Press Release

Kirkland Adds Investment Funds Lawyers Sean Hill and Stephanie Berdik to New Boston Office

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Sean Hill and Stephanie Berdik have joined the Firm’s Boston office, which opened earlier this month, as partners in the Investment Funds Group.

“Sean and Stephanie are talented lawyers with a broad range of experience and stellar reputations in the investment funds world. They will be strong additions to our premier, global investment funds group, as well as our new Boston office,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

Mr. Hill represents investment managers in all aspects of their business and operations, with a particular emphasis on formation of private investment funds, and in structuring and execution of secondary transactions. He has experience advising managers across the spectrum, from emerging managers to established, multi-strategy firms managing more than $100 billion in assets. Mr. Hill has been recognized as a leading attorney for fund formation by industry publications including Chambers USA, which noted that he is “very pragmatic, responsive and very attuned to his clients’ particular needs,” The Legal 500 U.S. and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars. Mr. Hill was previously co-head of the Private Investment Funds Group at Proskauer Rose LLP. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S. from Rutgers

Ms. Berdik advises private investment fund sponsors on all aspects of the structuring and establishment of private investment funds and portfolio investment activities, including capital raising, fund regulatory and compliance matters, and firm ownership and operational issues. She also has extensive experience advising sponsors on managed accounts and single investor funds involving a variety of U.S. and non-U.S. institutional investors. Ms. Berdik was previously a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.S.B.A. from Bucknell University, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars.

“We are excited to welcome Sean and Stephanie as the first investment funds lawyers in our new Boston office. Their experience is perfectly aligned for our global investment funds platform, which now includes more than 230 dedicated attorneys focused on providing sophisticated fund sponsor clients with full coverage throughout the lifecycle of a fund,” said John O’Neil, global head of Kirkland’s Investment Funds Group.

Kirkland is a global leader in providing sophisticated advice to investment fund sponsors, institutional investors and other market participants in the alternative investment fund space. Kirkland offers clients the unsurpassed resources of a large, integrated, multidisciplinary, global team located across offices in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. With more than 230 dedicated Investment Funds attorneys, including 70 partners, few firms approach the breadth, depth and scope of Kirkland’s experience in investment funds legal services.

About Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis is a 1,900-attorney law firm representing global clients in investment funds, private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property matters. The Firm has 13 offices around the world: Boston, Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.