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 was recognized for her work in Private Equity: Buyouts in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA where clients noted, "She does an excellent job distilling complex issues into easy-to-understand language. She has a great nose for negotiations and seems to have a great sense for where to press and how." 

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.


Thought Leadership


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

Moderator, 10th Annual Women’s Alternative Investment Summit.


Recognized in Chambers USA, Private Equity: Buyouts (New York), 2021

Recognized in The Legal 500 United States

“Crisis Leadership Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2020

“Best in Private Equity” Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2019

Recognized in IFLR1000 “Women Leaders,” 2018–2019, 2021

“Highly Regarded” in the IFLR1000 guide, 2018–2021

“40 Under 40 Leading M&A” award, The M&A Advisor

“Private Equity MVP” Law360, 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998New York


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

    Phi Beta Kappa