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Debt Finance Paralegal I

Job ID: 6523

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking an experienced corporate paralegal who will support multiple Corporate Partners focusing in Debt Finance and the overall practice on a variety of deals.

Essential Functions:
(This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

UCC Matters:

  • Orders lien searches from vendor.
  • Reviews lien search results and prepare lien summary.
  • Reviews/Drafts UCC-1 financing statements and UCC-3 financing statements.

Organizational Documents and Good Standing Certificates:

  • Orders charters and good standing certificates from vendor.
  • Communicates any good standing status issues to K&E attorneys/company.
  • Determines actions needed to restore company’s good standing status.
  • Obtains bylaws/operating agreements from K&E attorneys.
  • Organizes charters, bylaws/operating agreements and good standing certificates on DMS.

Resolutions and Certificates:

  • Drafts resolutions, support certificates to K&E legal opinion, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates.
  • Assists with distribution of resolutions, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates to lender’s counsel for review.
  • Makes any necessary revisions to resolutions, secretary’s certificates and officer’s/closing certificates.

Original Collateral:

  • Obtains copies of original securities to be pledged (e.g., stock/unit certificates, notes).
  • Prepares stock certificate/unit certificate to be pledged and update ledger.
  • Drafts stock/unit powers and/or endorsements.
  • Assists with delivery of original securities to lender’s counsel.

Signature Pages:

  • Obtains director and officer lists for each loan party.
  • Prepares signature page packets for attorney review.
  • Distributes signature page packets to signatories for execution.
  • Reviews and organizes executed signature pages.

Closing Conditions:

  • Reviews closing checklist and conditions precedent section of loan agreement to determine closing deliverables.
  • Determines loan parties.


  • Orders bring down letter.
  • Compiles closing deliverables (e.g., borrowing notice, secretary’s certificates, officer’s/closing certificates, perfection certificate, solvency certificate).
  • Distributes executed signature pages and closing deliverables to lender’s counsel (in escrow).


  • Saves executed versions and final versions of closing documents to subfolders on DMS.
  • Compiles and arrange for delivery of original executed signature pages and closing deliverables to lender’s counsel.
  • Prepares electronic copy closing sets.
  • Distributes original executed resolutions to the holder of the corporate minute books.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

This position requires at least 2+ years of paralegal experience preferably in a law firm handling complex matters for large corporate clients.  The ideal candidate will possess experience in Debt Finance and one or more areas including M&A, private equity, capital markets, asset-backed securitization, investment funds, investment management and/or venture capital.  Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication and management skills, creativity and initiative.  A successful candidate must be able to work independently as well as with a team, have an 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 work overtime is required.


Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a Document Management System.   Knowledge of Carpe Diem, Westlaw, TextMap, Relativity, SharePoint, and LegalKey is a plus.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations:

Bachelor’s degree and paralegal certificate preferred but not required.

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