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Jessica A. O'Connell
 

Jessica A. O'Connell

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Jessica O’Connell is a Partner in the Private Funds Practice and has advised some of the largest and most well-known private fund sponsors, including Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR and BC Partners. She represents private fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of investment vehicles focusing on a broad range of asset classes, including credit, distressed and other debt, real estate, buyout, infrastructure and secondary funds, as well as co-investment funds, separately managed accounts and other similar arrangements. Jessica’s practice also includes advising sponsors in connection with GP “minority stakes” transactions and on internal economic and house/team arrangements, founder succession planning and other strategic initiatives.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone in a number of fundraisings, including the $5.6 billion Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings II, global Blackstone Real Estate funds, Blackstone Capital Partners VIII and various co-investment vehicles, separate accounts and customized arrangements, as well as in connection with its GP “minority stakes” investments
  • BC Partners in the establishment of its “opportunistic” credit platform, including the $1.2 billion Special Opportunities Fund II and a series of SMAs and other alternative investment products
  • KKR in a series of transactions resulting in the creation of a new parent holding company for KKR’s business and the acquisition of KKR Holdings by the new holding company
  • Carlyle in the formation of the $2.2 billion Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund
Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2014 J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011 B.S.
    summa cum laude
Admissions
  • New York 2015

Jessica O’Connell is a Partner in the Private Funds Practice and has advised some of the largest and most well-known private fund sponsors, including Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR and BC Partners. She represents private fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of investment vehicles focusing on a broad range of asset classes, including credit, distressed and other debt, real estate, buyout, infrastructure and secondary funds, as well as co-investment funds, separately managed accounts and other similar arrangements. Jessica’s practice also includes advising sponsors in connection with GP “minority stakes” transactions and on internal economic and house/team arrangements, founder succession planning and other strategic initiatives.

Notable work highlights include representing: 

  • Blackstone in a number of fundraisings, including the $5.6 billion Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings II, global Blackstone Real Estate funds, Blackstone Capital Partners VIII and various co-investment vehicles, separate accounts and customized arrangements, as well as in connection with its GP “minority stakes” investments
  • BC Partners in the establishment of its “opportunistic” credit platform, including the $1.2 billion Special Opportunities Fund II and a series of SMAs and other alternative investment products
  • KKR in a series of transactions resulting in the creation of a new parent holding company for KKR’s business and the acquisition of KKR Holdings by the new holding company
  • Carlyle in the formation of the $2.2 billion Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund
  • CrossHarbor Capital Partners in its sale of a minority interest to Dyal Capital Partners
  • Leadership transitions and succession planning arrangements for founders and senior partners of numerous "blue chip" alternative investment firms

Jessica received her J.D. in 2014 from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.S. in Business Administration in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, summa cum laude. She is admitted to practice in New York.

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