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 his fund formation practice, in the past 18 months alone, Daniel has advised on the formation and fundraising of more than 15 funds with total capital commitments exceeding $35 billion.

Daniel also co-heads the Firm’s strategic GP solutions practice and has led the representations of firms selling interests to each of the prominent buyers in this rapidly evolving market, including advising on the four largest GP stakes deals completed to date. In connection with these transactions and fund formation matters, his mature, multidimensional practice also includes advising sponsors on internal firm restructurings, succession planning and other major strategic issues.

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 as a top tier attorney in Chambers Global 2021 where clients remarked that he is "a consummate deal-maker who understands the bigger picture." Daniel was also ranked in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA for Fund Formation. In IFLR1000 2021'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