Matthew Smith, a partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group, represents a variety of venture capital and private equity firms, from large asset managers to first-time funds. Matt has been named a “Rising Star” in Business and Corporate Law by Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2016–2021 and was selected to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list by Best Lawyers® for 2021 and 2022.

During the past five years alone, Matt has advised on the formation and fundraising of venture capital, private equity and other investment funds and accounts with total capital commitments exceeding $50 billion — ranging in size from $150 million to approximately $8 billion.

Matt advises venture capital and private equity firms on all aspects of their businesses, including forming investment funds, GP-led transactions, fund regulatory and compliance matters, complex business transactions and firm ownership and operational issues. He also advises funds and institutional investors in connection with complex secondaries transactions, including traditional portfolio sales, stapled secondary offerings, continuation transactions and fund restructurings.

Representative Clients

Andreessen Horowitz, Ares Management, Audax Group, Axum Capital Partners, Blue Owl Capital, First Eagle Investments, Galvanize Climate Solutions, General Catalyst, Haun Ventures, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Quiet Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Transformation Capital Partners, Warren Equity Partners and Willowridge Partners.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014Massachusetts


  • Suffolk University Law SchoolJ.D.summa cum laude2014

    Editor, Suffolk University Law Review

  • University of Central FloridaB.A.2011