Michelle Kilkenney, P.C.

Partner Debt Finance

Overview

Michelle Kilkenney is a corporate partner in Kirkland's Chicago office and an active committee member and Chicago office Pro Bono Coordinator, of the Firm’s award-winning pro bono program. Michelle focuses her practice on debt financing transactions and represents private equity groups, commercial lending institutions and other private and public companies in connection with the negotiation, structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured financing transactions for both borrowers and lenders, including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt transactions, acquisition financings, and loan workouts and restructurings, including debtor-in-possession financings.

Michelle was mentioned in the article "Big Suits: UAL Bankruptcy" from the February 2003 issue of The American Lawyer for her role in UAL Corp.'s bankruptcy filing. 

Michelle is listed in the 2010-2018 editions of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and described in the 2010 edition as "talented, bright, creative and incredibly hard-working." She was also recognized in 2018 by The Legal 500 U.S. as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Lending and IFLR1000 as a Leading Lawyer in bank lending in 2013 and 2014.

Crain’s Chicago Business recently included Michelle on their list of "Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018." Additionally, in 2017, Michelle was awarded “Transaction of the Year: Mega Company” for her work with Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company LLC by the Turnaround Management Association.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

“An Expert’s View: Trends in Large Cap Market Loan Terms,” Practical Law Journal, February 2015

Seminars

Panelist, “Transition to SOFR and Ameribor: Legal and Accounting Implications for Large Institutions,” Transition to New Interest Rate Benchmarks: SOFR, Ameribor and Beyond Conference, The University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL, April 3, 2018

Panelist, “U.K. and U.S. Primary Loan Market: Trends and Deal Terms,” 2018 LMA & LSTA Conference, London, UK, March 7, 2018

Speaker: “Debt Financing from a Borrower’s Perspective: From Healthy LBO to Distressed Debtor,” Loan Syndications & Trading Association, December 3, 2014 and ABA Business Law Section Meeting, West Coast, April 17, 2015

Speaker, “Debt Financing from a Borrower’s Perspective: From Healthy LBO to Distressed,” ABA Business Law Section Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 12, 2014

Speaker, “Being Strategic About 24/7: Assignments, Committees and Community,” Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Chicago, IL, March 5, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Illinois Bar

Member of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Board of Directors

Member of the Catherine Cook School Board of Trustees

Member of Cradles to Crayons Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002Illinois

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of LawJ.D.with Honors2002

    Order of the Coif

    Joanne Wharton Murphy Award

    Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal

  • Ohio Wesleyan UniversityB.A., Politics & Governmentsumma cum laude, with Honors1999

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Mortar Board

    Omicron Delta Kappa