Overview

Paul Watt is a partner in the Investment Funds Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His diverse practice focuses on advising investment fund sponsors on fundraising and on a suite of related strategic and operational matters, including product expansion, succession planning, joint ventures, separately managed account and other strategic arrangements and co-investment plans. In addition to routinely representing well-established sponsors in prominent global fundraisings, Paul has significant experience in working with newly formed sponsors on all aspects of establishing their operations and raising capital, including advising on pledge structures and bespoke seeding arrangements. Paul has also advised both sponsors and institutional buyers in complex secondary and other liquidity transactions and also in connection with strategic “GP stake” investments in private investment firms and on structuring aspects in preparation of liquidity events for a firm’s owners. 

Paul’s representative clients include Aberdeen Asset Management Inc., Dunes Point Capital, Further Global Capital Management, Rhône Group, Spring Bridge Partners, Triton Partners, Vista Equity Partners and Wafra Inc. 

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Thought Leadership

Seminars 

Panelist, Strategic Minority Investments and Internal Firm Restructurings, 22nd Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, New York, February 19, 2016

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Not admitted to practice in California 
  • New York

Languages

  • English
  • French

Education

  • Fordham University School of LawLL.M., Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law
  • BPP Law School, LondonLegal Practice Course
  • BPP Law School, LondonGraduate Diploma in Law
  • Royal Holloway, University of LondonB.A., Historywith First Class Honours