Ms Erica Berthou > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Erica Berthou is a senior partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group. Erica has counseled investment fund sponsors on hundreds of billions of dollars of private fund formations, separately managed accounts and joint ventures across a variety of strategies, including credit, debt, energy, infrastructure and real estate, worldwide. Erica has advised both sponsors and institutional buyers in connection with strategic investments in private investment firms. Erica regularly gives strategic advice to senior management of private equity firms on matters of strategic firm importance, including internal restructurings and succession planning arrangements. Representative clients include Antin, Astorg, Blackstone, Bridgepoint, Carlyle, EQT, FFL, Glendon, GreyLion Capital, Hunter Point Capital, I Squared, KPS, Oaktree and TPG.


Private Investment Funds Forum

Board of Directors, USA Cycling Foundation

Board of Directors, One to World


New York University School of Law, LL.M., Graduate Merit Scholar; Stockholm University, M.Sc.; Uppsala University School of Law, LL.M.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

(Hall of Fame)

Erica BerthouKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is ‘well recognized as one of the leading law firms in this area’; a national offering comprising more than 520 specialized attorneys ‘consistently provides outstanding work and advice, even under very challenging or urgent circumstances’. Given the department’s historical role in ‘developing many of the legal principles and precedents that enabled the private funds sector to grow to its present size’, there is ‘rarely an issue that the practitioners have not seen and successfully navigated’. The group is instructed by a roster of more than 700 private equity sponsor clients, all of whom benefit from its ‘unequalled experience with fund formation, structuring, taxation and operations’. The New York office is a key base, fielding not only practice head John O’Neil but also a plethora of recommended senior attorneys, including Erica Berthou, Andrew Wright, Nicole Washington and Katrina Rowe. 2021 has also seen significant expansion at this location: Matthew Block from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Mark Boyagi from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and Brad Friedman from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP are just some of the notable recent arrivals. In addition, a new acquisition has cemented the team’s presence in Boston, where Luzia Vaczy, formerly of Proskauer Rose LLP, is now based. Over in Chicago, Bruce Ettelson and Katie St. Peters remain the core contacts.