Press Release

Investment Funds Partner Thomas Laverty to Join London Office of Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas Laverty will join the Firm’s London office as a partner in the Investment Funds Group. Mr. Laverty was most recently Managing Director and Funds Counsel at Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), a division of Macquarie Group and the world’s largest infrastructure asset manager.

“We are delighted that Thomas has joined Kirkland,” said Richard Watkins, a London-based investment funds partner. “He joins us as we continue to expand our offering across real assets — his unique experience and perspective will be highly attractive to a broad range of real asset fund sponsors.”

Chicago-based investment funds partner, Kelly Ryan, who focuses on real estate and other real asset investment funds, added: “The addition of Thomas in Europe expands our global real asset offering significantly at a time when our real asset fund sponsor clients are raising and investing capital on an increasingly geographically diversified basis.”

Mr. Laverty holds an LLB (Hons) from Trinity College, Dublin, and qualified as a solicitor with Ashurst, formerly working in that firm’s London, Paris and Tokyo offices.

Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to private investment fund sponsors and select institutional investors with respect to all major alternative investment strategies. Operating as an integrated, multidisciplinary global team across offices in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific, Kirkland’s 130+ dedicated fund attorneys represent a diverse group of private investment fund sponsors ranging from some of the world’s largest multi-strategy alternative asset managers and financial institutions to independent boutiques and sponsors raising first-time funds. According to Preqin, Kirkland represented more funds that closed in the last 12 months than any other law firm.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,700-attorney law firm representing global clients in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in London, Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.