Overview

Carol Anne Huff is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Carol Anne practices corporate and securities laws, with an emphasis on the representation of private equity firms and public companies in capital markets transactions and in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. She has significant experience in the following types of transactions: high yield debt offerings, initial public offerings, going-private transactions, tender offers, transactions involving special purpose acquisition companies, PIPE transactions and spin-offs. She also has extensive experience counseling public companies with regard to securities regulations and other corporate matters, including SEC compliance, Exchange Act periodic reporting and disclosure issues, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, corporate governance best practices, fiduciary duty and special committee issues, stock option plans and Rule 144 issues, rights plans and anti-takeover strategies, stock exchange requirements, and Section 16 matters.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

"Part II: NASDAQ’s Proposed Changes May Impact SPACs," SPACInsider, April 10, 2019

"Part I: NASDAQ’s Proposed Changes May Impact SPACs," SPACInsider, April 5, 2019

"SEC Should Revisit Its Special Purpose Acquisition Co. Regs," Law360, February 14, 2019

"Recent Trends in IPOs of Private Equity Sponsor-Backed U.S. Companies," Practical Law The Journal, September 2016

"SEC Issues Guidance on Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” Kirkland Alert, May 20, 2016

"Initial Public Offerings of Sponsor-Backed U.S. Corporations: 18-Month Survey Through December 31, 2015,” Kirkland PEN, February 4, 2016

"SPAC-and-Span: A Clean Exit?," Kirkland M&A Update, July 1, 2015 and Kirkland PEN, July 7, 2015

"SEC Proposes Rules to Eliminate Prohibitions on General Solicitation and Advertising in Response to JOBS Act Mandate," Capital Markets Alert (September 2012)

"Director Equity Awards to PE Fund Representatives on Public Company Boards," Insights, The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Aspen Publishers (September 2012)

"SEC Adopts Final Compensation Committee Independence and Related Rules," Kirkland & Ellis Alert (June 2012)

"Securities Law and Practical Implications of Issuing Secured Bonds," Capital Markets Alert (February 2011)

"Securities Law and Practical Implications of Issuing Secured Bonds," Insights, The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Aspen Publishers (December 2010)

Seminars

Practising Law Institute, Securities Filings 2015: Practical Guidance in a Changing Environment, “The Disclosure Cycle and Related Filings,” Chicago, Illinois

Practising Law Institute, Securities Filings 2014: Practical Guidance in a Changing Environment, "The Disclosure Cycle and Related Findings," Chicago, Illinois.

The SPAC Conference, Panelist, "What Private Equity Investors are looking for in the SPAC Market." (2013)

The 4th Annual Duke Private Equity Conference, Panelist, "The New World of Leverage." (2010)

The 3rd Annual Duke Private Equity Conference, Panelist, "Buyout Panel: How the Credit Crisis has Changed Deal Structures and the Future of the LBO." (2009)

Fundamentals of Investing in Public Companies Seminar, Panelist, Kirkland & Ellis KICP for Clients (2008)

Recognition

Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School, “Capital Markets Transactions” seminar (2017 and 2018)

Memberships & Affiliations

Duke Law Club of Chicago

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996Illinois

Education

  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude1996
    Order of the Coif
  • University of Maryland Baltimore CountyB.A., Economics1993

    Valedictorian

    Certificates in Accounting and Finance