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 was recognized by The Deal as a 2020 “Top Woman in Dealmaking” for Private Equity and as “Energy, Power & Utilities Dealmaker of the Year” by The Deal Awards Middle Market in 2019.


Thought Leadership


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


Kim was recognized as “Up and Coming” for Corporate/M&A (Texas) by Chambers USA, 2021–2022

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

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

Kim was named a “Top Woman in Dealmaking” for Private Equity by The Deal, 2020

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

Kim was recognized for 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