Monica J. Shilling

Monica Shilling is a partner in the Corporate Department and co-head of the firm's global Private Equity Group. She has a broad corporate and securities law practice that focuses on advising:

  • investment banks and issuers in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including initial public offerings, other public offerings of debt or equity, private placements, corporate recapitalizations, consent solicitations and exchange offers;
  • purchasers, sellers and financial advisors in public and private merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiated takeovers, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, tender offers, joint ventures and spin-offs; and
  • public and private companies on matters of general corporate law and corporate governance, securities law, SEC (including Sarbanes-Oxley) and NYSE/Nasdaq compliance.

Monica represents private equity funds and their portfolio companies, often in a full investment cycle, including acquisitions, financings and dispositions. She also advises companies on the establishment of business development companies (BDCs) and other private and public equity vehicles. Monica is among a small number of attorneys in the country who actively represent BDCs, including Ares Capital Corporation, one of the largest BDC with over $15 billion under management.

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According to US Legal 500, clients comment that Monica "'impresses' clients who 'admit to being difficult to impress. She is one of the three or four best transactional lawyers with whom I have ever worked. Shilling has the total skill set: she has extremely high levels of intellectual capacity, legal knowledge, common sense, people skills and M&A transactional experience'."

Monica was honored by Chambers USA at its 2012 Women in Law Awards as the Up & Coming Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year and has also been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 transactional women lawyers in California in its 2011 and 2014 Top Women Lawyers issues.

Monica is a frequent guest panelist at the Women's Private Equity Summit, most recently as the moderator of the panel “The Market in 2016: How GPs and LPs are Thinking about Deals and Exits” in March 2016, and on the panel “The Lending Game: Understanding the Importance of BDCs” in March 2015. Additionally, Monica has been a guest speaker at the Practising Law Institute's Corporate Compliance Workshop, including PLI's 2008 Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute.