Stephen is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and a member of the global firm management committee. He has worked in the debt markets for over 25 years, advising on leveraged and other structured finance including recaps, bank/bond financings, distressed financings, margin loans, ABLs and other asset-backed financings.

Stephen has acted on deals involving many of the major private equity sponsors active in Europe including Advent International, Apax, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Cinven, CVC, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, Lion Capital, Pamplona, Partners Group and Permira as well as credit funds including Ares Capital, Bain Capital Credit, Centerbridge, Goldentree, KKR Credit, Oaktree Capital and Park Square.

Stephen has been recognised:

  • as the number one finance lawyer in The Chambers 100 List of UK Best Business Lawyers, where sources described him as “the adviser you want to have in your most complex and challenging deals”

  • in Who’s Who Legal UK Banking 2018 for leading banking partners; and listed as one of the “Thought Leaders” for banking in EMEA

  • as being a “star player” in the London Legal market by The Times

  • in Tier 1 as a “Leading Lawyer” for Banking & Finance in London in Chambers UK and Chambers Global 2013–2020

  • as a “Leading Lawyer” for Banking, Financial Restructuring in UK IFLR1000

  • in The Lawyer “Hot 100” 2020, which celebrates the United Kingdom’s top lawyers acting on the most significant matters with creative flair



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • University of LondonPh.D., Corporate Law2002
  • College of Law, LondonLPCDistinction1994
  • Harvard Law SchoolLL.M.Fulbright Scholar1992
  • University of LondonLL.M.Distinction1991
    Top of the Year
  • University College LondonLL.B.First Class1990