Luke S. Varley

Associate Investment Funds
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Luke Varley is an associate in the Investment Funds Group of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. His diverse practice focuses on advising European and North American investment fund sponsors on the formation, structuring and management of private equity funds, as well as operational, legal and regulatory issues faced by their sponsors and the creation of internal carry plans and fee sharing arrangements. In addition to routinely representing well-established sponsors in prominent global fundraisings, Luke has significant experience in working with newly formed sponsors on all aspects of establishing their operations and raising capital, including advising on bespoke seeding arrangements. Luke also has experience structuring, negotiating and documenting complex business transactions in the private funds secondary market, representing both sponsors and buyers in fund recapitalizations.

Luke’s representative clients include EQT Partners, Further Global Capital Management, Greenbriar Equity Group, HarbourVest Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, SK Capital Partners, Summit Partners, Trilantic Europe and Vitruvian Partners.

Luke’s pro bono practice focuses on the representation of individuals on death row in their appeals to U.S. state appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2017, he obtained a U.S. Supreme Court victory in a case regarding protection for the intellectually disabled in capital cases (Moore v. Texas), which was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2019.



Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Associate Advisory Board for Legal Services NYC (2015–2018)

Visiting Lecturer, City University London (2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

New York State Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York


  • University of OxfordB.C.L.


  • City, University of LondonB.P.T.C., LawOutstanding Honors2012

    Winner of the City Law School Blackstone Moot

  • City, University of LondonGE LL.B., Law

    First Class Honors


    Prize for Best Law Student

  • Aston UniversityB.Sc., Human PsychologyUpper Second Class Honors2009