Rachel Sheridan is a partner in the Capital Markets Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Rachel focuses her practice on capital markets transactions, representing private equity funds and their portfolio companies, issuers, investment banks and public companies in a wide range of matters. She has extensive experience with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, as well as buyout, liability management, restructuring and SPAC transactions. She also regularly counsels public companies regarding their public reporting obligations, corporate governance matters and other issues related to public company status.



Recognized in Chambers Global for Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States, 2024

Named a Recommended Lawyer for Capital Markets by The Legal 500 United States, 2018–2020, 2022

Named as a “Top Female M&A Lawyer in North America,” MergerLinks, 2021

Clients say that Rachel is ‘excellent, she is very smart, very practical and commercially oriented.’ Chambers USA, 2013–2015, 2021–2023

Named to The Deal’s Top Women in Dealmaking, 2020 & 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member, University of Virginia Board of Visitors

Trustee and Vice President, Virginia Athletic Foundation (UVA)

Trustee and Governing Board Member, St. Alban’s School for Boys, Washington, D.C.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York


  • University of Virginia School of Law1998
  • University of VirginiaB.A.1994