The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work +1 212 446 4800
Fax +1 212 446 4900

Nicholas Schwartz

Work +1 212-446-4675
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department



Nicholas Schwartz is a corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses primarily on debt financing. Nicholas has experience in complex financings representing borrowers and lenders in both the acquisition and non-acquisition contexts.


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2008 magna cum laude, Board of Student Advisors; Dartmouth College, B.A., Government, 2005 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Rufus Choate Scholar.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Next generation lawyers

Nicholas Schwartz - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Commercial lending

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is arguably the market’s undisputed heavyweight when it comes to sponsor-led financings. This was demonstrated in the first three quarters of 2017, where the firm outstripped the other borrower-led firms in terms of numbers and value, with 177 deals worth a combined $129bn. The firm’s relationship with major private equity houses such as Bain Capital ensures a good source of work, such as the financing of Bain’s $3.2bn carve-out acquisition from Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division. The firm is also doing an increasing amount of work for Texas Pacific Group and Carlyle, the latter of which it advised on the $1.4bn financing for NEP Group’s take-private acquisition of Avesco Group. Another key client is the Blackstone Group, which the firm advised on the multi-billion dollar financing for its $6.1bn acquisition of TeamHealth Holdings. The firm also stands out for its expertise in areas like restructuring and refinancing, where it advised Toys ‘R’ Us on its $3.1bn DIP financing. Linda Myers heads the team from Chicago, which includes the highly rated Michelle Kilkenney, Maureen Dixon, Jay Ptashek, and Nicholas Schwartz, as well as David Nemecek in Los Angeles. The firm also opened an office in Boston through the recruitment of Jason Serlenga from Ropes & Gray LLP.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to