David Hong is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and focuses on special situations finance, debt finance, distressed situations and CDS transactions, especially for fund managers and other providers of alternative capital.

David has extensive experience advising on complex debt finance, distressed/stressed situations, liability management, structuring and advising on opportunistic, event-driven investments and CDS transactions.

David returned to private practice after nearly 15 years at a leading global investment firm, where he played a key role in investment theses formation by identifying legal value drivers as well as structuring of complex transactions.

With his in-house background and credit knowledge, David's focus includes assisting funds and other non-traditional capital providers deploy capital into opportunistic, special situations financings, restructurings, bankruptcy situations and well as conducting covenant and collateral analysis and assessing and advising on CDS strategies.


Memberships & Affiliations

Member, ISDA's CDS Definitions Drafting Committee, 2009, 2014 and 2018

Member, ISDA's Credit Steering Committee Leadership Group

Vice Chair, MFA's Derivatives and Swaps Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Korean
  • English


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2001
  • University of California, BerkeleyB.A., Political Sciencewith Highest Distinction1998