Lucas Spivey is a corporate partner in the Houston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on private equity, financing transactions and debt restructurings. Lucas has extensive experience representing private equity funds, hedge funds, special situation investors, financial institutions and public and private issuers in a wide variety of financing transactions in both the United States and abroad, with a concentration on acquisition financing, asset-based financing (including reserve-based lending for oil and gas transactions), project-level financing, mezzanine financing and complex structured financings. In addition, Lucas has extensive experience with liability management transactions, debtor-in-possession and exit financings and workouts and restructurings on behalf of both issuers and financial institutions. Lucas also regularly counsels clients on working capital arrangements, debt compliance matters and corporate governance matters.

Lucas has been recognized in Chambers USA for Banking and Finance in 2021–2024, IFLR1000 as a Notable Practitioner in Banking and Finance since 2019, Texas Lawyer as a Texas Trailblazer in 2020 and Law360 as an Energy MVP in 2020.


Thought Leadership


Dealing with Midstream Commitments or Acquisitions as a Private Equity Purchaser, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, April 2018

De-Leveraging Portfolio Companies Through Debt Buybacks — US and UK Perspectives, WGM Private Equity Alert, March 2009

De-Leveraging Through Debt Buybacks, Practising Law Institute: Leveraged Financing 2010


Banking & Finance, Chambers USA, 2021–2024

MVP of the Year, Energy, Law360, 2020

Texas Trailblazer, Texas Lawyer, 2020


  • Banking and Finance — US (2019–2024)
  • Capital Markets: Debt — US (2019–2024)
  • Private Equity — US (2019–2024)
  • Corporate and M&A — US (2021)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Texas
  • New York


  • University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D.
  • University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of BusinessI.M.B.A.
  • Davidson CollegeB.A., English & Psychology