Kim is fantastic. She's very commercial and knowledgeable, and you feel that she is in the trenches fighting for a deal with you.” - Chambers USA

Kim Hicks is a founding partner of the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis. Kim’s practice focuses on public M&A, take private transactions, private equity investments, joint ventures and corporate governance matters in the technology, energy and infrastructure industries. She has extensive experience with both public and private transactions across the oil and gas, power, infrastructure and technology sectors.

Kim is recognized as “Up and Coming” for Corporate/M&A in Texas by Chambers USA for 2021–2023 and as a 2023 “Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer. She was named among Kayo Conference’s list of “Top 21 in 21: Women in Infrastructure” in 2021, as a 2020 “Top Woman in Dealmaking” for Private Equity by The Deal and as “Energy, Power & Utilities Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal Awards Middle Market in 2019. Kim is also recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A in the U.S. by IFLR1000 for 2019–2023.


Thought Leadership


Moderator, “Dealmaking Trends,” Kayo Women’s Energy Forum, November 2023

Presenter, Take Private Transactions in the Oil and Gas Industry, Webinar, 2020

Presenter, Take Private Transactions, Webinar, 2020

Presenter, Structuring Solutions in Challenging Times, Webinar, 2020


“Up and Coming” for Corporate/M&A (Texas) by Chambers USA, 2021–2023

“Rising Star” by Texas Lawyer, 2023

“Top 21 in 21: Women in Infrastructure” by Kayo Conference in 2021

Energy Transactions: Conventional Power by The Legal 500 U.S., 2020–2021

“Top Woman in Dealmaking” for Private Equity by The Deal, 2020

“Energy, Power & Utilities Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal Awards Middle Market, 2019

Mergers & Acquisitions (USA) by IFLR1000, 2019–2023

Memberships & Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors

    Editor-in-Chief, The Review of Litigation, Volume 28

    Staff Member, The Review of Litigation, Volume 27

  • University of Texas at AustinB.A., Plan II Honors Program and Czech Language & Culturewith High Honors