Jhett Nelson is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on strategic and financial transactions for companies, investment funds and management teams, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions; private equity transactions; capital raises; and joint ventures. He also often advises hedge funds in connection with their investments in the energy space and provides general corporate counseling on a variety of governance, commercial and securities matters.


Thought Leadership


Co-author, “Paring Risk in Private Equity,” Oil and Gas Investor, 2016

Co-author, “Getting Energy M&A Done: Deal Terms Become as Dynamic as Markets,” Rigzone, 2016

Co-author, “Profiting from the Fall,” Private Equity International’s Perspectives, 2016

Co-author, “Structuring Private Funds to Profit from the Oil Price Decline: Due Diligence, Liquidity Management and Investment Options,” The Hedge Fund Law Report, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009Texas


  • The University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2009
  • The College of William and MaryB.B.A., Finance & Public Policy2006