Xin Florence Zhang is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. With a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, structured equity transactions, and minority interest sales, Florence offers comprehensive counsel to a wide range of U.S. and international public and private companies, as well as private equity firms. Her experience extends to both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, encompassing deals with transaction values ranging from several million to $80 billion.

Florence has advised on some of the most intricate and notable M&A transactions in recent years. These include the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by Fortress Management from SoftBank, the strategic business combination of MSD Partners and BDT & Company, AT&T's sale of DirecTV to TPG, the acquisition of GGP by Brookfield Property Partners, and the tri-party public merger involving NorthStar Asset Management, NorthStar Realty Finance, and Colony Capital.

Florence brings extensive experience in advising public companies on corporate governance matters, activism and takeover defense, as well as providing assistance to financial institutions in M&A financial advisory matters. As part of her strategic GP advisory practice, she provides guidance to clients on structuring complex incentive compensation and equity ownership arrangements for principals of investment management firms.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York


  • English
  • Mandarin


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2014

    Journal of International Law and Business

    Co-Community & Career Chair, APALSA

  • Wake Forest University School of LawMaster of Laws2010
  • Shandong UniversityBachelor of Laws2009

    Exchange Program, T.C. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia