Nicole Washington, P.C.


Nicole Washington is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Nicole has represented domestic and international sponsors on forming, marketing and operating private investment funds, including buyout funds, secondary funds, direct lending funds, special situations funds, growth funds, mezzanine funds, opportunistic funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and other private investment vehicles, as well as on structuring, regulatory and compliance issues. She has also worked with sponsors on internal management and succession planning, strategic investments, co-investment arrangements, joint ventures, and other investment management matters.

She has represented 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 $100 million to multibillion dollars. Additionally, Nicole has significant experience in forming and negotiating managed accounts and single investor funds.


Thought Leadership


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, 7th Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2016


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2008
  • Columbia UniversityB.A., Political Science2003