Christopher Robinson is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He primarily focuses his practice on representing buyers and sellers, as well as market intermediaries, in connection with complex secondary transactions, including traditional sales and purchases of fund interests, secondary direct transactions, captive fund spin-out arrangements, fund recapitalizations and restructurings and “stapled” secondary transactions.

In addition, he regularly represents sponsors of, and institutional investors in, private investment funds, including buyout, energy, credit, mezzanine, healthcare, real estate, venture capital, special situation and secondary funds, as well as separate and other managed accounts.

Prior to rejoining Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Christopher was the primary legal advisor for the Alternative Assets Group (AAG) within Prudential Financial, Inc. and represented the AAG, from the initial stages of due diligence through closing, in the review and negotiation of partnership agreements, investment advisory agreements, purchase and sale agreements, offering materials, side letters and co-investment arrangements.

Christopher has significant experience with a diverse group of private investment firms and investors, and representative current and past clients include 50 South Capital, Audax Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackstone (Strategic Partners), General Motors Investment Management, Invesco Private Capital, J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, Landmark Partners, Lexington Partners, OMERS Private Equity, OPTrust, Partners Group, Prudential Insurance Company of America, Solace Capital Partners, Starwood Capital Group, Vesey Street Capital Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners, among others.

Christopher serves on the Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the New York Recruiting Committee.


Thought Leadership


Transfers and Secondary Sales, by Michael Belsley and Christopher Robinson, Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance - Private Equity - Fund Formation and Operation, 2017.


Speaker, "What are Traditional Secondary Transactions?" Kirkland & Ellis Liquidity Solutions Academy, New York City, New York, November 6, 2019.

Panelist, "What are specialized GP-led secondaries," SuperReturn US Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, June 11, 2019.

Moderator, "Financing and Structuring Secondary Transactions," NextGen Secondaries Summit, Napa, California, October 19, 2018.


Selected into the National Black Lawyers — Top 40 Under 40

Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award Recipient

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, New York City Bar Association

Past Committee Member, Young Professional Board of Youth Inc.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Seton Hall University School of LawJ.D.

    President, Black Law Students Association

    Alumni Scholarship Recipient

  • Howard UniversityB.A., Political Science; Business Administration Minorcum laude

    Dean’s List

    Trustee Scholarship Recipient