Brett Nelson is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, including structuring and negotiating strategic and leveraged acquisitions and divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and growth equity investments, equity and debt financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, executive compensation and incentive equity matters, and general corporate counseling and compliance. Brett has handled such matters on behalf of, among others, Thoma Bravo, Linden Capital Partners, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, Summit Partners, Sun Capital Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners and Aterian Investment Partners, as well as many of their portfolio companies.

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015Illinois
  • 2019Minnesota


  • Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2015
    Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Gustavus Adolphus CollegeB.A., Financial Economics & Political Sciencesumma cum laude2011

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Wall Street Journal Award for excellence in Economics