Michael Keeley is a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, he concentrates his practice on capital markets transactions and public company mergers and acquisitions. Michael has extensive experience in all types of public and private securities transactions, including initial public offerings, block trades, high yield and investment grade debt offerings, tender offers and exchange offers. Michael also advises both public companies as well as private equity funds on complex corporate transactions involving public companies, including going-private transactions, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

In addition, Michael regularly advises publicly traded corporations and their executive officers and directors on corporate governance, SEC compliance and disclosure matters, stock exchange listing requirements, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 16 and Section 13 reporting, stockholder activism and proposals, executive compensation and fiduciary duties of directors and officers.



Michael has been recognized as one of Illinois’ "Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers for the past seven consecutive years (2016–2022) in the Securities & Corporate Finance practice area.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Illinois


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude2012
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Finance2007