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Stephen Oetgen serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco. Formerly, he was one of the founding partners of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's San Francisco office. When that office first opened in January 2003, Mr. Oetgen relocated from Kirkland & Ellis's Chicago office, where he began his career in 1994 and became partner in 2000. Mr. Oetgen has served as lead counsel in numerous private equity transactions, including going-private transactions, leveraged and management buyouts, venture capital investments, divestitures, other mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, and various senior and mezzanine debt financings.
Mr. Oetgen received his B.S. from University of Illinois and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.