Ms Michelle Kilkenney > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 NORTH LASALLE
CHICAGO, IL 60654
United States

Position

Michelle focuses her practice on debt financing transactions and represents private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and other private and public companies in connection with the negotiation, structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured financing transactions for both borrowers and lenders, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions, acquisition financings, and loan workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings. Representative clients include AE Industrial Partners, Bain Capital, Energy Future Holdings, Pritzker Private Capital, Toys “R” Us and United Airlines.

Education

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2002; Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., summa cum laude, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Commercial lending

(Leading lawyers)

Michelle KilkenneyKirkland & 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.