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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


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: debt offerings

(Leading lawyers)

Sophia HudsonKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has an impressive array of corporate issuer clients and has a steady flow of key engagements stemming from its illustrious private client base. Capital markets offerings connected to its world-leading restructuring practice are also a feature of the firm’s practice. It has also worked on a series of fund raisings driven by the Covid-19 pandemic for clients such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. New York partners Sophia Hudson and Joshua Korff are prolific advisers on big-ticket DCM engagements for corporate issuers, private equity clients and their portfolio companies; Korff is also noted for offerings by tech businesses. Chicago partner Robert Hayward also has a wealth of issuer relationships, such as Boeing.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophia HudsonKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s thriving capital markets practice is fuelled to a large extent by its leading private equity client base and their portfolio companies. It has also achieved further prominence in SPAC-related equity offerings and transactions linked to capital constraints resulting from the Covid-19 crisis; this included a mix of debt and equity issuances by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Chicago partner Robert Hayward frequently advises private equity portfolio companies on their IPOs and equity offerings. New York’s Joshua Korff is perhaps best known for high-yield debt, but is also active in equity offerings and SPAC transactions. New York partner Sophia Hudson and Los Angeles partner Philippa Bond are also key names.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a clear market leader in high-yield debt for issuers. The firm routinely advises private equity and corporate clients on high-yield debt offerings used to finance M&A and buyouts. It advises a range of issuer clients including Ares Capital, The Boeing Capital, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Starwood Capital. The firm is also known for its work in the refinancing and restructuring field, and recently represented Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a series of headline capital markets offerings, including its $575m offering of 5.875% senior notes due 2026 and $525m offering of 6.125% senior notes due 2028. New York’s Sophia Hudson and Joshua Korff, and Los Angeles partners Philippa Bond and Monica Shilling are major players in the market; Shilling’s major client is Ares Capital. Houston partner Matthew Pacey is another key name.