Christine Okike > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
601 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

Career

Christine A. Okike is a Restructuring Partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, sponsors, investors, sellers, and purchasers in all stages of complex restructuring transactions, including prepackaged, prearranged and traditional Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, distressed acquisitions and cross-border proceedings. Christine has a broad range of experience across a number of industries, including automotive, sports, entertainment, retail, energy, real estate, financial services, technology, transportation, travel, health care, media and telecommunications.

Christine serves as co-chair of Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the New York Office Recruiting Committee.

Christine represents a number of nonprofit organizations and individuals on a pro bono basis and sits on the board of directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York, the junior advisory board of Her Justice and the advisory board of Legal Outreach.

 

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a global practice with offices extending across the US, the UK, Europe, and Asia. Its sizeable team has strong expertise in complex domestic and cross-border restructurings, where it utilizes its cross-practice abilities to advise an array of clients. Notable work highlights includes its representation of Intelsat S.A., the largest satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure body on the globe, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pertaining to $14.7bn of funded debt. Anup Sathy, based in Chicago, is noted for his representation of companies, buyers, investors and lenders. The practice is led by Edward Sassower; he has long-standing experience representing debtors, creditors and distressed investors within both bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. He operates from the New York office. Splitting his time between both New York and Chicago, James Sprayregen is noted for his expertise in workouts, restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The practice also welcomed the arrival of Christine Okike from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in April 2021 to the New York office. She assisted the representation of Katerra Inc., alongside New York’s Joshua Sussberg, in its Chapter 11 cases before the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas pertaining to $1bn of debt. Jonathan Henes left the firm in July 2021. Both Marc Kieselstein and James Stempel have retired.