Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Kirkland & Ellis offers its high net worth clients tax planning, estate administration, and business succession services. The firm has an impressive private equity fund formation practice, and its private client team has a specialism in advising hedge fund and private equity managers.

Sources agree that, "for private equity principals, they are pre-eminent in the field." One interviewee states that "they represent the wealthiest private equity managers." The team is also able to assist business owners and executives with all aspects of their wealth planning, including charitable planning and multi-generational wealth transfer.

Notable practitioners

Angelo Tiesi counsels wealthy individuals and business owners on tax and estate planning and business successions. One peer notes that "he is very experienced and has expertise in private equity," adding: "I think very highly of him." Tiesi can advise on wealth transfer and preservation strategies. "He is an excellent lawyer, thoughtful, smart and good at bringing parties together," states a commentator.

David Handler is "among the finest estate planning attorneys around, there is no other way to describe him," enthuses an interviewee. Another agrees, saying: "He is a first-rate talent. He is very smart, technically very astute and very creative. He is among the best." Handler has a notable reputation working with principals of private equity and venture capital funds. "He is the most technical expert, who thinks through every possible option and has the ability to explain it in plain vanilla terms," reports a market source.