Kirkland & Ellis: Michael Urschel Joins Firm As Partner In Debt Finance Group

By Amit Chowdhry • Jun 9, 2024

Kirkland & Ellis announced that Michael Urschel has joined the firm as a partner in the Debt Finance Group, where he will lead its Structured Finance & Structured Private Credit Practice.

Urschel advises sponsors, credit funds, initial purchasers, institutional investors, investment banks and borrowers on a broad array of structured finance transactions.

During his career, he has focused on securitizations, structured private credit and private placements for many alternative asset types. And his work has covered complex sectors ranging from whole business securitization to digital infrastructure and energy asset securitization. Urschel has designed many of the prevailing structures in the securitization market today and has led many first-in-asset-class transactions.

Urschel has served on the Structured Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Legal Counsel Committee of the Structured Finance Association. And he is also the editor of The Securitisation Law Review. With 300+ dedicated lawyers, Kirkland’s debt finance practice is the largest in the world and serves 500+ private equity clients.


“Michael is a preeminent name for complex matters in the structured finance area. His experience and leadership will be particularly valuable as we continue to see greater demand for structured products across private equity, credit, infrastructure, fund finance and other core areas of our transactional practice. We are thrilled to welcome Michael to Kirkland.”

  • Jon A. Ballis, Chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee

“Kirkland has an outstanding reputation at the cutting-edge of private equity and funds, which is an area that has seen a growing interest in securitized products. The opportunity to join the Kirkland platform and a highly integrated and collaborative team was very attractive and I am excited to further build out the firm’s structured finance offerings.”

  • Michael Urschel