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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Eric Wedel is a nationally recognized partner in Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice Group. Eric’s practice focuses on acquisition financings for top-tier global private equity sponsors and their portfolio company borrowers, ranging from large-cap syndicated credit facilities to middle-market private credit and direct lending financings. His representative clients include Warburg Pincus, KKR, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital, BC Partners, Stone Point Capital, Siris Capital, Hg Capital and EQT, among various others. Eric has a deep understanding of the credit markets, having advised on more than 175 completed financings with a value exceeding $60 billion over the course of his career. Eric is also an active leader in the Firm, serving on Kirkland’s global Finance and Business Development Committees and regional Operations and Recruiting Committees.

Eric has been recognized by numerous industry publications as a leading lawyer and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, including at Refinitiv’s annual leveraged finance and loan market conferences and Columbia Business School and Wharton Business School’s private equity conferences.


University of Arizona, B.A., Political Science, 2002; Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2005.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

(Next Generation Partners)

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP maintains a considerable market share of the borrower-side debt finance market, and hits strong numbers with regards to both deal count and total deal value. Private equity work is the real specialty of the group, which works with market-leading companies such as Blackstone Inc., Carlyle, Warburg Pincus and KKR on leveraged buyouts across a number of industries, though the firm is also capable in restructuring matters. The department’s central hub is in New York, home to Melissa Hutson and Jay Ptashek, though the firm’s market position is thanks in part to its national coverage; Michelle Kilkenney and Maureen Dixon are based in Chicago, while David Nemecek and Eric Wedel spend much of their time in Los Angeles. The firm added to an already deep bench with the arrival of the ‘practical, responsive, knowledgeable’ Rachael Lichman from Baker Botts L.L.P. in March 2021. Linda Myers retired in February 2022.