Fatema Orjela

Partner, Sidley Austin


Fatema is a private equity partner at Sidley Austin LLP (having made partner at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP) and is qualified as an English law a solicitor. 

Fatema’s practice places emphasis on providing strategic counsel to European and U.S. private equity sponsors. Fatema has experience on the full range of corporate law matters, including private equity deals, leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers, acquisitions and divestures, joint ventures, equity growth investments, equity and debt restructurings, and management equity plans, as well as related advisory work.

Fatema is also distinguished by her work in promoting diversity in the legal profession. Fatema has been actively involved in initiatives across the City, including her roles as co-founder of “Women in Law, London (WILL)” a network with over 2,500 members across London aiming to promote and engage the next generation of women leaders in law, an Events Strategy Committee member of the “City Women’s Network (CWN)” and advisory panel member of “Oxford Women in Law (OWL)”.