Zahra Usmani is a mergers & acquisitions and private equity partner in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She regularly advises public and private companies, including private equity firms and strategic investors, on acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and other general corporate matters in domestic and cross-border transactions. Zahra's experience covers a variety of sectors, with a focus on the infrastructure and technology sectors.



Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2023

The Best Lawyers in America: “Ones to Watch” for Mergers and Acquisitions, Energy, and Corporate Law (2021–2024) and for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2023–2024)

Texas Diversity Council: 2021 Top Women Lawyer Award

Memberships & Affiliations

Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Trustee (2017–2021) and Fellow


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • English
  • Urdu


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2014
  • University of HoustonB.B.A., Accountingsumma cum laude2011