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Sean Z. Kramer

Sean Z. Kramer is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s corporate transactional group. Sean’s practice concentrates on structuring, negotiating and managing the corporate, securities and tax aspects of complex business transactions. He has developed a particular focus on representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in leveraged buyouts of public and private companies; strategic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; divestitures; venture capital, growth equity and other minority investments; initial public offerings; debt and equity financings; restructurings and workouts; executive compensation arrangements; investment fund formations; and various corporate governance matters. Sean leads transactions across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, technology, media, industrials, manufacturing and retail.

Sean joined Kirkland as an associate in 2010 and became a partner in 2015.  In addition to his tenure at Kirkland, Sean spent time as an investment professional at a private equity–type fund focused on the legal industry. Drawing on his collective experience in law, business and education, Sean brings a unique perspective to his practice, which clients consistently find to be highly effective, practical and collegial.

Sean co-founded and currently co-chairs the Law School's Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab, a clinical program through which students learn transactional law by working with the legal and business teams of leading public and private companies, investment funds and non-profit organizations. He has also served on the boards and committees of various local and national institutions, including Teach for America, Golden Apple Foundation and the University of Chicago.