Stephanie Berdik is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in the Boston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Stephanie’s practice focuses on advising U.S. and non-U.S. private investment fund sponsors on all aspects of their business, including establishment of private investment funds, portfolio investment activities, capital raising, fund regulatory and compliance matters and firm ownership and operational issues.

She has worked with a variety of private fund sponsors, including large, diversified asset managers as well as emerging managers, in connection with the formation and ongoing management of buyout, direct lending, liquid credit, special situations, distressed and venture funds. Stephanie also has extensive experience advising sponsors on establishing managed accounts and single investor funds involving a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. institutional investors. 

Stephanie’s experience also includes representing institutional investors in their investments in U.S. and non-U.S. private investment funds, co-investment funds and managed accounts across a range of asset classes. 

Prior to joining Kirkland, Stephanie was a partner in the Private Investment Funds Group of Proskauer Rose LLP. She was previously a Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Global Advisors where she was responsible for providing legal advice regarding US institutional investment management services and products with a focus on product structuring and disclosure issues concerning commingled investment pools, managed accounts and private investment funds.


Thought Leadership


Structuring and Negotiating Separately Managed Accounts, by Stephanie Berdik and Edward Lee, a chapter in the book, The LPA Anatomised 2nd Edition, published by PEI (Private Equity International), 2018.


Speaker, Key Trends Relating to Direct Lending Funds, IBA/ABA 19th Annual Conference on Private Investment Funds, March 2018

Panelist, Cracking the Credit Code: Trends in Private Debt, 24th Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity Conference, New York, February 23, 2018

Speaker, 9th Maples Investment Funds Forum, Grand Cayman, February 9th, 2018

Preqin LP Private Credit Workshop, December 5th, 2017

Fundraising in ’17: The Terms Driving the LP-GP Dialogue, Women’s Private Equity Summit, 2017 

LPA Trends, EMPEA Latin America Council Meeting, September 2015


Private Debt Investor (PDI): “Rising Stars” 2019 

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: “Rising Stars” 2007, 2009


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Massachusetts


  • Boston College Law SchoolJ.D.2004
  • Bucknell UniversityB.S.B.A.magna cum laude2001