Ben Steadman is a partner in the Los Angeles and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He represents private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies and corporate borrowers on all types of complex financing transactions.

Ben has substantial experience negotiating asset-based, recurring-revenue, unitranche, first-lien, second-lien and high-yield transactions. His representative clients include BC Partners, Butterfly Equity, KKR, Siris Capital, Stone Point Capital, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Warburg Pincus.

External Recognition

Ben was recognized by Best Lawyers in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

In 2021, The Deal recognized his team’s work on the take-private acquisition of G4S by Allied Universal as the Cross-Border Deal of the Year and his team’s work on the acquisition of the commercial aviation business of Gogo by Intelsat as the Most Innovative Deal of the Year (Middle Market).

In 2020, the International Financial Law Review recognized his team’s work on the take-private acquisition of Inmarsat as the Deal of the Year (Private Equity).



Admissions & Qualifications

  • Not admitted to practice in California
  • 2015, New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2014

    Merit Scholar

    Dean's Award in Financial Information

  • Duke UniversityB.A., Historymagna cum laude, with Distinction2011

    Phi Beta Kappa 

    Phi Alpha Theta

    Dean’s List