Sarah Kirson is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Sarah focuses her practice on structuring, forming and advising premier private equity, venture capital, energy and other private investment funds and their management companies. She has represented sponsors in forming funds ranging in size from under $100 million to several billion dollars.

Sarah is also involved in representing investors in making investments in private funds, secondary market sales, as well as other complex business transactions and operational events.

Sarah has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2012. In 2015, she was noted as "phenomenal." In the 2014 edition, Chambers USA says, “Sarah Kirson has a wide range of expertise and experience in the private equity world. Her ability as an “excellent negotiator” is praised by clients as is her responsiveness.”



Ranked by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Private Equity: Fund Formation (2012–2022)

Ranked by Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business for Private Equity: Fund Formation (2013–2022)

Recognized by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms as “Highly Regarded” in Fund Formation (2018–2021)

Listed in Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers - Private Funds (2015–2016)

Listed in The Legal 500 U.S.: Private Equity Funds (2007; 2015–2019)

Speaker, “The Future of Funds,” Maples Investment Funds Forum (February 2012); “ILPA 2.0,” National Association of Investment Companies (September 2011); “Trends in Private Equity,” Chicago Women in Private Equity (September 2009)

Named to Crain’s Chicago Business “Forty Under Forty” list (2007)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1994Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1994
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Financewith Highest Honors1991
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