Stephen is a finance partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP and a member of the Firm’s Executive 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:

  • by Private Equity News as one of the “Top 20 Most Influential Private Equity Lawyers” (2023)

  • by Financial News and Private Equity News as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers” in Europe (2022) 

  • 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”

  • as a “Global Leader” for Banking - Finance in Who’s Who Legal (2022)

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

  • in Tier 1 and as a “Leading Lawyer” for Banking & Finance in London in Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global (2013–2023)

  • as a “Market Leader” for Banking, Financial Restructuring in IFLR1000 UK (2022)

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

  • as a “Leading Individual” in The Legal 500 UK (2022)



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