Paul Sampson

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Creative, tireless, always looking for a solution, and very good at explaining tactical things to clients. Paul knows how chess pieces move: he's two to three steps ahead.”
- Legal 500, 2023

Paul is an investment funds partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Described by clients as the “go-to partner for complex transactions…and large-scale fundraisings” and “excellent in negotiations”, Paul represents sponsors in relation to the structuring, formation and operation of a broad range of private investment funds, across all the major alternative asset classes, with a focus on real estate, infrastructure, transportation and credit. Paul has extensive experience in relation to a variety of commingled and fund-like structures, including funds-of-one, separate managed accounts, co-investments and joint ventures. In addition to fundraising, Paul frequently advises sponsors in connection with GP-led transactions (continuation funds, recapitalizations, secondaries etc.), asset management M&A, new platform establishments and co-GP arrangements. 

Representative Clients

Arctos Partners, Arcus Infrastructure Partners, Axa Investment Managers, Clear Sky Capital, Dream Asset Management, DWS, Heitman, JPMorgan Asset Management, King Street Capital, KKR, M&G, Macquarie Principal Finance, NLC, Oaktree Capital, Pegasus Capital, PGIM, Queensland Investment Corporation, Realterm, Schroders, Slate Asset Management, Starwood Capital, Tishman Speyer, Triple Point and UBS Asset Management.



Paul has been widely recognised by the legal directories as a leading funds lawyer in the European market. Paul is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500, Investment Funds (2023), and is rated Band 2 in the “Investment Funds: Investor Representation” section of the Chambers UK 2023 edition. In Legal 500 (2023), Paul is described by clients as having “an excellent grasp of the technical aspects of investment funds” and someone who has “always provided real value-add to our business”. One source described him as a partner who “thinks about matters from the perspective of the client…and is exceptionally responsive, technically sound and great at client management”. In addition, Paul was recognised by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (Financial and Investment Services Law) in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010, Admitted to practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • The University of Law, LondonLL.B.First Honors2007
  • The University of Law, LondonLegal Practice Coursewith Distinction2007
  • The University of Law, LondonGraduate Diploma in Lawwith Distinction2006
  • University of BirminghamB.A., EnglishFirst Honors2005