Mr. King is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Primarily advising sponsors in private fund formation across a broad range of fund strategies, including buyout, real asset, growth equity and venture capital, David also counsels clients through complex business transactions, such as sell side minority investments, portfolio sales and firm & fund restructurings. He further advises clients in relation to their ongoing operations and management, guiding investment strategies and new product development, executive spin-outs and dispute mitigation.

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 has 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