Press Release

Investment Funds Lawyer John Senior Joins Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis announced today that John Senior will join the Firm as a partner in the Investment Funds Group of the New York office. 

“John is a talented lawyer who brings substantial experience across the range of issues related to formation and operation of investment funds, as well as secondary and other fund-related transactions,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “We are excited to add him to our top-tier investment funds team, which continues to attract many of the industry’s brightest stars.”

Mr. Senior brings extensive experience counseling sponsors on the organization and operation of private investment funds, as well as advising sponsors and investors in strategic secondary transactions. Since 2016, he has advised on capital raises exceeding $70 billion in commitments across investment strategies ranging from buyout, infrastructure, real estate and natural resources, to social impact and venture capital. Mr. Senior also advises clients on internal partnership arrangements, succession planning, regulatory compliance and fund-related transactions. 

“John is an impressive lawyer who has built a strong practice and outstanding reputation for his work in the investment funds area,” said John O’Neil, head of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group based in New York. “He is a great fit for Kirkland and we are excited to get him integrated into our market-leading platform for investment fund formation and management.”

“Joining Kirkland was an easy decision,” said Mr. Senior. “Amid a changing market and regulatory environment, there is simply no other firm that can match the resources Kirkland brings to bear in service of its clients. I’m thrilled to be joining the team and excited to be part of the next chapter of the Investment Funds Group’s growth.”

Named a Rising Star for Investment Funds by IFLR1000, Mr. Senior is also a recognized thought leader who has spoken on fund formation matters at a variety of industry conferences and panels. He joins Kirkland from the New York office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he was a partner in the investment funds practice group. Before attending law school, Mr. Senior served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, where he held diplomatic postings in India and Bulgaria, and as a U.S. negotiator in the United Nations Security Council. He holds degrees from the New York University School of Law and Georgetown University.