Overview

Nicole M. Runyan is an investment funds partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and heads the Firm’s registered funds practice. Nicole has nearly two decades of experience advising clients on the formation, registration, operation and oversight of nearly every type of registered fund as well as business development companies (BDCs).

Nicole has a broad background representing mutual funds, ETFs, listed closed-end funds and other traditional registered funds investing across a variety of asset classes and strategies, including: public and private U.S., developed and emerging market equities; private credit, structured credit, high-yield, preferred securities, directly originated and broadly syndicated loans and other income-producing strategies; real estate and infrastructure assets; and commodities and natural resource assets, including managed futures strategies.

More recently, she has committed significant time to counseling clients on the design and offering of alternative investment products, such as BDCs, funds of funds, interval funds and tender offer funds, that offer access for retail and high net worth investors to a variety of traditional “private market” asset classes, such as private credit and private equity, including on a primary, secondary, direct or co-investment basis.

Additionally, Nicole advises clients on the full range of issues facing registered funds, their independent directors and investment advisers. These include regulatory and compliance matters, SEC exemptive relief applications and compliance, trading and conflict issues, registration and disclosure matters, seed capital and other funding transactions, financing arrangements, and extraordinary events such as restructurings, acquisitions and activist matters.

Clients value Nicole’s practice advice and experience. Chambers USA reports that clients say she is an “incredibly strong and experienced funds lawyer” and is “thoughtful, thorough and of real value to us.”

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Recognition

Chambers Global, USA: Investment Funds: Registered Funds, 2020–2022

Chambers USA, Nationwide: Investment Funds: Registered Funds, 2018–2022

The Legal 500 United States, Mutual/Registered Funds/Exchange-Traded Funds, 2018–2021

New York Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," 2012–2017

Memberships & Affiliations

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Investment Management Regulation Committee

The American Bar Association

Executive Board Member, Women's Investment Management Forum

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York

Education

  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.cum laude
  • Wake Forest UniversityB.A.cum laude