Ms Melissa Hutson > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States


Melissa is a finance partner in Kirkland’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Melissa’s practice focuses on syndicated debt facilities, bank/bridge commitments and other structured financings for leveraged acquisitions by private equity firms, their portfolio companies, and public and private companies. She also advises clients on a broad range of other secured and unsecured lending and financing transactions, including first and second lien financings, mezzanine financings, subordinated loans and asset-based loans.

Melissa also has substantial experience in liability management transactions and other debt restructurings.

Representative clients include American Securities, Bain, Blackstone, New Mountain Capital and Olympus Partners, among others.


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001; University of Virginia, B.A., with high honors, 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

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Melissa HutsonKirkland & Ellis LLP

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.