Shayla Harlev is a transactional partner in the Boston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Shayla has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice with an emphasis on representing private equity sponsors in connection with acquisitions and dispositions and other complex transactions. She has extensive experience with leveraged buyouts and dispositions of public and private companies, as well as going-private transactions, minority investments and joint ventures. Shayla also counsels private equity sponsor portfolio companies on a variety of corporate and strategic matters

Shayla has represented some of the world’s leading private equity firms including Berkshire Partners, Advent International, Charlesbank Capital Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Brookfield. Shayla was described as “a highly thought-of and sought-after attorney” in Chambers USA, where she was recognized as a leading lawyer for private equity and M&A in Massachusetts. She was named “Best in Private Equity” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2020 Americas Women in Business Law Awards, recognized as a top lawyer by IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 U.S. and ranked by Chambers USA, with clients describing her as a “great practitioner.”



Recognized for Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts) by Chambers USA, 2022–2023

Recognized for Private Equity: Buyouts (Massachusetts) by Chambers USA, 2022–2023 

Named “Best in Private Equity”, Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2020

Named a “Leading” Lawyer for Private Equity: Buyouts in Massachusetts, Chambers USA

Named a “Leading” Lawyer for Corporate/M&A in Massachusetts, Chambers USA

Recommended for Private Equity Buyouts, The Legal 500 United States

Recognized as a “Highly Regarded” Lawyer for Private Equity in the U.S., IFLR1000

Named to “Top Women of Law” List, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Turkish


  • Tel Aviv UniversityLL.B.1997