Shilling has the total skill set: she has extremely high levels of intellectual capacity, legal knowledge, common sense, people skills and M&A transactional experience. - The Legal 500 United States
Monica Shilling is a transactional partner in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She has a broad corporate and securities law practice that focuses on advising asset managers, private equity funds, and their portfolio companies on the full lifecycle of transactions. She also represents public companies, financial advisors, investment banks and issuers. She is experienced with mergers and acquisitions, capital markets offerings, leveraged buyouts, general corporate law and corporate governance, securities laws, and NYSE/Nasdaq compliance.
Monica’s practice also has a particular focus involving specialty finance enterprises. She advises companies on the establishment of business development companies (BDCs) and other private and public equity vehicles. Monica is among a relatively limited number of attorneys in the country who actively represent BDCs. She also advises clients on special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and business combinations.
Monica has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 since 2010. In the 2021 edition of Chambers USA, clients commented that "She is my go-to lawyer for strategic advice and I really rely on her opinion." "She is very responsive, very practical and very thorough." According to The Legal 500 United States, one client stated that Monica is “one of the three or four best transactional lawyers with whom I have ever worked. Shilling has the total skill set: she has extremely high levels of intellectual capacity, legal knowledge, common sense, people skills and M&A transactional experience.”
Monica was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Los Angeles” in 2020 and 2021, and by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in California in 2020.
Monica is a frequent speaker at industry events including the Women’s Private Equity Summit and the Harvard Association for Law and Business Women’s Leadership Series.
Chambers Global: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States, 2020–2021
Chambers USA: Western US: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2020–2021
Chambers USA: California: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity, 2014–2019, 2021
Chambers USA: Southern California: Corporate/M&A, 2010–2017
Chambers USA: California: Corporate/M&A: Private Equity, 2013–2018
Chambers USA: Women in Law Awards: Up & Coming Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Top Women Lawyers, Daily Journal, 2011, 2014, 2020
“Women of Influence: Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2021
“Top Women Attorneys in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020
“Who's Who in LA Law,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011
One of five finalists for “Philanthropist of the Year,” Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2015 Women Making a Difference Awards
The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: High-Yield Debt Offerings, 2010–2011, 2013
The Legal 500 United States: Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2010–2015
The Legal 500 United States: Mergers & Acquisitions: National Firms: Large Deals, 2010–2014, 2019
The Legal 500 United States: Mergers & Acquisitions and Buyouts: Private Equity Buyouts, 2009–2020
The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2013–2014, 2016–2020
The Legal 500 United States: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, 2018–2019
The Legal 500 United States: Investment Fund Formation and Management – REITS, 2013
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014–2015
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006–2008
Memberships & Affiliations
Admissions & Qualifications
- Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D.magna cum laude1995Order of the Coif
- University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Integrative StudiesB.A.1992Phi Beta Kappa