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Christopher Butler

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Christopher concentrates his practice in financing transactions with an emphasis on acquisitions and highly leveraged financings. He represents borrowers and lenders in structuring secured and unsecured lending transactions, LBO and acquisition financings, first and second lien financings, subordinated debt transactions, mezzanine and other private issuances and DIP financings. Clients include financial sponsors Bain Capital, Centerbridge Partners, GTCR, Golden Gate Capital, Parthenon Capital, Summit Partners, Vestar Capital and Welsh Carson, and portfolio companies and major corporations, including Molson Coors, Micro Focus, Infor, Cision, Simply Good Foods and Rivers Casinos.


Fordham University, J.D., 1988; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1984.

United States: Finance

Commercial lending

Within: Commercial lending

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has established itself as one of the 'best-in-class' borrower-led practices in the country, with 'extremely in-depth knowledge of market precedents and conditions'. The team is regularly number-one in the league tables for deal value and volume, both for leveraged buyouts and corporate M&A. The firm's lawyers also regularly act on stand-alone financings, DIP financings and complex restructurings. Notable highlights include advising Ares Management on the financing of its $750m acquisition of Texas-based oil and gas company Admiral Permian Resources, and advising Bain Capital on the $1.4bn financing for the combination of Superion, TriTech and Aptean to form CentralSquare. Also of note, the group advised Charter Communications on a $12.4bn refinancing deal. Linda Myers heads the debt finance team out of Chicago, which fields 60 partners nationally. Other key individuals include Chicago's Michelle Kilkenney and Christopher Butler, San Francisco-based Christopher Kirkham, and Jay Ptashek in New York. The firm is also increasingly active in the direct lending space, where David Nemecek in Los Angeles and Boston-based Ranesh Ramanathan (former general counsel at Bain Capital Credit) are names to note.

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