Nicole Washington is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she is a key member of the Firm’s Investment Funds Group. Nicole regularly represents domestic and international sponsors on forming, marketing and operating private investment funds, including buyout, secondary, direct lending, special situations, growth, mezzanine, opportunistic, real estate, infrastructure and other private investment vehicles, as well as on structuring, regulatory and compliance issues. She also advises some of the world’s most sophisticated private fund sponsors on internal management and succession planning, strategic investments, co-investment arrangements, joint ventures, and other investment management matters.

Nicole’s experience also includes representing some of the largest and most diversified asset managers, as well as numerous small and middle-market managers on the formation of private investment funds ranging from several hundred million to multibillion dollars. Additionally, Nicole has significant experience in forming and negotiating managed accounts and single investor funds.

Nicole serves as co-chair of Kirkland’s Transactional Associate Review Committee, and is a member of the Committees on Billings and Collections, Diversity and Inclusion and Firmwide Recruiting. She also serves on the board of PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organization which uses basketball to unite and educate children and their communities. In 2020, Nicole was named by Law360 to the Fund Formation "Rising Stars” list, an annual ranking which recognizes outstanding legal talent under 40 years old.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, “Cross-Fund Sales: No Longer Taboo?,” The Weekly Knockout (Kayo Conference Series), August 2020

Speaker, “Unconventional Paths to Liquidity: Fund-Related Solutions to Exiting Portfolio Companies,” Kirkland & Ellis Webinar, August 2020

Speaker, “Continued Momentum of the Closed-End Fund Market,” Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2020

Keynote Speaker, Columbia Business School, 26th Annual Private Equity Conference, February 2020

Moderator, “Breaking the Private Equity/Alternatives Glass Ceiling: Why Women Investing in Women-Led Firms Is the Answer,” Women’s Alternative Investment Summit, November 2019

Speaker, “Legal Matters: Fund Formation Considerations,” NAIC Next Generation of Private Equity Firms Symposium, May 2019

Speaker, “Private Debt Outlook: What are the Latest Developments,” LPGP Connect Women in Private Debt, May 2018

Moderator, “Plenary Panel: Institutional Investor Perspectives,” 3rd Annual Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Summit, June 2017

Panelist, Harvard Business School, 22nd Annual Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference, March 2016

Panelist, Maples and Calder, Maples FS, Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.
  • Columbia UniversityB.A., Political Science