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Kristin M. Rylko



Kristin Rylko is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice. Kristin represents a variety of financial institutions, funds and corporate borrowers across a range of lending transactions, with a particular emphasis on the financing of investment funds.

Kristin has extensive experience structuring complex domestic and international financing transactions to private funds, sponsors and portfolio companies on a secured and unsecured basis, acting for both lenders and borrowers. Her fund finance experience encompasses a wide spectrum of transactions at all levels of the capital structure and every phase of a fund’s existence, including traditional subscription credit lines, hybrid and NAV facilities, management fee and GP-support lines, partner loan co-investment programs, after-care facilities, open-end fund lending, loans to separate accounts and fund of fund financings.

In addition, Kristin represents commercial lending institutions, insurance companies and corporate borrowers engaged in domestic as well as cross-border secured and unsecured financings. Her experience includes investment grade and leveraged lending deals, acquisition financings, working capital loans, asset-based and cash flow financings, first lien / second lien transactions, multicurrency financings, dividend recaps and debt restructurings.

Kristin has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the United States in the area of Banking in the International Financial Law Review’s IFLR1000 Legal Directory in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Kristin joined Mayer Brown in 2005, and is currently splitting her time between the firm’s London and Chicago offices.  She is also a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.   

Spoken Languages

  • English


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, with high honors
Executive Articles Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review; Order of the Coif; Dean's List

University of Illinois, BA, with highest distinction
Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's List


  • Illinois


  • Scenemakers Board - Goodman Theatre