Stephen L Ritchie is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. His practice is concentrated in the areas of complex business transactions, with a particular focus on structuring, negotiating and managing the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalisations, venture capital and growth equity investments, restructurings and workouts. He has also served as lead counsel in the representation of numerous portfolio companies of private equity funds.

Praised by clients for achieving ‘remarkable results on divestitures’ and by peers as ‘one of those great lawyers who is easy to work with’, Mr Ritchie has been recognised by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in corporate/M&A/private equity every year from 2006–2015. He was also named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Chicago Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law ‘Lawyer of the Year’. He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year from 2007–2016 and as one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers every year from 2005–2006, 2008-2016. He has been recognised by The Legal 500 US from 2012 - 2015 for his work in private equity buyouts.

Mr Ritchie has handled many private equity, LBO, venture capital and M&A transactions for GTCR, CHS Capital, Chicago Growth Partners, Evergreen Pacific Partners, William Blair Capital Partners, Wind Point Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures, Ontario Teachers’ Pention Plan Board, Solera Holdings, Inc (NYSE: SLH) and others.

He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching ‘Private Equity Transactions: Issues and Documentation’ (2011–present), and is a member of the American Bar Association.