Nikhil Kumar advises private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and other private and public companies around the world on a broad range of executive compensation, employee benefits, and equity compensation matters.

Mr. Kumar draws on extensive transactional experience and an academic background in industrial and labor relations to help clients navigate:

  • Employment, severance, and consulting agreements
  • Equity- and cash-based compensation programs, including stock-option programs and profits-interest programs
  • Employee-related aspects of merger, purchase, and other transaction agreements
  • Due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions
  • Non-competition, retention, and deferred compensation arrangements
  • Compensation disclosure (including CD&A) requirements

He partners with clients to devise creative solutions to achieve their business objectives and avoid potential transactional risks before they materialize.

Mr. Kumar served on the firm’s Associates Committee and Mentoring Committee.

Mr. Kumar’s experience includes representing:

Private Equity

  • The Carlyle Group in:
    • Its acquisition and sale of Novetta Solutions
    • Its minority investment in Ion Investment Group
    • Its sale of Supreme Holdings, a streetwear apparel company
    • Its strategic investment in Nordam, an aerospace manufacturing and repair company
    • Carlyle affiliate Dynasty Acquisition’s acquisition of StandardAero, an aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul provider
    • Its sale of Sequa to Veritas Capital
    • Its acquisition, along with Stellex Capital Management, of Vigor Industrial, an infrastructure, defense, and maritime services company
    • Its sale of Unison Software, a company that provides enterprise software and services to automate mandated business rules for public-sector contracts and grants
  • CNSI, a Carlyle portfolio company, on acquiring Kepro, a provider of technology-enabled care management, quality oversight, and clinical assessment services
  • The Carlyle Group and GIC Private Limited in the acquisition of Akzo Nobel’s specialty chemicals business
  • Sequa in its US$1.28 billion sale of its Precoat Metals business division to AZZ
  • Sundyne in its sale by The Carlyle Group and BC Partners to Warburg Pincus
  • Energy Capital Partners in its:
    • US$400 million acquisition of CenterPoint Energy Services (now known as Symmetry Energy Solutions)
    • Sale of EnergySolutions to TriArtisan
    • Acquisition of Pivot Energy
    • Acquisition of Restaurant Technologies
    • Sale of a 40% stake in Terra-Gen Power Holdings to First Sentier Investors
  • Nouryon Chemicals in the sale of its Redispersible Polymer Powders Business to Celanese
  • Onex in numerous acquisitions, including of:
    • Fidelity Building Services Group
    • Save-A-Lot
    • SMG Holdings
  • Platinum Equity in its:
    • Acquisition of Ball Metalpack
    • Acquisition of Husky Injection Molding
    • Sale of Multi-Color Corporation
  • BC Partners in its acquisition of Zest Anchors (dba Zest Dental Solutions)

Public and Private Companies

  • Actifio in its acquisition by Google
  • Akebia Therapeutics in its merger with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals
  • Atotech in its US$5.1 billion sale to MKS Instruments
  • Centennial Resource Development in its block trade of 25 million shares of Class A common stock
  • CoStar Group in its acquisitions of and Homesnap
  • Drift in its strategic partnership with Vista Equity Partners
  • Momenta in its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson
  • Teladoc in its acquisition of Best Doctors
  • VillageMD in its US$8.9 billion acquisition of Summit Health-CityMD

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2014
    Order of the Coif
  • BS, Cornell University, 2010