Neal J. Reenan is a corporate partner in Kirkland's Boston and Chicago offices and is a founding partner of the Firm’s Boston office. Neal focuses on structuring, negotiating and executing complex domestic and cross-border transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, take-privates, joint ventures, recapitalizations and restructuring transactions. He also advises on related corporate governance, financing, executive compensation, and general corporate matters.

Neal has represented a variety of financial sponsors, including Bain Capital Private Equity, Centerbridge Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners, H.I.G. Capital, TPG Capital, NewSpring Capital, Camden Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Apax Funds, CHS Capital, Lee Equity Partners, Thoma Bravo, Ridgemont Equity Partners, and GTCR, as well as many of their respective portfolio companies. In addition, Neal has handled transactions for corporate clients such as Diversey, Inc., The Amynta Group, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, CME Group, Konica Minolta Holdings, EVO Payments International, Aquilex Holdings, the SourceInterlink Companies, AMF Bowling Worldwide, Cinemark Holdings, and Advisory Research, Inc.

Neal's experience spans industries including financial services, manufacturing, health care, distribution, business to business services, consumer products and services, entertainment and technology.


Thought Leadership


Panelist, “The Nuts and Bolts of Private Equity M&A: What Makes PE Deals Different,” ABA Business Law Section Meeting, New Orleans, April 8, 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association — Business Law Section

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee Member

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee Member

  • Carve-out Transactions Deal Points Study Task Force Member

  • Model Private Merger Agreement Working Group Member

Northeastern University Law School Global LLM Advisory Board Member 

Licensed CPA in Michigan (inactive)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

University of Michigan Law School Class Agent — Class of 2003


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2017Massachusetts
  • 2003Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2003
    Order of the Coif
  • Northeastern UniversityM.B.A.; M.S., Accounting1994
  • Harvard UniversityA.B., Governmentcum laude1993