KKR taps Sudol as general counsel

Sudol succeeds David Sorkin who will become chief legal officer.

  • Sudol and Sorkin’s appointments become effective September 6, 2022
  • Prior to joining KKR Sudol was global M&A co-head at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • At the end of the first quarter of 2023, Sudol will become KKR’s chief legal officer while Sorkin becomes an advisory partner

KKR has named Kathryn King Sudol as general counsel. She will succeed David Sorkin who has served as general counsel since 2007 and will become chief legal officer of KKR. Both appointments are effective September 6, 2022. 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 of KKR.

Ms. Sudol joins from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she is currently global co-head of mergers and acquisitions. During her 24-year career at STB, Sudol held numerous leadership roles, including as a longtime member of the firm’s executive committee and as head of the firm’s M&A practice in Asia from 2010 through 2018.

Commenting on the appointment, Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall, co-CEOs of KKR, said in a statement: “Katie has worked very closely with KKR and members of our senior team both in the U.S. and internationally for many, many years. She is a preeminent lawyer and a dynamic leader who is a perfect fit with KKR’s culture. We are delighted that she has decided to join KKR, and we are excited to work with her as a strategic partner for years to come in achieving our growth objectives.”

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management as well as capital markets and insurance solutions.