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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States

Work Department

Corporate / Debt Finance


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 Bain Capital, Energy Future Holdings and Toys “R” Us.


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 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.