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The team has fabulous lawyers and they represent clients vigorously." - Chambers USA, 2022

Our market-leading Debt Finance Practice Group is recognized by Chambers & Partners for its outstanding work and excellence in client service. We bring to bear the largest dedicated group of debt finance practitioners in the marketplace, with an exceptional commercial understanding of U.S. and international financing markets.

Serving more than 500 private equity clients, Kirkland has a deep understanding of the national debt markets and has become a destination practice for private equity sponsors and their affiliates. According to Bloomberg, Debtwire and Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters), our more than 300 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.

This unmatched volume of transactions allows us to provide creative and nimble counsel on today’s largest, multifaceted financing transactions, including leveraged acquisitions, public company financings, mezzanine, special situations, project finance, fund finance, and debt restructurings and workouts.

In today’s environment, where private equity sponsors increasingly need to identify and implement opportunities on a global scale, our ability to leverage a fully integrated global transactional team represents a significant advantage. This multidisciplinary approach provides borrower and lender clients with strategic and focused representation adapted to their needs.

Our client base is wide and varied, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to leading global private equity firms and their numerous portfolio companies. We help clients improve their competitive position by providing creative solutions, strategic market insight, operational support, global relationships and skill in advising and executing complex debt capital markets transactions.

Top 22 in 2022: Women in Leveraged Finance

Kayo Conference Series, 2022

Tier 1 for U.S. Banking & Finance; Bank Lending; and Commercial Lending - Advice to Borrowers

Chambers USA, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 U.S., 2021

Project Finance Group of the Year

Law360, 2021