Jennifer Perkins is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jennifer represents clients in complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions and has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts and other private equity investment transactions in a broad range of industries. Jennifer also advises clients on structuring, negotiating and executing minority investments in private equity and other asset management firms.

Jennifer has been recognized as a leading private equity lawyer by publications including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States and Law360, which named her a Private Equity MVP in 2015. Most recently, Jennifer was nominated for Best in Private Equity by Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2019. In 2018 and 2019, Jennifer was featured in IFLR1000’s issues of IFLR1000 Women Leaders, a directory of the 300 most highly-regarded female attorneys in financial law, for M&A and private equity, and was named a “Leading Lawyer” in the IFLR1000 guide. Jennifer was also named to M&A Advisor’s “40 under 40” list of leading M&A attorneys.

Jennifer serves on the board of DOROT, a nonprofit social service organization providing a wide range of services for seniors, the board of directors of New Alternatives for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance for children with special healthcare needs and their families, and is a Trustee of Larchmont Temple. She was featured as a Moderator during the 10th Annual Women’s Alternative Investment Summit.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Private Company M&A: An Exploration of Current Hot Spots and Special Issues,” 41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute, January 27, 2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998New York


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1997
  • Binghamton University, State University of New YorkB.A.1994

    Phi Beta Kappa