Angelo Tiesi is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He advises principals of private equity and venture capital firms regarding the transfer of interests in investment funds. He counsels individuals, executives, business owners and their families in connection with wealth transfer and preservation, charitable giving, multi-generational planning and business succession planning. Angelo also counsels fiduciaries with regard to the administration of multi-million dollar estates and trusts. Most recently, he was ranked by Chambers HNW, The World’s Leading High Net Worth Advisers in the Private Wealth Law — Illinois category.

Angelo serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Chicago Community Trust and has previously served on the Professional Advisory Committee for the Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation, an affiliate of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and as a Board member of the Kohl Children’s Museum. As cited below, he has authored several articles that have appeared in estate planning magazines and journals with national circulation. Angelo is also a Certified Financial Planner® and a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council.


Thought Leadership


“Getting Vertical: Private Equity, Venture Capital and Hedge Fund Estate Planning Pitfalls,” Trust & Estates Magazine, September 2018 (co-author).

“Year in Review,” Trust & Estates Magazine, January 2005–2018.

“Carry Derivatives: Using Your Carried Interest in Your Estate Plan,” Venture Capital Review, Fall 2015.

“Year in Review,” Trust & Estates Magazine, January 2005-2014.

“The Beauty of SCINsurance,” Trust & Estates Magazine, June 2009.

“Now is the Time for Interest Rate Arbitrage Using Current Low Interest Rates,” Estate Planning, December 2008.

“Allocating Gain and Loss to QSST Shareholders,” Journal of Passthrough Entities, September-October, 2008.

“Using Derivatives to 'Transfer' Carried Interests in Private Equity, LBO and Venture Capital Funds,” Venture Capital Review, Spring 2006.

“Why Section 2036(a)(2) Shouldn't Apply to FLPs,” Trusts & Estates, January 2005.

“How Family Partnerships Can Navigate the Section 2036 Minefield,” Estate Planning, July 2003.

“Using GRITs to Make Risk-Free Gifts of Appreciated Property,” Estate Planning, June 1998.

“Qualified Personal Residence Trusts--Give Your Home Away And Live In It Too,” TAXES, The Tax Magazine, February 1994.


Faculty Member, Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, 2012

Faculty Member, University of Wisconsin Law School, Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Workshop, 2003

Memberships & Affiliations

Certified Financial Planner®

Chicago Community Trust Professional Advisors Committee

Children's Memorial Hospital Foundation, an affiliate of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Professional Advisor Council (2007–2013)

Kohl Children’s Museum, Board of Trustees (2004–2007)

American Bar Association

Chicago Estate Planning Council


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1987Illinois


  • Supreme Court of Illinois1987
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1987


  • Loyola University Chicago School of LawJ.D.1987
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Finance1984