KKR Brings Sudol Aboard as General Counsel

By David G. Barry

Kathryn King Sudol is leaving her role as global co-head of mergers and acquisitions at law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP to become general counsel of investment firm KKR.

Sudol, who has been with Simpson Thacher for 24 years, will succeed David Sorkin, who has served as KKR’s general counsel since 2007. When Sudol arrives in September, Sorkin will become KKR’s chief legal officer. At the end of the first quarter of 2023, Sudol will assume the role of chief legal officer and Sorkin will become an advisory partner.

In a prepared statement, KKR’s co-CEOs, Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall, called Sudol a “preeminent lawyer and dynamic leader,” who has worked very closely with KKR and members of its senior team for several years and is “perfect fit for KKR’s culture.”