Nadia Murad is a partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has nearly 20 years of experience representing many of the world’s most well-known private equity sponsors in their fundraises, with aggregate capital raised totaling in the tens of billions of dollars. As an integral part of the Firm’s leading global IFG platform, she has built her career advising private equity clients on a wide variety of fund formation and related matters, including numerous mega-fund formations and fundraises across a broad spectrum of strategies and sponsors including private equity buyout funds, hybrid (PE/hedge) funds, first-time fund products, secondary funds, continuation funds, co-invest vehicles, feeder vehicles and HNW platforms, fund-of-one and single asset vehicles, and alternative investment vehicle structures.

Nadia also advises clients on a range of complex business transactions over the life cycle of a firm, including counseling clients on strategic expansions and new product launches, AUM growth, current and anticipated trends and market developments, establishment of new offices, team expansions and separations, succession planning, and liquidity solutions including structured secondaries and GP-led transactions. Nadia also has been a lead partner representing private equity sponsors on internal firm structuring and economic arrangements, admission and separation agreements, succession planning and founder-related investments.

Nadia regularly guides clients through a wide range of operational and commercial issues, helping them navigate regulatory and compliance matters, placement agent agreements, conflicts, allocations, cross-fund transactions, investor relations matters, ESG, limited partner transfers and confidentiality considerations.

With a passion for the private equity asset class, Nadia has an unwavering commitment to providing clients with best-in-class service, commercial advice, innovative solutions, and strategic support at every stage of their firm’s lifecycle.

Representative Clients

3G Capital, Inc., Arctos Partners, Ares Management, Centerview Partners, Clearlake Capital Group, Crestview Partners, Golden Gate Capital, GTCR, ICONIQ Capital, Irving Place Capital, Northern Trust, Patria Finance Limited, Warburg Pincus, Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, Wynnchurch Capital, York Capital Management


Thought Leadership


Contributor, "ILPA ESG Resources: Iterative Roadmap Can Help LPs in Early Integration Stages (Part Two of Two)," Private Equity Law Report, October 2021

Contributor, "ILPA ESG Resources: Assessment Framework Utility Depends on Stage of LPs’ and GPs’ ESG Programs (Part One of Two)," Private Equity Law Report, October 2021 

Contributor, “From Nice to have to Mainstream: ESG in Private Equity,” Financier Worldwide, February 2021

Author, “Expected ESG and Climate Regulation Impacting Private Equity Under the Biden Administration,” Kirkland Alert, February 2021

Author, "U.S. Regulators Increase Focus on ESG as Investor Demand Grows," Kirkland Alert, July 2020

Author, “U.S. Regulators Increase Focus on ESG as Investor Demand Grows: What Private Equity Firms Need to Know,” KirklandPEN, July 2020

Author, “Family Offices: Cybersecurity Threats and Best Practices,” Kirkland Private Investment & Family Office Insights, May 2020 

Contributor, "Kirkland Guides York Capital To $800 Million Middle-Market PE Fund," Law360, April 2020

Contributor, "In Brief: Clearlake Doubles Latest Flagship Fund," The Deal, April 2020

Author, "Family Offices: Structuring for Investment Adviser Compliance," Kirkland Private Investment & Family Office Insights, December 2018

Contributor, “PE's Emerging Markets Push Presents Opportunity for Attys,” Law360, June 2018

Contributor, “PE Firms Intensify Focus on Responsible Investments,” Law360, December 2016


Moderator, “First Time Funds: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Successful Launches,” The Wharton School PEVC Conference, March 2023

Presenter, “WeChat, TikTok & Messaging Applications: U.S. Regulatory Implications for Private Fund Sponsors Webinar,” Kirkland Seminar, September 2020

Moderator, “Keynote Interview: Making An Impact,” Women’s Alternative Investment Summit, November 2019

Panelist, “The Matrix Revolution: Operating Funds in the Cyber World,” Maples and Calder, Maples FS, Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2018

Presenter, “Investment Funds — Long-Date Funds and Permanent Capital Vehicles,” Harvard Management Co. Endowment and Foundation Conference, October 2017

Panelist, “The Future State of the Funds Industry,” Maples and Calder, Maples FS, 7th Maples Investment Funds Forum, February 2016

Panelist, “Private Equity Funds: Overview of Recent Trends In Market Terms & Structures,” 21st Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, March 6, 2015

Panelist, “‘Associates’ under the new HSR Rules,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law, March 22, 2013

Memberships & Affiliations

Women's Board Member, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2005Illinois
  • 2018New York


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2005

    Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

    Studied at Oxford University, University College, Oxford, England, 2003

  • Northwestern UniversityB.A., Economicsmagna cum laude2002

    Phi Beta Kappa