Erica is a force of nature. In baseball they talk about the five-tool athlete and she’s the five-tool athlete — all the skills in abundance that it takes to be a leading private equity fund formation lawyer. - Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds
Erica Berthou is a senior partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has counseled U.S. and international investment fund sponsors on hundreds of billions of dollars of private fund formations across a wide variety of strategies. In addition to U.S.- and European-focused funds, Erica has significant experience with emerging markets fund formation, covering all major emerging markets, and the establishment of offices and other firm infrastructure in such markets. Erica has advised both sponsors and institutional buyers in connection with strategic investments in private investment firms and on structuring aspects in preparation of liquidity events for a firm’s owners.
Erica is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the field of private investment fund formation. She was selected as a “2018 Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal as part of their Professional Excellence Awards—Erica was the only fund formation attorney to be so recognized. In 2017, Erica was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for her role in advising GSO Capital Partners, the credit division of Blackstone, in connection with the formation of its third mezzanine fund, one of the world’s largest funds of its type. In Chambers USA (2018), one source described her as “very smart, hard-working, very commercial and willing to go the extra mile for client service,” and in Chambers USA (2017), a client remarked “I’m told she has other clients, but I find it hard to believe because she’s so dedicated to us! It’s like we’re her only client.” In addition, Erica is recognized as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2018), which describes her as a “true star,” was named a “2016 MVP” in asset management by Law360 and is featured in IFLR1000’s inaugural issue of IFLR1000 Women Leaders, a directory of the 300 most highly-regarded female attorneys in financial law.
Select Representative Clients
Alecta, Antin Infrastructure Partners, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, The Carlyle Group, EQT Partners, FFL Partners, Glendon Capital, GSO Capital Partners, I Squared Capital, KPS Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, OEP Capital Advisors, Solace Capital Partners, Triton Investments, Whitebox Advisors
“Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal (2018)
IFLR1000 Women Leaders (2018)
“Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer (2017)
Chambers USA, Band 1 (2009–2019): “very smart, hard-working, very commercial and willing to go the extra mile for client service”; “I’m told she has other clients, but I find it hard to believe because she’s so dedicated to us! It’s like we are her only client”
Chambers Global (2011–2019)
The Legal 500 US (2009–2018): “true star”
“MVP” in asset management by Law360 (2016)
“Foreign Expert” for fund formation in Latin America by Chambers Global (2015)
“Best in Investment Funds” by Euromoney as part of its Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2015)
Recognized in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” issue (2014)
“Rising Star” in private equity by Law360 (2014)
Crain’s “40 Under 40” (2012)
Investment Dealers’ Digest’s “40 Under 40” (2012)
“Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal (2013)
“Rising Star” at Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards (2013)
Financial Times’ “US Innovative Lawyers” (2011)
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Private Investment Funds Forum
Board of Directors, USA Cycling Foundation
Admissions & Qualifications
- New York
- New York University School of LawLL.M.
- King's College London
- Stockholm UniversityM.Sc.
- Uppsala University Faculty of LawLL.M.