Karen G. Sodke is a partner in the investment funds group with significant experience in a wide variety of private investment fund matters. For over 15 years, Karen has focused her practice exclusively on forming and structuring private investment funds, their general partners and management companies and related advice, including representing sponsors on secondary sale transactions, continuation vehicle matters, succession planning, and other fund related advice. She has represented sponsors on a variety of fund products including buyout funds, debt funds, venture funds, fund-of-funds, royalty funds and other vehicles, including separate accounts and funds of one. She also serves as counsel for fund-of-funds when they invest in other third party private funds.

Before focusing on investment funds, Karen had a general corporate practice, working with private equity firms and public companies on M&A transactions, restructurings, and financing transactions.

Karen co-authored “The Offering Memorandum,” together with Bruce Ettelson and Mark Mifsud, which was published in The Definitive Guide to Private Equity Fundraising, a Private Equity International publication (May 2009).

Representative Clients

Accel-KKR, Alvarez & Marsal, Courage Capital, Flexpoint Partners, Ford Financial, Invesco Private Capital, Shamrock Capital Advisors, SFW Capital Partners, Twin Bridge Partners, Vedanta Partners, and Vine Investment Advisors.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Legal Workshop: A Review of Terms and Regulatory Environment,” Invesco Private Capital’s Tools For Success program, June 2015


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1998
    Business Editor, Northwestern University Journal of International Law & Business, 1997–1998
  • Northwestern UniversityB.S.1991