Susan Burkhardt is a Private Funds partner in the New York office of Clifford Chance, where her practice focuses on the formation of, and ongoing advice to, private investment funds, accounts and structures across strategies, with a primary focus on credit and private equity. Prior to joining Clifford Chance as a partner in 2021, Susan worked as the Managing Director, Client & Product Solutions Group and Head of New Product Structuring at Apollo Global Management. Before joining Apollo she spent six years of her career at The Blackstone Group, where she was a Managing Director and the Chief Compliance Officer of Blackstone Credit (formerly known as GSO Capital Partners), focusing primarily on the formation of private investment funds, including both open and closed end fund vehicles.

Over the course of her career Susan has advised on the legal and commercial aspects of new fund product launches, including funds-of-one, separately managed accounts, flagship and overflow accounts, and customized and strategic multi-strategy arrangements, including developing of terms, addressing marketability considerations, conducting cost-benefit analyses, and managing structuring issues, product documentation, and negotiations with leading institutional investors across the globe.