Sean Z. Kramer is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His 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 the wide array of transactions that they encounter: leveraged buyouts and consortium deals; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; joint ventures; venture capital, growth equity and other minority investments; initial public offerings; debt and equity financings; restructurings; executive compensation arrangements; investment fund formations; and corporate governance matters.
Sean’s private equity and corporate clients value that his legal judgment is complemented by strong communication skills and business acumen. Sean’s broad experiences in business and law have honed his focus on the commercial and practical implications of transactions. In addition to his tenure at Kirkland, Sean worked in a business and finance role at a market-leading investment fund focused on legal and regulatory risk.
Sean co-founded and currently co-chairs the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab at the University of Chicago Law School, a clinical program in 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. Sean has also served on boards of several education-focused institutions, including Golden Apple Foundation, Teach for America and the University of Chicago. Sean graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School.