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Christopher J. Torrente

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA

Chris Torrente is a corporate partner in the New York office. Chris' practice is primarily focused on representing private equity funds, private companies and public companies in a wide variety of complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Chris also advises private equity funds and venture capital funds in growth capital investments, venture capital financings and in the management of their portfolio companies, including debt and equity financings, follow-on acquisitions and liquidity events. Chris has experience in a wide variety of industries, including business services, chemicals, retail, consumer products, industrials, manufacturing, logistics/transportation services, oil and gas services.

Chris also serves on various firmwide committees including the Finance Committee, the Pro Bono Management Committee and the Associate Review Committee, as well as the NY Associate Review Committee.

Representative Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions / Leveraged Buyouts / Growth Capital Investments

LNK Partners, along with Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital, in its acquisition of Life Time Fitness, Inc.

The Carlyle Group in connection with its acquisition of the Industrial Packaging Group segment of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

3G Capital, along with Berkshire Hathaway, in its acquisition of the H.J. Heinz Company

3i Group in numerous acquisitions and dispositions, including

  • investment in Fulcrum Group Ltd. and the subsequent combination of Fulcrum Group Ltd. and Butterfield Fund Services
  • disposition of Butterfield Fulcrum Group
  • investment in Grupo Union Radio
  • disposition of Mold-Masters Ltd.
  • investment in JMJ Associates
  • acquisition of A&A Manufacturing
  • acquisition of Q Holding Company
  • disposition of TouchTunes Interactive Networks

Bain Capital in numerous acquisitions, including

  • acquisition of the Styron division of Dow Chemicals Corp.
  • acquisition of Consolidated Container Co.

Droga5 in connection with the investment by William Morris Endeavor

LNK Partners in numerous acquisitions and dispositions, including

  • acquisition of Natural Food Holdings
  • acquisition of Titan Fitness LLC
  • disposition of Natural Food Holdings

Saw Mill Capital in numerous acquisitions and dispositions

Trilantic Capital Partners in numerous acquisitions and dispositions, including

  • investment in Fortitech Inc.
  • disposition of Fortitech Inc.
  • acquisition of Implus Footcare
  • investment in Traeger Pellet Grills
  • disposition of Implus Footcare

Memberships & Affiliations

Advisory Committee Member, The Deal (2015)


Speaker, University of Texas Mergers & Acquisitions Institute, Fall 2015

Speaker, "Private Equity Bootcamp," University of Pennsylvania Law School, Spring Semester 2015

Moderator, NYU Stern Private Equity Conference, Winter 2014

Speaker, Legal Aspects of Private Equity, The Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Club, (Spring 2009; Fall 2010)

Prior Experience

  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Summer 1999; September 2000 - March 2004)


  • Corporate
  • Leveraged Acquisitions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Company
  • Private Equity


  • 2001, New York


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2000 Dean's List 1999-2000
  • Fordham Urban Law Journal: ADR Editor (Volume XXVII); Staff Member (Volume XXVI)
  • Michigan State University, B.A., Economics & Political Science, 1995

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