Ms Katie St. Peters > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Katie St. Peters is a partner in the Investment Funds Group, where her practice focuses on structuring and forming investment funds ranging from first-time funds to funds of over $5 billion. She represents leading fund sponsors across a wide variety of strategies, including leveraged buyout funds, distressed funds, energy funds, debt and credit funds, hedge funds, “hybrid” funds, and other private investment vehicles. In addition to fund formation matters, Katie counsels fund sponsors on various operational and firm management issues, including governance matters, compensation and succession planning arrangements, separation arrangements, regulatory compliance, and other investment management matters. She also advises fund managers on fund-related aspects of M&A transactions, including deal-structuring, co-investment arrangements and alternative investment structures.


Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2010, Grace Wilson Sims Medal in Transnational Law, Executive Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., International Politics, 2006 cum laude.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Katie St. PetersKirkland & 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.