Debt Finance Duo Joins Sidley from Kirkland

Nick Schwartz and Kristen Smith join Sidley from Kirkland & Ellis in New York and San Francisco respectively. Nick and Kristen focus on debt financing and has represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies as well as strategic borrowers in acquisition and non-acquisition matters.

Nick also specializes in the financing and strategic elements of restructurings including complex liability management and other related capital transactions. Nick has represented Apax Partners and its portfolio companies in multiple transactions and worked with clients like Clearlake Capital, 3G Capital, Advent International and The Blackstone Group. Prior to Kirkland, Nick was formerly at Simpson Thacher.

Kristen was formerly at Uber and has also represented a number of private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, along with public and private companies in a wide array of debt financing transactions for borrowers and lenders.