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Rachel L. Cantor

Rachel L. Cantor

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Professional Profile

Rachel Cantor’s practice focuses on the tax aspects of complex business transactions including domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts, as well as joint ventures, recapitalizations and debt and equity restructurings.

Rachel has worked on numerous private equity, LBO and merger and acquisition transactions ranging from several million dollars to several billion dollars for clients including: Madison Dearborn Partners, Audax Group, Wind Point Partners, Levine Leichtman and Accel KKR.

Other Distinctions

Selected as an "Up and Coming" lawyer in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2014 and 2015. The guide calls her a "[r]ising star" and clients say she is "very pragmatic and solution-oriented."

Selected as "MVP of the Year" for Tax Law by Law360 in 2013.

Named to "Chicago's 40 Under 40" by The National Law Journal in July 2013.

Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law in 2013–2016.

Recognized by clients as "really smart, diligent, and pleasant to work with," Rachel has been recommended for both private equity and tax in The Legal 500 U.S.


Rachel presented on the topic: “The Opaque Meaning of U.S. Property Under Section 956” at The University of Chicago 66th Tax Conference on November 9, 2013.

She has also been a lecturer on a variety of federal tax issues at seminars and conferences, including the Tax Executives Institute, the Chicago Tax Club, the Practicing Law Institute and the Chicago Kent Federal Tax Institute.

Prior Experience

McKee Nelson, 2001–2005

Practice Areas



2003, New York

2003, District of Columbia 2006, Illinois

Clerk & Government

2000-2001, Law Clerk to the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2000, with Honors
Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Yale University, B.S., Computer Science, 1995, cum laude

Rachel L. Cantor is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Advanced Topics in Joint Venture Formations: Planning and Strategies for Intangibles Under Section 197, Contingent Liabilities, and Considerations for Tax Distribution Provisions (PowerPoint slides) - Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2017, Friday, June 09, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances 2018, Tuesday, May 01, 2018, Chicago, IL

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