Laura Stake is a partner in the Investment Funds Practice Group in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Laura represents sponsors in connection with the formation of private investment funds within a broad range of strategies and industries, including energy, infrastructure, real estate, technology, ESG & impact, growth, and traditional buyout. Laura has handled fund formation matters ranging from first-time funds to funds raising over $15 billion. Laura’s practice also focuses on advising fund sponsors on a wide variety of related matters, including seed/minority investments, spin-outs, internal restructuring and governance, personnel matters, extraordinary events and regulatory compliance.


Thought Leadership


Don’t Look a Gift Tax Exclusion in the Mouth: Why Striving for Present Control Resulted in a “Future Interest” in Fisher v. United States; The Tax Lawyer, Vol. 64 (2012).

Memberships & Affiliations

Women’s Energy Network


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020Texas
  • 2012Illinois


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.2012
    Executive Notes Editor, The Tax Lawyer
  • Georgetown University Law CenterLL.M., Taxation2013
    Certificate in International Taxation
  • Miami UniversityB.A., Mass Communicationscum laude2006