Mr Robert Hayward > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Robert M. Hayward is a partner in the corporate transactional group, and was honored as the “2015 Lawyer of the Year (Chicago Capital Markets/Securities Law)” by the Best Lawyers in America. His practice primarily involves counseling publicly-traded corporations and leveraged buyout and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in all aspects of transactional, securities law, corporate governance, executive compensation, stockholder activism and general corporate matters. Mr. Hayward has extensive experience representing issuers in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities (especially IPOs), buyers and sellers in public and private M&A and leverage buyout transactions and issuers and investors in PIPE, venture capital and other private financing transactions. Mr. Hayward has been named numerous times to the NACD’s Directorship 100 for his influence in the boardroom.


Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1997, cum laude; B.S., 1994).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s thriving capital markets practice is fuelled to a large extent by its leading private equity client base and their portfolio companies. It has also achieved further prominence in SPAC-related equity offerings and transactions linked to capital constraints resulting from the Covid-19 crisis; this included a mix of debt and equity issuances by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Chicago partner Robert Hayward frequently advises private equity portfolio companies on their IPOs and equity offerings. New York’s Joshua Korff is perhaps best known for high-yield debt, but is also active in equity offerings and SPAC transactions. New York partner Sophia Hudson and Los Angeles partner Philippa Bond are also key names.

United States > Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has an impressive array of corporate issuer clients and has a steady flow of key engagements stemming from its illustrious private client base. Capital markets offerings connected to its world-leading restructuring practice are also a feature of the firm’s practice. It has also worked on a series of fund raisings driven by the Covid-19 pandemic for clients such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. New York partners Sophia Hudson and Joshua Korff are prolific advisers on big-ticket DCM engagements for corporate issuers, private equity clients and their portfolio companies; Korff is also noted for offerings by tech businesses. Chicago partner Robert Hayward also has a wealth of issuer relationships, such as Boeing.