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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Sophia Hudson is a capital markets partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Sophia advises issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings, public and private high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt offerings and private placements of equity and convertible securities for early stage companies. She also counsels her corporate clients, including management teams and boards of directors, on governance, corporate and securities law matters.

Her experience ranges across a variety of industries, including consumer goods, financials, industrials, life sciences, mining, retail, specialty pharmaceuticals and technology. She has represented all the major U.S. investment banks.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review; Princeton University, A.B., History, 2000.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield

Corporate powerhouse Kirkland & Ellis LLP continues to increase its share of high-yield debt transactions. The issuer-focused practice now ranks second in the country by annual deal value for high-yield deals and it attracts many of the headline multibillion-dollar offerings that come to market. The group’s ability to link up with the wider firm’s premier private equity practice is a significant asset in this space, while its broad institutional client base ensures it is experienced across a comprehensive range of industry sectors. New York-based Joshua Korff is widely acknowledged as a leading light and primarily represents private equity sponsors and public companies on on high-yield deals. New York’s Richard Aftanas focuses on advising issuers on a mix of public and private finance transactions, including high-yield offerings. In Los Angeles, Philippa Bond regularly acts for a broad mix of issuers, sponsors and underwriters in capital markets matters. Additional contacts include Christian Nagler and Sophia Hudson in New York as well as Chicago-based James Rowe.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

(Next Generation Partners)

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Complemented by its premier private equity offering, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s capital markets group is a popular choice for exit IPOs. The firm’s private equity expertise also ensures it maintains a strong presence in the SPAC IPO market, with SPACs often backed by private equity funds. The comprehensive national practice is particularly prominent on the issuer side but it also consistently secures high-profile manager-side mandates. Group head Joshua Korff represents private equity sponsors and public companies on equity transactions, with a strong record in IPOs. Christian Nagler advises issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters on the full scope of public and private offerings. Up-and-coming partner Sophia Hudson handles a mix of transactional and corporate governance matters. Additional contacts include Richard Aftanas and Chicago-based Robert Hayward. All named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

(Next Generation Partners)

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A leading player in the corporate bond market, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s issuer-focused practice leverages its high-yield debt reputation to attract some of the most high-profile mandates in the investment grade space. The corporate heavyweight is a top choice for M&A-related deals, such as its recent advice to AbbVie on its $30bn private notes offering to support its acquisition of Allergan, which marked the fourth-largest investment grade debt sale on record. Other key features of the practice include its ability to plug into the firm’s preeminent private equity and restructuring groups to shine in large, event-driven deals. High-profile figure Joshua Korff heads the group from New York and advises public companies and private equity sponsors on the full range of capital markets transactions. Additional contacts in New York include Richard Aftanas, Christian Nagler and impressive up-and-coming partner Sophia Hudson, who joined from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in November 2018 and led on the AbbVie deal. In Chicago, Robert Hayward had a strong year on the investment grade side and routinely represents issuers and underwriters in public and private debt offerings.