Jeffrey Kaplan is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jeffrey concentrates his practice on representing domestic and international fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, growth equity funds, debt funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, "hybrid" funds and other private investment vehicles, as well as the organization, structuring, and operation of their management companies. Jeffrey has extensive experience advising with respect to extraordinary fund events, such as fund level restructurings, investor defaults and GP minority interest sales.

Jeffrey has formed funds ranging in size from under $100 million to over $5 billion.

Jeffrey’s practice also includes representing private fund sponsors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged acquisitions of public and private companies, debt financings, regulatory compliance, conflicts issues and general corporate counseling.

In addition, Jeffrey counsels certain limited partner investors in connection with investments in private investment funds, as well as private equity executives in connection with structuring and negotiating compensation and governance arrangements.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

"In Brief: One Equity Closes Seventh Fund," The Deal, October 8, 2019

"Kirkland Helps Varsity Healthcare Clinch $417M PE Fund," Law360, August 28, 2019

"Shore Capital Branches Out Into the Food and Beverage Sector," The Deal, April 17, 2019

Quoted, "4 PE Trends To Keep Tabs On In 2019," Law360, January 1, 2019

Quoted, "More First-Time PE Funds Means More Opportunity For Attys," Law360, July 18, 2018

"AEI Seals Second Fund Above Target," The Deal, July 10, 2018

"Kirkland Guides Cressey’s $1.1B Health Care Fund Close," Law360, June 18, 2018


Listed in Chambers USA for Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation (2020)

Listed in Leading Lawyers for Corporate Finance Law and Securities & Venture Finance Law (2015, 2017)

Listed in IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms (2013–2021)

Listed in Who’s Who Legal The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers — Private Funds (2015–2018)

Memberships & Affiliations

Advisory Board Member, Midwest Chapter of Private Equity CFO Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2002
  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.B.A., Finance1999