Mary Kogut is a debt finance partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Chambers USA 2022 describes her as “quite simply the best debt finance attorney I've had the pleasure of working with in my career.” Mary’s practice spans a wide array of debt financing transactions, including the representation of private equity funds, hedge funds, mezzanine funds and private and public companies. She has successfully handled complex financings in connection with leveraged buyouts, public offerings, reserve-based financings and refinancings, and restructurings (including in-court and out-of-court restructurings, debtor-in-possession financings, and exit financings).

Known for her unique ability to calmly and masterfully advocate for clients in high stakes negotiations, Mary is a “go to” attorney for complex transactions. With corporate, private equity, and financial institution clients ranging from EIG Global Energy Partners, Northern Oil & Gas, and Chesapeake Energy to Apollo Global Management, Callon Petroleum, and Oaktree Capital, Mary has been involved in some of the most high-profile recent acquisition-related financings and restructurings in the infrastructure and energy industries.


Thought Leadership


Growth Investment Opportunities Q&A,” Presenter, Webinar, April 12, 2022 

Infrastructure Outlook Webinar,” Speaker at Kayo Conference Series, April 28, 2021.

Industry restructuring and consolidations,” Speaker at Argus Crude Summit, January 27, 2021 

Financing the fields,” Panelist at MergerMarket Energy Forum, December 3, 2020

The Weekly Knockout Podcast, “How Many Firms Will Fail? Sizing Up The Storm of Restructuring and Bankruptcies,” Kayo Conference Series, October 22, 2020

State of the Capital Markets,” Moderator at SPE A&D Symposium, February 26, 2020

Strategies for the upstream,” Panelist at Argus Americas Crude Summit, February 4, 2020

E&P Restructurings: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and What We Are Likely to See - Practical Insights for Management Teams and Boards,” Speaker at Argus Americas Crude Summit, February 4, 2020

Financing the Fields,” Moderator at MergerMarket Energy Forum, May 21, 2019

Borrowers and Lenders: Who's Got the Upper Hand?,” Speaker at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, April 17, 2019

Creativity in Energy Private Equity,” Speaker at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, June 14, 2018

Future of Energy Lending,” Speaker at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, June 13, 2017

The Risks of Becoming a Board Member,” Speaker at the Women’s Executive Board Leadership Forum, March 31, 2017

Debt Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector,” Speaker at the Executive Women's Energy Symposium, November 16, 2016

E&P Restructuring: Where we’ve Been, Where we are, and What the Future may Bring,” Keynote address at the Women’s Energy Network (Houston chapter) luncheon speaking series, November 16, 2016

Upstream Investing,” Speaker at Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, June 7, 2016

Approaching Gender Differences in Negotiations,” Presentation to Texas Women of Wall Street, May 17, 2016

An Overview of the Chapter 11 Process and Key Issues in Recent Oil and Gas Restructurings,” Speaker at the Credit Suisse Restructuring Conference, February 2, 2016

Overview of Key Issues in Recent Oil and Gas Restructurings,” Speaker at the 2016 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law Symposium, January 29, 2016


Chambers USA, Banking & Finance Law, 2020–2024

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

Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Awards, On the Rise, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

Board of Directors, Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA, a YMCA of Greater Houston


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010California
  • 2016Texas


  • English
  • Portuguese


  • Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.cum laude2009

    Global Law Scholar

    Note Production Editor & Final Editor, The Tax Lawyer

  • Georgetown UniversityB.A., Political Economywith Honors, summa cum laude2005

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Alpha Sigma Nu