Josh Westerholm is a partner in the Investment Funds Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he is a key member of its hedge fund and financial regulatory practices, oversees the Firm’s global commodities practice, and has significant responsibility in the Firm’s transactional and derivatives practices.

Josh focuses his practice on the representation and defense of investment advisers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, broker-dealers, private funds and family offices.


Thought Leadership


Josh is a frequent contributing author and editor of the Kirkland AIM and PEN.


Panelist, NSCP Form ADV Workshops, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles (February 2017)

Panelist, "Regulatory Refresher: What to Watch for in the Trump Administration," Alternative Asset Management General Counsel Luncheon (January 2017)

Panelist, 2017 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summits (October 2017)

Panelist, 2016 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summits (October 2016)

Panelist, 2015 Registered Adviser Seminar & CCO Summits (November 2015)

Panelist, "Perspectives on the Current PE Regulation Environment," University of Michigan Private Equity Conference (October 2014)

Panelist, "SEC Inspections," Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) CFO Summit


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.2004
    Executive Editor, Journal of International Law and Business
  • Trinity International UniversityB.A., English & Philosophysumma cum laude2000
    Recipient, Student Laureate Award of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, 2000