Derek Hunter is a restructuring partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.


Thought Leadership


“Something to Remember: The Flexibility of Chapter 11 in Retail Situations,” New York Law Journal (2019) (Co-Author)

"Nobody Likes Rejection: Protecting IP Licenses in Cross-Border Insolvency," 47 Geo. J. Int'l L. 1167 (2016)

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “Distressed Hedge Funds,” The 19th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference, New York, NY, February 24, 2023

Guest Lecturer, “A Study of ‘Mega’ Bankruptcy Cases: Impact on the Economy and Related Industries Seminar,” NYU School of Law, March 26, 2019, New York, New York (Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez, Professor)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2016

    Executive Senior Editor, Georgetown Journal of International Law

    Barrister’s Council, Appellate Advocacy Division

  • University of Central FloridaB.A., Political Sciencemagna cum laude2013

    China-Taiwan Research Fellow, 2012