Matt Pacey is a partner in Kirkland's Houston office. His practice concentrates on capital markets transactions, corporate governance and compliance. He regularly represents private equity-backed companies in connection with initial public offerings, particularly in the upstream, midstream and oil field service sectors. He has extensive knowledge of master limited partnership matters and has represented issuers or underwriters in numerous MLP financing transactions, including initial public offerings, high yield notes offerings, preferred unit offerings and "at-the market" programs. Matt also regularly advises MLPs and other public companies on governance, conflict matters and SEC compliance and disclosure matters.


Thought Leadership

Press Mentions

“5 Career Tips For Aspiring Capital Markets Attorneys,” Law360, June 2016

“6 Firms To Guide PE-Heavy IPOs Totaling $1.6B,” Law360, May 2016


“Oil Slump Puts Energy Co. Disclosures Under Microscope,” Law360, February 2016

"Turmoil in the US Shale Industry," Financier Worldwide, December 2015

“PE-Backed Oil and Gas Companies Gear Up for Return of IPO Market,” The Deal, August 2015


Recognized in IFLR1000 for Capital Markets: Debt and Capital Markets: Equity, 2019–2024

Recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018–2023

Recognized in Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2020–2023 and Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Central US, 2023

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings (2018) Capital Markets: Debt Offerings (2015 & 2020), and Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings (2021–2023)

Selected to the Super Lawyers Texas Super Lawyers list, 2018–2020. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service

Selected to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list, 2010–2017. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service

Selected to the U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers® list for Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2016–2019


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002Texas


  • University of Texas at Austin School of LawJ.D.with Honors2002
    Order of the Coif
  • Texas A&M UniversityB.A., Mathematics & English1999