Kyle Watson is a partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on strategically important transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, financial sponsor-management team partnerships, preferred equity investments and restructurings. Kyle’s experience covers a broad spectrum of matters in the energy and infrastructure sector, including matters related to onshore and offshore E&P, midstream, power generation, industrials, renewables and energy transition transactions. Kyle also counsels clients on impact and ESG-related investing, including advising on transactions related to the clean water, environmental services and education industries.


Thought Leadership


“Unanimous Texas Court of Appeals Reverses Controversial Jury Verdict — No "Common Law" Business Partnership in Texas,” Anna Rotman, Anthony Speier, Kyle Watson, Kenneth Young, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Alert, August 3, 2017.


Recognized for Mergers & Acquisitions by IFLR1000, 2020–2024

Recognized for Energy Transactions: Oil and Gas by The Legal 500 United States, 2022 

Recognized for Energy Transactions: Conventional Power by The Legal 500 United States, 2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • Illinois


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude

    Executive Board Member, Harvard Association of Law and Business

    Vice President, Harvard Law School Texas Club

  • University of OklahomaB.B.A., Finance; Aviation Minorsumma cum laude