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Katie St. Peters

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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.

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Next generation lawyers

Katie St. Peters - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Private equity funds (including venture capital)

According to one source, Kirkland & Ellis LLP¬†is 'hands-down, the industry leader with respect to representing the managers of private equity funds'. The team has¬†'a¬†deep bench' with 'unrivaled market knowledge' which provides 'high quality client service'. In the New York office, practice head¬†John O'Neil¬†and¬†Daniel Lavon-Krein¬†advised Sycamore Partners on forming Sycamore Partners III, which held its final closing in June 2018 after raising $4.8bn.¬†In another matter,¬†the 'tenacious and disarming' Erica Berthou¬†advised GSO Capital Partners, a new client for the firm, on the final closing of the multibillion-dollar credit GSO Credit Alpha Fund II. Another fundraising mandate handled in New York was Andrew Wright¬†and Robert Blaustein's advice to Warburg Pincus on forming its first companion fund in the financial industry.¬†Other New York-based contacts include¬†John Budetti, Jordan Murray¬†and Katrina Rowe.¬†In Chicago, names to note include John Muno, who garners praise for his 'incredible market knowledge, combining practical business advice with the right mix of thoughtful strategy and perfect attention to detail';¬†Sarah Kirson¬†and ‚Äėtough negotiator‚Äô Katie St. Peters¬†are also recommended.¬†Stephanie Berdik¬†and Sean Hill¬†are key contacts¬†in Boston.¬†Ken Muller¬†joined the San Francisco office from¬†Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†in May 2018.

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