Press Release

Leading Finance Lawyer Louis R. Hernandez Rejoins Chicago Office of Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Louis R. Hernandez, III, has returned to the Firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Debt Finance Practice Group. He rejoins Kirkland from the Chicago office of Paul Hastings LLP, where he was a partner.

Mr. Hernandez concentrates his practice on financing transactions including LBO and acquisition financings, mezzanine and subordinated financings, corporate financings (secured and unsecured) and in-court and out-of-court restructuring of various types of credit facilities.

“We are very pleased to welcome Louis back to Kirkland. He is an excellent attorney with significant experience in complex financing transactions,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

During Louis’ prior tenure as a Kirkland finance partner he worked with a variety of the Firm’s private equity clients including Audax Group, Beecken Petty O’Keefe, Chicago Growth Partners, Flexpoint Ford, Linden LLC, Parthenon Capital Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners, handling leveraged acquisitions and dispositions in the $50 million to $300 million range, and refinancing and restructuring existing credit facilities.

“Louis’ talent and experience are a real complement to our middle market financing practice. He has fantastic client service skills, and we are thrilled to have him back on our team,” said Linda K. Myers, partner in Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice Group.

Mr. Hernandez first joined Kirkland in 1998 and was promoted to partner in 2004. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, where he was described as “an exceptionally talented individual” by peers and a “great, skilled negotiator” by clients. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Kirkland has one of the most active and highly regarded international corporate practices, representing many of the world’s largest public companies and more than 300 private equity firms on all types of transactions in every major market around the globe.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex corporate, restructuring and tax, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.