Press Release

Kirkland Adds Investment Funds Lawyer David King to San Francisco Office

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that David King has joined the Firm’s San Francisco office as a partner in the Investment Funds Group.

“David is an extremely talented and respected attorney with a strong mix of investment funds experience,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “Having represented some of the world’s most sophisticated funds across a range of industries, including real estate, energy, infrastructure and power, David will be a huge asset to our clients and to our premier investment funds practice.”  

Mr. King joins Kirkland from The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) where he was a Principal focused on Carlyle’s Global Real Assets business. There Mr. King acted as general counsel for Carlyle’s second-largest business segment, which included all real estate, energy, infrastructure and power funds. Mr. King was also responsible for SMA structuring and management at Carlyle. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. King was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, practicing in the firm’s M&A and funds groups. Prior to that, Mr. King was an associate at Millennium Partners, a hedge fund with more than $30 billion of assets under management at the time. Mr. King holds a J.D. from New York University Law School, where he was the senior notes editor of the Journal of Law and Business. Mr. King simultaneously earned an Advanced Certificate in Law and Business from New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business. He received his B.A. in economics with a minor in accounting and specialization in computer science from the University of California at Los Angeles.  

“We are delighted to welcome David to our dynamic investment funds practice. His expertise is perfectly suited to our global investment funds platform, which is focused on providing sophisticated fund sponsor clients with full coverage throughout the lifecycle of a fund,” said John O’Neil, global head of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group.

Mr. King’s appointment follows several recent senior hires within Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group this year. In August 2017, Anand Damodaran, formerly a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, joined the Firm’s London office as partner; in July 2017, Alpa Patel, formerly Branch Chief of the Private Funds Branch of the investment adviser policy and rulemaking office of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partner; in June 2017, Sean Hill, formerly co-head of the private investment funds group at Proskauer Rose LLP, and Stephanie Berdik, formerly a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, joined the Firm’s Boston office as partners; and in May 2017, Erica Williams, the former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, and Marian Fowler, former Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Investment Management at the SEC, joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as partners.

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 the United States, Europe 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.

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