Nadia Murad is a partner in the Investment Funds Group and a leader of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group with over 15 years of experience representing some of the world’s most well-established private equity firms. Nadia has been one of the primary attorneys on numerous fund formation matters across a variety of fund strategies, with aggregate capital raised totaling in the tens of billions of dollars, advising clients on the formation, structuring and management of premier private equity funds, hybrid (private equity/hedge) funds, fund-of-funds, co-invest funds, alternative investment vehicles, private investment and family office vehicles, and their management companies. She also has been a lead attorney advising clients on acquisition structuring, structured secondaries, spin-outs, and the establishment and restructuring of firm internal arrangements, admission and separation agreements, and succession planning. In addition, Nadia has extensive experience counseling clients on a wide range of ongoing operational issues, in particular those affecting ESG and impact investment funds, as well as on issues including regulatory and compliance, limited partner transfers, confidentiality agreements, cross-fund transactions, conflicts and investor relations matters.

Nadia is a recommended attorney in Investment Funds in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500, which ranked the Investment Funds group as Tier 1 every year since its first edition in 2007.

Representative Clients

Centerview Capital, Clearlake Capital, Crestview Partners, Golden Gate Capital, GTCR, Irving Place Capital, Northern Trust, Warburg Pincus, Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, Wynnchurch Capital, York Capital


Thought Leadership


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

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


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


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