawJ.D.2018

    Order of the Coif

    Southern California Law Review

  • University of California, Santa BarbaraB.A., Economics2015