Overview

As a corporate partner in Kirkland's Chicago office, Jessica concentrates her practice on counseling private equity funds and their portfolio companies on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, equity financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, and general corporate matters. Jessica also focuses her practice on counseling clients in all matters of transactional risk insurance, including the use of representations and warranties insurance and other transactional risk insurance products. Jessica is highly regarded by, and has developed close relationships with, brokers and insurers who are active participants in the transactional insurance market. She is a frequent speaker at industry events.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Speaker, Secondary Market: Representations and Warranties Insurance, Kirkland & Ellis Liquidity Solutions Academy, New York City, November 6, 2019.

Speaker, Representations and Warranties Insurance: What You Need To Know, Warburg Pincus – Industrial and Business Services, New York City, October 2019.

Speaker, Representations and Warranties Insurance: What You Need To Know, Madison Dearborn Partners – GCs and CFOs Roundtable, Chicago, June 2019.

Speaker, Negotiating M&A Deal Terms, Transaction Advisors Chicago Middle Market M&A Conference, Chicago, March 2018.

Speaker, Words Matter: Marrying Transaction Documents and Policy Language, Aon Transaction Solutions Symposium, Miami, February 2018.

Speaker, Coverage and the Underwriting Process, Advisen – Transaction Insurance Insight Conference, New York City, April 2017.

Memberships & Affiliations

Venezuelan Bar Association

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1996, Federal District Venezuelan Bar
  • 2002, Illinois

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Education

  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.2002
    Teaching Assistant for "Introduction to U.S. Law" for Professor Forrester
  • University of Illinois College of LawLL.M. (Corporate Law & Tax Law Concentrations)1998
  • Universidad Católica Andrés BelloAbogado (Attorney)

    cum laude

    1996
    Teaching Assistant for "Contract and Suretyship" law class for Professor Rodriguez (October 1995–July 1997)