Chris Kallos is a corporate partner who is recognized internationally as one of the top attorneys in the area of private investment fund formation and management. As a leader of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, he has been instrumental over the course of two decades in developing Kirkland’s industry-leading global practice.

In addition to his investment funds work, Chris oversees M&A, financing, securities, intellectual property, litigation, restructuring, tax, estate planning and other matters for a wide-range of clients, including private and public operating companies.

In recommending Chris as an “exceptional” practitioner (The Legal 500 U.S), clients praised his “excellent business judgment and responsiveness” (Chambers USA) — noting that “he really cuts through to the problem and finds a solution” (The Legal 500 U.S.). He “understands the big and small picture and provides tailored advice for all situations” (Chambers USA).

Chris leads fund formation matters for large and middle-market buyout, growth equity, debt, secondary, venture, technology, real estate and other funds, and “is considered a ‘private equity guru’” (Who’s Who Legal). He also advises his private equity clients on a wide variety of related matters, including succession planning, key person events, spin-outs, strategic investments in fund management companies, conflict resolution, co-investments, secondary transactions and internal manager operations. Chris is sought out for his “outstanding depth of experience in fund formations, spinouts and operations” (Chambers Global) and his “excellent feel for the market and the broader business points” (Legal 500).

Representative clients include leading national and international private equity sponsors, such as AEA Investors, Arsenal Capital, Comvest Partners, Driehaus Private Equity, Equity Group Investments, Equity International, Graham Partners, Gryphon Partners, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co., HCI Equity Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, Northern Pacific Group, PPM America, Sorenson Capital, Valor Equity Partners, Versa Capital Partners, Vestar Capital Partners and select limited partners, such as Adams Street Partners.

Chris is a frequent speaker and panel moderator in the U.S. and internationally on private equity fund-related matters. Chris also serves as an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, where he primarily works with the Private Equity Institute.


Thought Leadership

Associate Fellow - Oxford University Saïd Business School (2017–Present)


Lecturer, Saïd Business School's Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, Oxford University, Oxford (2018–2020)

Lecturer, Saïd Business School's Private Equity Programme, Oxford University, Oxford (2017–2020)

Speaker, IBA's International Conference on Private Investment Funds, London (2015, 2009)

Speaker, Maples Investment Funds Forum, Grand Cayman (2014, 2015)

Speaker, UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville (2014)

Speaker, Private Equity Financial Management Summit, New York (2008)

Advisory Board, Private Equity Compliance Forum, New York (2007)

Speaker, Illinois Venture Capital Association CFO Summit, Chicago (2006)

Co-Chairperson and Moderator, Private Equity Summit 2004 “Fund Formation & Emerging Investment Opportunities,” New York (2004)


Listed in “IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms” (2010–2019)

Listed in “Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” (2010–2020)

Listed in “Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business” (2009–2019)

Listed in The Legal 500 U.S. for Investment Fund Formation and Management: Private Equity Funds (2007, 2009, 2013–2015, 2017)

Listed in Who’s Who Legal The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers – Private Funds (2006–2017, 2020)

Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Illinois for Private Funds (2006–2008)

Named a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers (2008)

Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law “Structuring Transactions: Private Equity Funds & Transactions” (2005)

Advisory Board Member - University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994, Illinois
  • 1991, Certified Public Accountant, New York (inactive)


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1994
  • University of Virginia, McIntire School of CommerceB.S., Accountingwith Distinction1989
    Beta Gamma Sigma