Daniel Lavon-Krein, a partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, has championed countless large global private equity fund formations ranging from $1 billion to $16.5 billion and is recognized as a leader and pioneer in advising private equity sponsors and buyers on complex strategic minority investments in existing firms. In the past 18 months alone, Daniel has worked on over 10 transactions in this rapidly evolving market, including some of the largest transactions completed to date.

Daniel Lavon-Krein, in his fund formation practice, has represented U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors of private equity and similar funds in the formation of their investment vehicles whose aggregate funds raised total tens of billions of dollars. He also regularly counsels leading private equity sponsors in connection with establishing, documenting and implementing internal firm management and succession planning arrangements.

Daniel is recognized as a top tier attorney by numerous publications where he is commended for his strong practice encompassing fund formation and sales of minority stakes in fund managers. Most recently, Daniel was ranked in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA for Fund Formation where clients remarked that Daniel is "consummate deal-maker who understands the bigger picture." Daniel was also ranked as a top tier attorney in Chambers Global 2020 where he is called out as "fantastic across the board." In IFLR 1000 2019's Tier 1 ranking of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's private equity funds practice, Daniel is named as a highly regarded practitioner. Daniel was named one of the top 30 lawyers under 40 across United States, Europe and Asia by PEI’s Private Funds Management magazine. In 2018, Daniel was named “one of the foremost figures in the space acting on the formation of multibillion-dollar funds” by Who’s Who Legal. In 2016, the New York Law Journal named Daniel a “Rising Star,” an honor awarded to only a small number of attorneys who have established an impressive record of accomplishments under the age of 40. Law360 also named Daniel as one of five Private Equity “Rising Stars for 2016” in the United States. Daniel was also mentioned as a leading attorney in the Legal 500 2016 and 2018–2019 editions.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, Second Wave Fund Finance: Topco NAV Facilities and Minority Interest Deals, Fund & Firm Finance Roundtable, New York City, New York, November 19, 2019

Panelist, Strategic Minority Investments and Internal Firm Restructurings, 22nd Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, New York, February 19, 2016

Panelist, "General Partner Succession Planning," Kellogg Private Equity And Venture Capital Conference, April 2015

Panelist, "Private Equity Funds: Overview of Recent Trends In Market Terms & Structures," 21st Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, March 2015

Panelist, "Impact of Regulation in Private Equity Funds," 6th Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2015

Speaker, "Private Equity GP / LP Fund Terms," New York Private Equity Network, July 2013

Moderator, "Private Equity & Venture Capital in Brazil Fund & Manager Showcase," ABVCAP, September 2012


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007New York


  • English
  • German
  • French


  • McGill University Faculty of LawLL.B./B.C.L.with Great Distinction2003
  • University of TorontoB.A., Political Sciencewith High Distinction2000