Ms Monica Shilling > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Monica Shilling is a transactional partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has a broad corporate, M&A and securities law practice that focuses on advising asset managers, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies on the full lifecycle of transactions. She also represents public companies, financial advisors, investment banks and issuers. She has over 25 years of experience with mergers and acquisitions, capital markets offerings, leveraged buyouts, general corporate law and corporate governance, securities laws, and NYSE/Nasdaq compliance.

Monica’s practice also has a particular focus involving specialty finance enterprises. She advises companies on the establishment of business development companies (BDCs), special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and other private and public equity vehicles. She is among a relatively limited number of attorneys in the country who actively represent BDCs.


Member of the Board, KCRW Foundation, Inc., 2012-Present; Chair of the Board, KCRW Foundation, 2019-Present


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995; University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, B.A., 1992

Lawyer Rankings

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.