Michael Weisser is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Michael represents private equity sponsors, pension plans and their portfolio companies in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, financings, restructurings and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience with leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions and minority investments, and frequently counsels clients on a variety of securities law, corporate governance and strategic matters.

Michael has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Global in the field of private equity and was ranked Band 1 for Private Equity: Buyouts, Nationwide in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. According to Chambers Global, “‘he is noted for his astute advice to private equity firms and their portfolio companies on significant acquisitions. Clients comment that ‘he is an exceptionally talented lawyer and he has very commercial judgement,’ appreciating that ‘he's able to explain whatever's going on in the legal, technical side in very plain business terms.’" Interviewees in Chambers USA describe him as “’excellent,’ highlighting that ‘he's able to cover a lot of ground but understands the important issues quickly.’" He has also been recognized by Legal 500 U.S., IFLR1000 and Practical Law Company. Michael was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The Am Law Daily in June 2010 and was selected in 2011 by Investment Dealers’ Digest for its annual “40 Under 40” list of the top up-and-coming professionals in the finance industry.

In addition, Michael has served on Law360's Private Equity Editorial Board, has taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, and frequently writes articles for various publications on cutting-edge legal developments, including an article in The New York Times on private equity deal terms.



Named a “Leading Lawyer” for Private Equity: Buyouts: USA, Chambers Global

Named a “Leading Lawyer” for Private Equity Transactions in the U.S., IFLR1000

Named a “Recommended Lawyer” for Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional, Legal 500 U.S.

Named a “Recommended Lawyer” for Private Equity Buyouts, Legal 500 U.S.

Named to “40 Under 40” List (2011), Investment Dealers’ Digest

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Cohen Children’s Medical Center Advisory Board

Member, Northwell Health Board of Overseers


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999New York


  • Columbia Law SchoolJ.D.1998
  • University of PennsylvaniaB.A.1995