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Erica Berthou

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Erica Berthou is a senior partner in Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group. Erica has counseled investment fund sponsors worldwide on hundreds of billions of dollars of private fund formations across a variety of strategies. In addition to U.S.- and European-focused funds, she has significant experience with emerging markets fund formation and establishing offices and other firm infrastructure in such markets. Erica regularly gives strategic advice to senior management of private equity firms. Representative clients include Antin Infrastructure, Blackstone, Carlyle, EQT, FFL Partners, Glendon Capital, GSO Capital and Oaktree.


Previously at Debevoise & Plimpton.


Private Investment Funds Forum
Board of Directors, USA Cycling Foundation


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

United States: Investment fund formation and management

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Within: Leading lawyers

Erica Berthou - 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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