As part of the 2023 New York Legal Awards, partner Christine Okike was recognized by the New York Law Journal in the "Rising Stars" category and was profiled in a Q&A.
Practice Profile: Christine A. Okike is a restructuring partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis. She represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, sponsors, investors, sellers and purchasers in all stages of complex restructuring transactions, including prepackaged, prearranged and traditional Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court workouts, distressed acquisitions and cross-border proceedings. Okike has a broad range of experience across a number of industries, including cryptocurrency, automotive, sports, entertainment, retail, energy, real estate, financial services, technology, transportation, travel, health care, media and telecommunications.
Leadership, Pro Bono and Civic Work: Okike serves as co-chair of Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the New York Office Recruiting Committee. She represents a number of nonprofit organizations and individuals on a pro bono basis and sits on the board of directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York and the advisory board of Legal Outreach.
Prior Experience: Okike was previously a partner at Skadden.
Education: Columbia Law School, J.D., 2008
Brown University, B.A., 2005
What advice would you give to young lawyers? My advice to young lawyers is to take ownership over your workstreams which will allow you to become an indispensable member of your teams. That’s the fastest way to accelerate your growth and the rest will come naturally.