Barry Le Vine is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, based in the Bay Area. He has experience representing a wide variety of investment fund sponsors in the structuring, fundraising and operation of private equity, private credit, real asset, hedge and hybrid funds, including significant first-time funds and new strategy launches, together with related operational and strategic matters, including anchor and seed investments, platform arrangements, co-investments, separately managed accounts, upper-tier structuring, insurance dedicated funds, high-net worth feeders, fund restructurings, spinouts, M&A transactions and structured equity investments. In particular, Barry has worked extensively with emerging and mature fund sponsors on all aspects of their management and operation, including advising on compensation arrangements, governance structures, joint ventures, succession and estate planning, litigation matters, financing transactions, and providing deal support. He has also handled significant LP-side mandates for prominent ultra-high-net-worth individuals, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Barry practiced at the San Francisco office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he represented a broad array of investment fund sponsors in connection with their private fund offerings. While in law school, Barry served as a research associate for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. Prior to law school, Barry was a senior analyst at Treesdale Partners, LLC, a New York City-based hedge fund.

Barry’s representative clients include a16z, American Pacific Group, Antara Capital, Arcline Investment Management, BlackRock, Blackstone, Fortress Investment Group, Oaktree Capital Management, Patient Square Capital, Percheron Capital, Vector Capital and Vista Equity Partners.


Thought Leadership


Barry Le Vine, The Derivative Market’s Black Sheep: Regulation of Non-Cleared Security-Based Swaps Under Dodd-Frank, 31 Nw. J. Int’l L. & Bus. 699 (2011).

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013, California
  • 2012, District of Columbia
  • 2011, New York
  • 2011, New Jersey
  • 2014, Hawaii (inactive)
  • 2014, Florida (inactive)


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2010

    Executive Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business

    Business Enterprise Concentration; Accelerated (2-year) JD Program

  • University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessM.B.A., Financewith Honors2010
  • Cornell UniversityB.A., Science and Technology Studieswith Distinction2004