Richard Watkins

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Richard has an excellent way of looking at problems, often suggesting solutions that others have not considered. He is also an excellent all-rounder with knowledge of the whole gamut of funds work.” - Chambers UK, 2024

Richard Watkins is an investment funds partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Richard primarily advises in relation to private equity fund structuring, carried interest, co-investment and other private equity incentive schemes and also advises on private equity transactions including secondaries, spin-outs and mergers of private equity houses.


Thought Leadership


2013 IBA Private Equity Symposium - co-chair, "How investors view the asset class today and their plans for the future"

13th Annual IBA International Conference on Private Investment Funds - panelist, "Current terms: private equity funds"

CI Funds Forum 2012, July 4, 2012 - panelist, “Private Equity: Walking the Wire”


Ranked Band 1 by Chambers UK, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Europe

Recognised as a leading individual by The Legal 500

Recognised as a leading lawyer in UK Legal Experts

Recognised as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000

Recognised by Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers - Private Funds

Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer?

Memberships & Affiliations

Law Society of England and Wales


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996, Admitted to practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • University of EssexLL.B.Honours1992
  • The University of Law, GuildfordLaw Society Finals1993