Brett Saltzman is a tremendously innovative and creative funds attorney that can design an elegant solution to almost any LP or GP request or requirement. - The Legal 500 United States

Brett Saltzman is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he focuses his practice on advising private fund sponsors on all aspects of the investment management industry, including forming, marketing and managing investment vehicles, launching new business lines, establishing internal economic and governance arrangements at the sponsor level, and other operational, legal and regulatory issues at both the fund and sponsor level. Brett represents a wide range of sponsors, including publicly traded global asset managers, prominent middle-market sponsors and first-time fund sponsors, across various industry verticals, with a particular focus on real estate, other real assets and real estate credit. Brett has represented numerous global real estate and other private equity fund sponsors in establishing open-end and closed-end investment funds, vehicles and other accounts, including programmatic joint ventures, co-investment programs and club deals, with a broad range of investment strategies. In addition to capital formation, Brett has extensive experience advising sponsors in connection with GP-led transactions (continuation funds, recapitalizations, secondaries, etc.), asset management M&A, new platform establishment and co-GP arrangements, seed capital and anchor investor arrangements, crisis management and regulatory investigations. Private Funds Management ranked Brett in its "30 under 40" list, which recognizes the 30 most influential private funds lawyers under the age of 40. Brett was also recognized in 2022 by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in its list of Top Attorneys Under 40.

Representative Clients

Affinius, Bain Capital Real Estate, Bell Partners, Bridge Industrial, Bridge Investment Group, CapRock, Cerberus Capital Management, Core Spaces, Cross Lake, Eleven Capital Management, GCP, GEM Realty Capital, GLP, Hines, LaSalle Investment Management, Macquarie, Mavik Capital, MCR, The Meridian Group, Osso Capital, Paulson & Co., Redcar, Rockwood Capital, Shore Capital, Shorenstein, Singerman Real Estate, Town Lane, TPG, USAA Real Estate, Värde, Waterton Associates, Zell Equity International.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, REEL (Real Estate Emerging Leaders) Summit, August 2023

Speaker, “Legal Matters: Fund Formation Considerations,” NAIC Next Generation of Private Equity Firms Symposium, July 2019


Named to Law360’s list of Top Attorneys Under 40, 2022

Ranked in Private Funds Management's "30 under 40" list


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois


  • United States Tax Court


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawLL.M., Taxation2009
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of TechnologyJ.D.High Honors2008

    Dean’s List

    Order of the Coif

  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A., Political Science & Legal Studies2005