Eric Zhi is an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has represented clients in a broad range of domestic and international transactions including mergers and acquisitions, SPAC transactions, commercial real estate transactions, and a variety of corporate matters. The private equity firms and asset managers that Eric has represented include Blackstone, Thoma Bravo, Bain Capital, Vista Equity Partners, Link Industrial Properties, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., TPG Real Estate, Strategic Office Partners as well as REITs and other institutional investors.
Eric is the co-founder and co-chair for Lawyers Helping Our Community, a special legal clinic under Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) that addresses the unique legal challenges faced by small business owners and individuals in Asian American communities. Eric received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School, and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and certified Financial Risk Manager. Eric is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University where he teaches business law, and was a Chartered Financial Analyst (2020–2021).
Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Rising Star Award, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
Pro Bono Service Award, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Memberships & Affiliations
Vice President, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
Chartered Financial Analyst, the CFA Institute
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, the CAIA Association
Financial Risk Manager Charterholder, the Global Association of Risk Professionals
Young Professional Board, Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing
Co-Chair, Lawyers Helping Our Community - a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Clinic
Board Member, Project: VISION
Admissions & Qualifications
- University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.
- University of TorontoA.B.D., Economics
- Queen's UniversityM.A., Economics
- University of TorontoB.B.A., Finance & Economics