Overview

Sean is a corporate partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group who focuses on representation of investment managers in all aspects of their business and operations, with a particular emphasis on formation of private investment funds, and in structuring and execution of liquidity solutions transactions. He is described by clients in Chambers & Partners as “a superstar in the space and has a great practice” who “is very sophisticated and navigates the process efficiently” and “very down-to-earth and solutions-driven.” Chambers Global also said “His experience combined with his commercial awareness adds significant value to our team.” Sean works with both emerging managers and established, multi-strategy firms managing over $300 billion in assets.

For more than 20 years, he has worked with clients on all types of secondaries and other liquidity solutions transactions, including GP-led transactions, preferred equity investments, structured and synthetic transactions, investment team spin-outs, tender offers, leveraged secondaries and fund liquidations. Sean has advised on many multibillion-dollar secondary transactions and has extensive experience in spin-outs of investment teams and in complex fund recapitalizations and restructurings.

He also counsels fund sponsors in the formation of private funds pursuing a wide variety of strategies, with a particular focus on buyout, credit, special situations, secondaries and fund of funds, as well as hybrid and evergreen structures, funds of one and separate accounts and co-investment transactions. In addition, he has worked with clients on many rated note and collateralized fund obligation structures.

Sean also works with fund sponsors to structure firm ownership and operations, succession planning and incentive arrangements. He has also advised on numerous transactions involving alternative investment managers, including seed capital, minority and strategic investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and IPOs.

Representative clients include AE Industrial Partners, Ares Management, Audax Group, Bain Capital, Berkshire Partners, Bridge Investment Group, Blackstone, Brentwood Partners, Commonfund, Comvest, Evolution Credit Partners, First Eagle Alternative Credit, Generate Capital, Grain Management, GI Partners, GTCR, JP Morgan, K1 Investment Management, L Catterton, Leeds Equity Partners, Lexington Partners, Montauk TriGuard, Pathlight Capital Partners, Perceptive Advisors, Prospect Partners, Reverence Capital Partners, Solace Capital Partners, Solum Partners, SLC Management, Torchlight Investors, TVV Capital Partners, Union Capital Equity Partners, Veritas Capital, Wafra, Water Street Healthcare Partners, Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, Willowridge Partners and XPV Water Partners.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Speaker, Kirkland & Ellis Liquidity Solutions Academy, New York City, New York, November 6, 2019 

Speaker, IBA/ABA 19th Annual Conference on Private Investment Funds, March 2018

Recognition

Chambers USA: Massachusetts: Private Equity Fund Formation 2008–2023

Chambers USA: Nationwide: Investment Funds: Private Equity Fund Formation 2014–2023

Chambers Global: USA, Investment Funds: Private Equity Fund Formation 2015–2023

The Legal 500 United States: Investment Fund Formation & Management: Private Equity Funds 2011–2016, 2018–2019, 2021–2023

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: “Rising Stars” 2005–2009, 2011–2012

Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds: Formation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001Massachusetts
  • 1998New York

Courts

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education

  • Boston College Law SchoolJ.D.1997
  • Rutgers UniversityB.S.with Honors1994