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Kirkland Promotes Record Partner Class

Oct. 2, 2019, 7:06 PM

Global law firm Kirkland & Ellis promoted a record 141 people to partner.

The partner class, which was effective Oct. 1, was three times the number in 2009 when Jeffrey Hammes was named to chair the firm’s global management executive committee.

This year’s class exceeded the 122 promotions announced last year. That number was significantly up from 97 partners in 2017, according to firm figures. The firm’s partner class was smaller in 2016, with only 81 named.

The newest class lists partners in a variety of practices, including private equity, debt finance, litigation, capital markets, restructuring, tax and antitrust.

The promotions were listed across 11 offices in the U.S. and overseas, including London, Hong Kong and Munich.

During Hammes’s tenure, which officially began in 2010 and ends early next year, the Chicago-based firm grew to some 2,500 lawyers globally.

Over the decade, revenues rose from $1.4 billion in 2009 to $3.7 billion last year, according to figures from the Am Law 100 rankings. It passed Latham & Watkins to become the largest law firm by gross revenue in 2017.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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