Ranesh Ramanathan is a partner in the Boston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and focuses on debt finance, distressed/special situations, alternative investments and credit fund transactions.

Ranesh has extensive experience negotiating, structuring and managing complex transactions globally, from the United States to Europe, Asia and Australia, including acquiring diverse multijurisdictional portfolios of assets and extracting entire business units from distressed sellers. He has managed the legal aspects of investments in publicly traded and pre-IPO companies, as well as investments across the credit spectrum, and has worked with a variety of fund types including closed-ended, open-ended and managed accounts in a wide variety of strategies. Ranesh has also advised on private equity and hedge fund investments.

Ranesh returned to private practice in 2018 after nearly 15 years in in-house legal roles with Bain Capital and Citigroup. Immediately prior to joining Kirkland, Ranesh was a managing director at Bain Capital and general counsel to Bain Capital’s public markets business and served on Bain Capital Credit’s risk and oversight committee. Ranesh’s in-house experience at large global institutions will bring a multidisciplinary and client-focused perspective aimed at solving client problems.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, "Distressed & Special Situations Panel," 28th Annual Harvard Business School Venture Capital Private Equity Conference, February 5, 2022

Moderator, “Creative Capital,” Columbia Business School’s 28th Annual Private Equity Virtual Conference, February 4, 2022

Moderator, "Distressed and Special Situation Opportunities," Creditflux/Debtwire US Private Credit Forum, November 10, 2021 

Moderator, “State of the Middle-Market,” CreditFlux/Debtwire U.S. Private Credit Forum, October 15, 2020

Moderator, "Distressed & Special Situations," HBS's Venture Capital Private Equity Conference, February 8, 2020

Moderator, "Special Situations & Distressed," 25th Annual Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, March 22, 2019

Presenter, "Prepacks – A blueprint for India," Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India & SIPI Roundtable, March 15, 2019

Panelist, "2019 Market Outlook," 100WF Panel, February 7, 2019

Moderator, “Turnaround, Distressed & Special Situations,” Harvard Business School’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Club Conference, January 26, 2019

Moderator, "Spectrum of Opportunities Within Private Debt," LPGP Connect Private Debt Conference 2018, May 22, 2018

Panelist, "Panel Discussion: Innovative Products," Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2018, May 17, 2018


Recognized for Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 United States, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020Massachusetts
  • 2000New York


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.1999
  • The Johns Hopkins UniversityB.A.1993