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Business Development Assistant (Investment Funds Group)

Job ID: 6158

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Business Development


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis is seeking an enthusiastic, organized assistant to support the marketing and business development efforts of the Firm’s Investment Funds Group as part of the Business Development (BD) team in our New York office.

In this role, you will handle a variety of functions for the Investment Funds Group (IFG), including editing and organizing client presentations and proposals, organizing events, contact relationship management (CRM), branding, business/relationship intelligence, and internal communications.

Kirkland’s IFG is one of the largest dedicated fund formation practices in the world, and has a broad and diverse client base, including many multibillion dollar fund managers as well as middle and lower-middle-market private equity sponsors. As the IFG BD Assistant, you will interface regularly with attorneys who are located across the U.S., Europe and Asia, and who cover several different areas of fund formation and industry/product groups.

You will report to the Investment Funds BD Associate Director in New York and will work closely with 20+ other local team members, and will also communicate and collaborate regularly with a global team of more than 135 diverse problem-solvers and advisers dedicated to the broader BD, marketing and communications efforts of the Firm.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with basic research and data collection for various projects involving projects to understand market position, develop strategic plans and drive marketing efforts to maintain and grow the practice and our industry position.
  • Update data in the Firm’s contact relationship management (CRM) system, including the review and creation of mailing lists, assist with recording activities, including client meetings and current contact information, and assist with other meaningful back end data entry activities in CRM and SharePoint databases.
  • Help with survey responses and award submissions, as needed.
  • Help maintain and update content in our Investment Funds experience database.
  • Provide administrative assistance, including budgeting and expense reporting, as needed, to the Investment Funds BD team.
  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of bespoke marketing collateral and client-facing presentations/pitch materials, panel and client presentations, and participate in activities including proofreading, formatting (candidate must have exceptional PowerPoint skills), editing, printing, binding and delivery.
  • Provide logistical assistance in connection with the origination and execution of new business pitches and related client development meetings and activities, including Zoom and other video/webinar platforms and booking meeting rooms.
  • Assist the Events Manager with event planning, execution of virtual and in-person seminars and receptions, industry conferences and charitable sponsorships, speaking engagements, client entertainment and other events related to the promotion of the Investment Funds Group.
  • Execute on updates to the IFG attorneys’ resume collection for the website and proposals/client presentations, including the facilitation of an annual resume audit.
  • Assist on the compilation and submission of materials and references for the Investment Funds Group in connection with various legal industry guides, e.g., Chambers, Legal 500, PEI, etc.
  • Handle other requests or projects on an as-needed basis.

Other Functions

  • Provide administrative assistance, including budgeting and reporting, as needed to the Investment Funds BD Associate Director, NY Office and BD Department.

Qualifications & Requirements

Strong organization and communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with high-level attorneys, staff and clients of the Firm are a must. You should be able to work independently while making intelligent, informed decisions. We are looking for a true achiever with a drive to succeed. Kirkland demands quality work from every employee (often in high-pressure and deadline-driven scenarios) and a history of taking initiative is essential to success. We take great pride in our work product and constantly strive to deliver quality to the partnership and provide white glove service to Firm clients. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, an outgoing and client-friendly personality and the demeanor to interact in a positive and professional manner with clients and potential clients in a variety of settings. The ability to establish rapport and quickly engender trust and respect with a wide range of individuals (including with attorneys as well as with multi-disciplinary internal colleagues) is especially important.

The model candidate will be self-motivated and a team player, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. They must possess strong project management skills, a very strong attention to detail and a professional demeanor, and have outstanding proofreading and communication (oral and written) skills; the ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment; meticulous attention to detail; sound judgement; a general facility for learning new software; and a professional demeanor. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Familiarity with client presentations/pitch process, a basic understanding of Kirkland’s legal disciplines and/or private equity sector experience would be helpful. The ability to synthesize data, complex financial and legal concepts and accurately capture ideas and themes in a narrative will be particularly helpful. Alternative investment management (i.e., private equity, placement agent) or investment banking experience is preferred. Law firm experience will be considered.


  • MS Office software proficiency, with expertise in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel are required.
  • CRM/Experience Management Software (e.g., InterAction, Salesforce, ContentPilot, etc.) and transaction/private funds platform (e.g., Preqin, PitchBook, Cap IQ) experience is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Chrome River, Microsoft SharePoint, Adobe Photoshop and other programs is a plus.

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.
  • Overtime work will be needed.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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