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Paralegal II – Debt Finance

Job ID: 7863

Updated: Jun 6, 2024

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and alternative asset management; restructurings; high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500 lawyers) operating from 20 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Paralegal II – Debt Finance who will support multiple partners and the overall practice on a variety of matters.

  • Prepares and files certificates of trust and other entity formation documents, typically in Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Prepares and files statutory filings with Secretary of State, including amendments and dissolutions, typically in Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Prepares and files sales finance license applications (mostly for Delaware statutory trusts in the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland)
  • Drafts written consents, typically for LLCs, in lieu of meeting, including both organizational and transactional closing matters
  • Prepares basic organization documents, typically for Delaware but also other jurisdictions
  • Prepares and files Form SS-4 with the IRS to obtain EINs
  • Prepares checklists to track all closing deliverables and deadlines for a transaction
  • Reviews and charts UCC and other lien search results
  • Prepares and files UCC financing statements, amendments and termination statements
  • Prepares ancillary closing documents supporting the base operative documents in a deal
  • Prepares and coordinates execution of signature pages, organization and compilation of the comprehensive set of transaction documents, and delivery of closing documentation
  • Drafts initial opinion support certificates
  • Drafts secretary’s certificates
  • LLC Agreement
  • Resolutions
  • Incumbency Certificate
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Drafts short form trust agreements
  • Drafts disclosure certificates (if prospectus, offering memorandum or other offering document in transaction)
  • Collects exhibits to transaction documents
  • Drafts notes, certificates or other securities from forms attached to documents
  • Orders certified copies and good standing certificates
  • Identifies and resolves problems that arise
  • Assists with closing, including tracking down signatures pages, final agreements, and providing general support
  • Interfaces with corporate service providers regarding statutory registered agent services (including changing contact information)
  • Provides direct support to clients (using discretion to handle matters directly or involving an attorney)
  • Collects third party documents
  • Prepares closing book index and oversees preparation of closing book
  • Proof SEC Edgar filings

OTHER FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. 

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • Paralegal certification preferred.

Tools and Equipment

  • N/A

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

This position requires 5+ years of experience preferably in a law firm assisting on structured financing matters for large corporate clients. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication skills, strong computer abilities, creativity, and initiative.  A successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have acute attention to detail, and is able to multi-task and prioritize while working in a high pressure, deadline-driven environment. Flexibility for travel and overtime is required.


Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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