David Irvine

Registered Foreign Lawyer (Kirkland & Ellis, Hong Kong) and Partner (Kirkland & Ellis LLP, U.S.) Debt Finance


David Irvine is 'on top of his game… technically and commercially superb' and a 'fantastic lead lawyer, very sensitive to commercial priorities and focused on the key issues.' - IFLR1000 and Chambers Asia-Pacific

David Irvine is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Hong Kong office. He is also a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP (U.S.). A market leader in finance, David brings years of experience and extensive knowledge to private equity sponsors and private credit funds in major cross-border leveraged and acquisition financing transactions. David also advises on recaps, minority back-leverage, special situations financings, margin loans, fund level financings and restructurings.

David’s regional and global private equity clients, including Advent, Apax, Bain, Baring, Blackstone, Carlyle, Hillhouse Capital, FountainVest, KKR and Partners Group, turn to him for advice on their key financing transactions in the region.

In 2020, David was named a “Band 1” lawyer in Banking & Finance: Leveraged & Acquisition Finance by Chambers Asia-Pacific and a “Market Leader” in Banking & Finance by IFLR1000. He was also named a “Leading Individual” in Banking & Finance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 & 2020 and one of the “Asia Best Lawyers 2020” by IFLR. Admiring clients have described David is “a fantastic lead lawyer, very sensitive to commercial priorities and focused on the key issues” and a “fantastic negotiator,” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2018 and 2019).



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008, Hong Kong, Registered Foreign Lawyer
  • 2003, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 2000, Republic of South Africa


  • University of KwaZulu-NatalLL.B.1997
  • University of KwaZulu-NatalB.Soc.Sci., Political ScienceHons.1993
  • University of KwaZulu-NatalB.Soc.Sci.1992