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Investment Analyst I

Job ID: 6737

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting

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About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,000+ lawyers) operating from 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Investment Analyst I is a member of the Investment Partnerships Group, which is responsible for the analysis, administration, and recordkeeping of the investment program on behalf of the Firm’s partners. The Investment Analyst I will work collaboratively with other analysts, managers, and partners of the Firm, with a focus on the support of the analysis of investment opportunities and preparation of written investment memorandums to present to the Investment Committee and eligible investors.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Support the analysis and presentation investment opportunities to the Investment Committee with a special attention to strategy, track record, team, and terms.
  • Review offering materials (e.g., private placement memorandums, limited partnership agreements) on investment opportunities and summarize/prepare investment memos for distribution to internal partners, responding to general inquiries, collecting commitments, and coordinating the complex database set up for each investment.
  • Document Investment Committee decisions related to making investments, the size of investments, action with respect to amendments, and sales of investments.
  • Support the analysis and presentation of early liquidity offers, and sale contracts to the Investment Committee.
  • Analyze commitment spending for presentation to the Investment Committee.
  • Ad-hoc research and analysis.
  • Validate data, test reports/features with database implementations, customizations, and upgrades.
  • Periodic report development and database enhancement coordination to the Investment Group’s database.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The successful candidate will have relevant internship experience in investment analysis in a financial services, private equity, or consulting firm. Other relevant backgrounds will be considered. 
  • The candidate must be self-starting, proactive, self-confident, organized, and a team player who can also work independently and sometimes assertively. The candidate must have a strong customer service orientation, good people skills, and a commitment to excellence.
  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or related fields (or comparable experience) is required.
  • Candidate must have superior professional written, analytical, organizational, and research skills.
  • High level of proficiency in Excel and Word is essential with some experience with general accounting software and database software is a plus.

Technologies/Software

  • MS Office with emphasis on Excel skills

Work Environment

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

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