Ian Jelsma is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ian represents private fund sponsors and their principals in the formation of private equity funds and other bespoke investment and co-investment vehicles, as well as related sponsor matters, such as succession planning, equity incentive and other structuring considerations, investment management matters, governance, and inbound investments. Ian has handled a broad range of fund matters, from first-time funds to fully-institutional processes for seasoned sponsors. His experience covers multiple industries, including infrastructure, energy, food & beverage, healthcare, technology, industrial manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.



Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2017–2020


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Texas


  • New York University School of LawLL.M., Taxation2019
  • University of Houston Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude2012

    Order of the Coif

    Order of the Barons

    Winner, State Bar of Texas Tax Section Annual Writing Competition Scholarship, 2012

    Winner, Lorance & Thompson Negotiation Competition Scholarship, 2011

  • University of HoustonB.S., Political Science2008