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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Michael Kim

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Michael Kim has a broad transactional practice, including capital markets transactions, mergers & acquisitions transactions and corporate governance matters. His capital markets practice focuses on complex securities matters, including initial public offerings, high yield offerings, spin-offs, tender offers and investment grade debt offerings. His mergers & acquisitions practice includes public and private acquisitions and divestitures for private equity funds and public companies.


Yale Law School, J.D., 2002; Yale School of Management, M.B.A., 2002; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., 1998; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., 1996.

United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

‚ÄėA¬†top-notch player for issuers on private equity-related offerings‚Äô, Kirkland & Ellis LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėincredibly smart and pro-business group‚Äô is also a regular fixture on manager-side mandates. In addition, the team recently strengthened its Los Angeles-based offering with the hires of¬†Philippa Bond¬†and Monica Shilling¬†from Proskauer Rose LLP. Among the team's highlights, Christian Nagler¬†assisted Leo Holdings (a SPAC formed by private equity house Lion Capital) with its $200m IPO. Nagler also acted for an SPAC formed by Carlyle on its $300m IPO.¬†The firm‚Äôs issuer-side practice is not limited to private equity-related work and in an example of its broad corporate base,¬†Joshua Korff, noted as ‚Äėa¬†great lawyer‚Äô, and Michael Kim¬†acted for Avaya Holdings on its $300m offering of convertible senior notes. On the manager front, Nagler advised¬†Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank on the $250m IPO of SPAC, DFB Healthcare Acquisitions. Richard Aftanas¬†and Chicago-based Dennis Myers¬†are also key contacts. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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