Matthew Merkle

Partner Capital Markets
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Overview

Matthew Merkle is a capital markets partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Matthew represents private equity sponsors, issuers and investment banks in high yield debt offerings in connection with leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and other complex financings in Europe, the United States and emerging markets.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Author, “Reverse Yankee Bonds and the New EU Market Abuse  Regime,”  The Lexis Practice Adviser Journal, Summer 2016.

The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal,  Editorial Advisory Board Member.

Seminars

Brexit Breakfast Seminar Panel on the A-Z of Bond Restructuring and Exchange Offer Trends, London, June 2016.

Euromoney plc European High Yield Bond Conference, London, March 2016.

Kirkland & Ellis Private Equity Seminar, Munich, March 2016.

Distressed Debt Investor Forum, London, November 2014.

Recognition

London-based Capital Markets team ranked Tier 1 for High Yield by Legal 500.

International Financial Law Review European Awards 2019, “High Yield Deal of the Year” for Nexi’s €2.6 billion of high yield bonds and “Restructuring Deal of the Year” for the restructuring of CGG S.A.

Transatlantic Legal Awards, “Transatlantic Debt Capital Markets Team of the Year,” 2017.

Recognized as one of “The Hot 100 2017” by The Lawyer magazine for 2017, which identifies “the best lawyers in the business for the year”.

Ranked in the high yield transactional space and described as “strong, creative and hard working” by Chambers UK.

Recognized as highly regarded and, together with Christopher Shield, as “of the highest standard across their respective products” by IFLR.

Recognized as a leading lawyer, an “absolute star” and an “experienced and highly creative practitioner” by Legal 500.

International Financial Law Review European Awards 2016, “High Yield Deal of the Year,” for ICBPI’s €1.1 billion of high yield PIK notes.

International Financing Review, “Europe High Yield Bond of the Year,” IFR Awards 2015, for ICBPI’s €1.1 billion of high yield PIK notes. 

Law 360, “Capital Markets Group of the Year,” 2015.

The Legal 500, “Firm Specialism Award for High Yield,” 2014.

IFLR Europe, “Team of the Year for High Yield,” 2014.

Memberships & Affiliations

The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal, Editorial Advisory Board Member

The Rosetta Art Centre CIO, Trustee

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009New York

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2008
  • Vanderbilt UniversityB.A.summa cum laude2003
    Phi Beta Kappa