Press Release

Kirkland Welcomes Debt Finance Partner Rachael L. Lichman

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Rachael L. Lichman has joined the Firm as a partner in the Debt Finance Practice Group. Ms. Lichman will be based in the Firm’s Houston office.

“Rachael is a rising star who will add to our market-leading debt finance team focused on energy sector transactions,” said Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee. “We are delighted to welcome her to Kirkland.”

Ms. Lichman represents borrowers and issuers, financial institutions, private equity funds and other institutional investors in connection with bank financings, including acquisition financings, senior and subordinated debt, working capital credit facilities, bridge loans, asset-based and reserve-based financings and term loans. She also counsels clients on high-yield debt offerings, private placements of securities and other forms of debt financing, as well as debt restructurings and workouts, including liability management transactions and debtor-in-possession financings.

“Rachael brings a combination of technical skills and a commercial approach to complex debt financings. She’ll be a perfect fit with our team from day one, and we are excited to have her on board,” said Will Bos, a debt finance partner in Kirkland’s Houston office. 

Ms. Lichman was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer - Rising Star in 2017 and 2018. She is also a member of the American College of Investment Counsel. She joins Kirkland from Baker Botts, where she was a partner.

She earned a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Ms. Lichman’s hire follows the arrival of another debt finance partner, Tatiana Monastyrskaya, who joined the Firm’s New York office earlier this month. 

Kirkland has the largest dedicated group of debt finance practitioners in the marketplace, with an exceptional commercial understanding of U.S. and international financing markets. According to Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), the Firm’s more than 250 debt finance lawyers consistently handle more transactions for borrowers than any other law firm in the world and, for the last five years, have led the market in U.S. borrower transactions. 

In Texas, Kirkland’s presence has grown to include nearly 300 lawyers across offices in Houston and Dallas. Focused primarily on the energy and infrastructure sectors, Kirkland’s team is uniquely positioned to handle sophisticated and complex energy matters for clients around the world.