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.



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

Recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018–2019.

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2018, and Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2015.

Selected to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list, 2010–2014. 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.

Press Mentions

“5 Career Tips For Aspiring Capital Markets Attorneys,” Law360, June 3, 2016.

“6 Firms To Guide PE-Heavy IPOs Totaling $1.6B,” Law360, May 20, 2016.

“Oil Slump Puts Energy Co. Disclosures Under Microscope,” Law360, February 12, 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 07, 2015.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002Texas


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