Lucas Spivey is a corporate partner in the Houston and Dallas offices 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, 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, investment grade lending, cash-flow based lending, asset-based lending (including reserve-based lending for oil and gas transactions), mezzanine financing and subordinated debt financing. In addition, Lucas is experienced in debtor-in-possession and exit financing 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.


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 and Finance — US (2019)
  • Capital Markets: Debt — US (2019)
  • Private Equity — US (2019)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007Texas


  • University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D.2007
  • University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of BusinessI.M.B.A.2007
  • Davidson CollegeB.A., English & Psychology2003