Matthew Merkle

Partner Capital Markets
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


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.


Thought Leadership


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.


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.


IFLR Europe, "Deal of the Year: High Yield – Fedrigoni," 2023

Recognized as a leading lawyer for his “wealth of experience” and described by clients as “extremely thoughtful, responsive and commercial” by Chambers UK, 2022

Ranked for his representation of banks and private equity houses and described as “extremely thoughtful, responsive and commercial” by Chambers Global, 2022–2023

Recognized as a leading individual by The Legal 500 UK, 2022

London-based Capital Markets team ranked Tier 1 for High Yield and described as “extremely knowledgeable, highly responsive, always available and very reliable” in The Legal 500 UK, 2022

Recognized as a market leader for Capital Markets: Debt by IFLR1000 UK, 2022

Recognized by Legal Week in its 2020 list of “Rising Stars: Europe's Best Up-and-Coming Private Equity Lawyers”, which highlights the best of the up-and-coming talents within the U.K. and European legal industry.

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.”

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


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2009New York


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