Jeff Richards is a partner in the Corporate Department of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jeff concentrates his practice on representing private investment funds, privately held businesses and publicly traded companies in negotiating and executing complex commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions; divestitures of businesses, divisions and business units; private financings (including venture capital and private equity investments and mezzanine financings); public offerings of equity and debt securities; and private equity and other investment fund formations.

Jeff's broad transactional experience spans a number of business industries, including telecommunications, media, technology, business software services, healthcare, for-profit education, government contracting, manufacturing, consumer retail, real estate management and financial services, among others. He has orchestrated transactions ranging in size and scope from start-up venture equity investments of a few million dollars to leveraged buyouts of multi-national public companies with market capitalization in the billions.

In addition to managing complex transactions, Jeff also provides general corporate counseling to a number of privately held businesses and public companies, advising on matters such as negotiating commercial contractual arrangements with customers, suppliers and service providers; compliance with debt and equity financing; securities law issues; negotiating settlements of commercial and employment litigation; board actions and fiduciary duties; and executive equity and compensation arrangements.

Clients who rely on Jeff's advice single out his "broad knowledge base and business acumen" in The Legal 500 U.S.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1995Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors1995
    Staff, 1993–1994; Editor, 1994–1995, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Bradley UniversityB.S., Financemagna cum laude 1992