Mr Jay Ptashek > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Corporate / Debt Finance


Jay focuses on syndicated senior debt and bridge loan financings, primarily in the leveraged acquisition finance area. His experience also includes significant high-yield, corporate finance and restructuring engagements. Representative clients include financial sponsors such as Apax Partners, Blackstone, Advent, Partners Group and 3G Capital, as well as large financial institutions and a multitude of private equity portfolio companies and corporate borrowers, including Restaurant Brands International, Prestige Brands and Kraft/Heinz.


Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 2009-present; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, 1992-2009.


New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992; University of Michigan, B.B.A., with high distinction, 1989.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

(Leading lawyers)

Jay PtashekKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP undoubtedly has one of the highest quality and most active borrower-led practices in the market, regularly topping the tables for both deal volume and activity. Private equity sponsor work has been the team’s bread and butter for almost as long as the industry has existed, and the firm’s roster of major clients is testament to its continued standing in the market. As demonstrated by the firm’s advice to the life sciences giant AbbVie on the financing of its Allergan takeover, the team is no stranger to the financing of major corporate acquisitions either. The firm’s fund clients are also gradually leading to greater exposure to the direct lender market, where lawyers are often advising the lenders. Chicago is home to several of the firm’s top debt finance lawyers, including Linda Myers, Michelle Kilkenney, and Maureen Dixon. New York is also an increasingly key centre for the firm, with highly-rated partners such as Jay PtashekDavid Nemecek (who divides his time between here and Los Angeles), Melissa Hutson, Jason Kanner, Eric Wedel, and Andrea Weintraub. Clients also rate the ‘top-notchChristopher Kirkham in San Francisco and Brian Ford in Los Angeles.