David D. King, a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, primarily represents sponsors in private fund formation across a broad range of strategies, including buyout, real asset, hedge, growth equity and venture capital. David also counsels investment advisers through complex business transactions, such as sell side minority investments, portfolio sales, spin-outs, firm & fund restructurings, and provides ongoing advice on operations and management.

Prior to joining Kirkland, David served as Principal-General Counsel, Global Real Assets at The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for the firm’s “Real Assets” business segment, which had 28 active real estate, energy, power and infrastructure funds holding over 400 distinct investments across 10 global offices with $45 billion of assets under management.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, 17th Annual International Conference on Private Investment Funds, International Bar Association (March 2016)


Guest Lecturer, “Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Similar Investment Vehicles,” Georgetown University Law Center (2015–2017)

Guest Lecturer, “Introduction to Investment Law and Practice,” Howard University School of Law (2015–2017)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009California
  • 2006New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.2005

    Co-Founder & Senior Notes Editor, Journal of Law and Business

  • New York University Stern School of BusinessAdvanced Certificate in Law & Business2005
  • University of California, Los AngelesB.A., Economics; Accounting Minor with Computer Science Specialization2002