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John R. O'Neil

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

New York, NY, USA


John O'Neil is a corporate partner and leads the Firm's Private Funds Group. He is widely recognized as a leader in the field of private equity fund matters having advised clients on a wide range of on-going operational issues as well as extraordinary events involving private investment funds and their sponsors (e.g., "key person" events, investor defaults, spin-outs, zombie funds, valuation matters, conflicts, succession planning, strategic investments in fund sponsors and other significant transactions). Mr. O'Neil regularly represents both domestic and international sponsors of buyout, growth capital, distressed debt, energy, defense, technology, international private equity, mezzanine, credit opportunities and other global investment funds. Recommended as a leading practitioner in his field in many publications, Chambers Global and Chambers USA describe Mr. O'Neil as "top notch and he really understands the pulse of the market" and "smart and creative;" and state that clients appreciate that "you can ask him any question without prior notice and he will answer you as if he has prepared for hours."

Mr. O'Neil is a founding member of the New York Investment Funds Society, a group comprising New York City leading attorneys extensively advising investment fund sponsors. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the Firm's Crisis Management Group, which guides investment fund sponsors, advisory boards and other market participants through extraordinary events.
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