John Kaercher is a mergers & acquisitions and private equity partner in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. John provides ongoing representation to corporate clients on complex transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, SPACs, private equity and public and private securities offerings, with a particular focus on the technology, media, telecommunications and energy sectors (including oil and gas, power, renewables, and energy transition).

John forms long-lasting relationships with his clients and is routinely called upon to lead complicated transactions on expedited timelines. In addition, John frequents the speaker circuits, regularly participating on panels or providing insights on topical matters.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, “Driving Value Creation Capabilities Through Uncertain Times: Rewriting the Playbook,” Mergermarket Private Equity Forum Austin, October 2023

Panelist, "Lightning in a Box: Energy Storage," Hart Energy's 2022 Energy Transition Capital Conference, May 2022


Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2018–2022


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2011
  • University of Texas at AustinB.A.with Honors2007