DREW L. BERES
Partner


Drew is a co-founder of CROKE FAIRCHILD DUARTE & BERES and serves as the Managing Partner. A corporate attorney, Drew has successfully guided investment funds, financial institutions, government agencies, highly regulated companies, family offices, emerging and growth companies, and Fortune 100 companies through some of their most challenging issues and compelling opportunities. Prior to co-founding the Firm, Drew was a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Drew has advised on a variety of matters spanning both the private and public sectors. Drew’s corporate practice focuses primarily on investment fund formation, the structure and operation of investment funds and their related management companies and general corporate and regulatory matters including ongoing strategic counsel and guidance to a variety of clients.

In the private investment fund space, Drew has advised on the formation of private equity, venture capital, real estate, and special situations funds ranging in size from $25 million to over $2 billion. Drew is experienced in the full lifecycle of private investment funds including fund formation, upper-tier structuring, carry arrangements, secondary transactions, and exits. Drew also represents limited partners in private fund investments, benefitting from a deep knowledge of market terms and trends.

Prior to Kirkland, Drew served as the General Counsel and Deputy Chief Operating Officer to City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt A. Summers, Jr. As General Counsel, Drew oversaw all compliance with federal, state and local laws relating to the investment and management of the City’s $6+ billion portfolio, government ethics, procurement and the Office’s work with the City’s five pension funds. Drew also directed the Office’s legislative activities with the Chicago City Council and the Illinois General Assembly.

Prior to law school, Drew served as the Special Assistant to Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Ron Huberman and as a Mayoral Fellow in the Office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. In July 2020, Drew was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker as a Board Member of the Illinois Finance Authority and was confirmed by the Illinois Senate. The Governor re-appointed Drew for another term in September 2022.

Drew has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. His civic engagement includes serving on the Board of the Chicago Children’s Museum and on the steering committee of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Commemoration.

Drew serves on the Management Committee. He is also a member of the Office of General Counsel.

Direct: 312-259-0898

Office: 312-768-4702

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, M.P.P.
    McCormick-Tribune Leadership Fellow
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois

DREW L. BERES
Partner


Direct: 312-259-0898

Office: 312-768-4702

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude
    Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review
  • University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, M.P.P.
    McCormick-Tribune Leadership Fellow
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois

Drew is a co-founder of CROKE FAIRCHILD DUARTE & BERES and serves as the Managing Partner. A corporate attorney, Drew has successfully guided investment funds, financial institutions, government agencies, highly regulated companies, family offices, emerging and growth companies, and Fortune 100 companies through some of their most challenging issues and compelling opportunities. Prior to co-founding the Firm, Drew was a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Drew has advised on a variety of matters spanning both the private and public sectors. Drew’s corporate practice focuses primarily on investment fund formation, the structure and operation of investment funds and their related management companies and general corporate and regulatory matters including ongoing strategic counsel and guidance to a variety of clients.

In the private investment fund space, Drew has advised on the formation of private equity, venture capital, real estate, and special situations funds ranging in size from $25 million to over $2 billion. Drew is experienced in the full lifecycle of private investment funds including fund formation, upper-tier structuring, carry arrangements, secondary transactions, and exits. Drew also represents limited partners in private fund investments, benefitting from a deep knowledge of market terms and trends.

Prior to Kirkland, Drew served as the General Counsel and Deputy Chief Operating Officer to City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt A. Summers, Jr. As General Counsel, Drew oversaw all compliance with federal, state and local laws relating to the investment and management of the City’s $6+ billion portfolio, government ethics, procurement and the Office’s work with the City’s five pension funds. Drew also directed the Office’s legislative activities with the Chicago City Council and the Illinois General Assembly.

Prior to law school, Drew served as the Special Assistant to Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Ron Huberman and as a Mayoral Fellow in the Office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. In July 2020, Drew was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker as a Board Member of the Illinois Finance Authority and was confirmed by the Illinois Senate. The Governor re-appointed Drew for another term in September 2022.

Drew has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. His civic engagement includes serving on the Board of the Chicago Children’s Museum and on the steering committee of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Commemoration.

Drew serves on the Management Committee. He is also a member of the Office of General Counsel.