Press Release

Investment Funds Partner Anand Damodaran to Join London Office of Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is pleased to announce that Anand Damodaran will join the Firm’s London office as a partner in the Investment Funds Group. Mr. Damodaran focuses on advising clients on the formation of credit, private equity and real estate funds.

“Anand is a hugely talented practitioner and an excellent addition to our market-leading investment funds group in London,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His extensive experience and knowledge advising fund sponsors across the spectrum of investment strategies, including his particular credit fund strength, will further enhance our global funds offering.”

London-based investment funds partner Richard Watkins commented: “Anand is a proven leader and we are delighted he is joining us to complement our practice, especially in credit funds, as this continues to grow globally.”

Mr. Damodaran will join Kirkland from the London office of Ropes & Gray, where he was a partner. In addition to fund formation, he also regularly advises clients on the establishment of carried interest and co-investment schemes, secondaries and strategic fund sponsor transactions.

Mr. Damodaran holds a law degree from the National Law School of India University, a masters in corporate law from New York University School of Law and is admitted to practice in India, New York and England & Wales. He has been recommended in investment funds by The Legal 500 UK and is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Chambers & Partners UK, which says he is “well known for his innovative fund formations, particularly in novel credit fund mandates, and for his regulatory work on AIFMD compliance.”  He was also selected by Financial News as one of its ‘40 under 40 Rising Stars in Legal Services’ in 2016.

Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across offices in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific. With more than 230 dedicated Investment Funds attorneys, including 80 partners, few firms approach the breadth, depth and scope of Kirkland’s experience in investment funds legal services.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,900-attorney law firm representing global clients in investment funds, private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, restructuring, litigation/dispute resolution and arbitration, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 13 offices around the world: London, Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.