Sean Lacey > Kirkland & Ellis International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

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Sean is a partner in the restructuring group based in our London office. Sean represents investment funds, financial sponsors, financial institutions and corporate borrowers in connection with transactions across the credit spectrum, in particular, cross-border and domestic financial restructurings, special situations investments, credit-led opportunities, event-driven financings, and specialized lending transactions.


2017 to present Kirkland & Ellis International LLP; 2003 – 2017 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Lehman Brothers 2007-2008


Spanish, Portuguese


University of Oxford (Modern History and Languages 1998)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

(Leading individuals)

Sean LaceyKirkland & Ellis International LLP

The gold standard for corporate restructuring and insolvency’, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP provides ‘commercial and cutting-edge thinking’ to deliver optimal results for clients, whether it be for funds as creditors/investors or on the debtor front. This innovative mindset is demonstrated both in terms of complex financial restructuring mandates –  where clients benefit from a tremendous knowledge of a variety of financial products, including New York law governed high yield debt – as well as the use of insolvency tools including Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) and the newly configured Restructuring Plan. ‘A master tactician, who is laser focused on delivering results’, Kon Asimacopoulos ‘leads from the front’ and sets the tone for the team, given his insatiable appetite for work and relevance in the market. The ‘technically excellent’ Elaine Nolan is one of many in the team with ‘deep experience of CVAs’, which she implements to good effect for clients in the retail sector. A ‘superbly commercial lawyer’, Sean Lacey is adept at handling mandates for investment funds, financial sponsors and corporates throughout the capital structure, in the context of restructurings, special situations investing, credit-led opportunities and specialised lending transactions. Partha Kar co-heads the team alongside Asimacopoulos and is recognised as a ‘standout lawyer in the distressed space’.