Michael D. Rackham is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Kirkland & Ellis. Michael has a broad transactional practice advising corporates, financial institutions and private equity funds on public and private cross-border M&A transactions and other corporate and financial transactions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Michael was named ‘Rising Star Lawyer of the Year’ at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019.



‘Rising Star Lawyer of the Year’ (IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2019). 

Memberships & Affiliations

The Law Society of England and Wales


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020, Hong Kong, Solicitor
  • 2013, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • English


  • College of Law, LondonLPCwith Distinction2011
  • St. Edmund Hall, University of OxfordB.C.L.2010
  • University of ExeterLL.B.First Class Honours2009

    Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize (awarded annually to the top graduating law student)

    Oxford University Press Law Prize (awarded annually to the top second year law student)

    Routledge-Cavendish Law Prize (awarded annually to the top first year law student)

    Tony Jaffey Law Prize (awarded annually for the best performance in the Tort Law course)