Kirkland & Ellis unveils largest ever City partner promotions round

Kirkland & Ellis has promoted 13 London associates to partner, more than double the amount it made up in its City base last year and the largest ever on record.

The new partners come as part of a global promotions round that has seen 97 associates make the grade around the world, marking an increase on last year when the firm made up 81 lawyers.

This is the largest ever London promotions round since the firm first opened its doors in the capital in 1994.

Last year, the firm’s London arm saw six partners made up – the smallest number since 2012. In 2015 and 2014, the firm promoted eight City lawyers.

The new City partners include Andrew Butel in government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation; Mark Ingram and Frazer Money in tax; Philipp Kurek in litigation; Jeremy Leggate and Aranpreet Randhawa in investment funds; Jon Newman in arbitration; James Simpson in capital markets; Adam Skinner in financial services regulatory; and Christopher Wall in debt finance.

The office’s M&A and private equity practice gained the most new partner additions, with Mark Thompson, Jacob Traff, and Rebecca Villarreal all being made up.

In the US, the firm added 25 new partners in its Chicago office, five apiece in Houston and Los Angeles, one in Palo Alto, 10 in Washington DC and eight in San Francisco.

Its Hong Kong office, meanwhile, has been boosted by six new partners.

Meanwhile, Covington & Burling has announced its own partner promotions, with the US firm making up two in London. Tax lawyer Guy Dingley and intellectual property lawyer Mark Young join the ranks of the firm’s City partners.

Overall, Covington promoted 16 lawyers, with 13 made up in its domestic US offices and one lawyer promoted in Seoul.

Kirkland & Ellis 2017 partner promotions 

London Andrew Butel – government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation Mark Ingram – tax Philipp Kurek – litigation Jeremy Leggate – investment funds Frazer Money – tax Jon Newman – arbitration Aranpreet Randhawa – investment funds James Simpson – capital markets Adam Skinner – financial services regulatory Mark Thompson – M&A/private equity Jacob Traff – M&A/private equity Rebecca Villarreal – M&A/private equity Christopher Wall – debt finance

Chicago Jennifer Avery-Emani – M&A/private equity Aaron Berlin – debt finance Robert Britton – restructuring Ralph Dado – government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation Christopher Elder – M&A/private equity Seth Fishman – investment funds Karen Flanagan – M&A/private equity Maggie Flores – M&A/private equity/capital markets Emily Geier – restructuring Anna Geml – M&A/private equity Joe Graham – restructuring Sam Hong – technology and IP transactions Amanda Jacobowski – litigation Howard Kaplan – litigation Emma Lange-Novak – M&A/private equity Margaret Gillespie Cahoon Linkous – real estate Paul Mysliwiec – investment funds Stacy Pepper – litigation Gregory Pesce – restructuring Anne Salomon – litigation Anthony Sexton – tax Daniel Siegfried – litigation David Stults – investment funds Benjamin Winger – restructuring Alyse Wu – intellectual property litigation

Hong Kong David Couper – debt finance Hao-Chin (Frank) Jeng – litigation Daniel Margulies – restructuring Paul Quinn – litigation Robert Sandes – restructuring Yue Zhang – investment funds

Houston Michael Fisherman – capital markets Cyril Jones – M&A/private equity Samuel Peca – M&A/private equity Michael Rigdon – capital markets Nicolas Thompson – government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation

Los Angeles Benjamin Herbert – intellectual property litigation Bryan Ikegami – M&A/private equity Michael Onufer – litigation James Rapore – litigation Kristin Rose – litigation

New York Juliet Anderson – investment funds George Bauer – government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation Shanti Sadtler Conway – intellectual property litigation Christopher DeCoro – intellectual property litigation Rachel Gray – debt finance Anthony Grossi – restructuring Patrick Jacobs – M&A/private equity Ming Lim – capital markets Renata Lombardi Malavazzi – M&A/private equity Sean Malone – investment funds Mary Mazzello – intellectual property litigation Marsha Mogilevich – capital markets Mira Atanassova Mulvaney – intellectual property litigation Vishal Phalgoo – M&A/private equity Cristine Pirro – restructuring Jaclyn Rabin – investment funds Alan Rabinowitz – intellectual property litigation Elizabeth Richards – investment funds Drue Santora – derivatives Peter Seligson – capital markets Clement Smadja – M&A/private equity Leslie Theophile – investment funds Jessica Woolf – debt finance Lina Zhou – investment funds

Palo Alto Anjna Mehta – M&A/private equity

San Francisco James Beach – M&A/private equity James Beard – intellectual property litigation Kristen Derhaag – debt finance Sarah Forney – intellectual property litigation Aditi Iyer – debt finance Ashley Littlefield – litigation Sarah Schaedler – technology and IP transactions Jane Wu – debt finance

Washington DC Devin Allan DeBacker – litigation Jonathan Jones – intellectual property litigation William Kimmitt – litigation Edmund LaCour – appellate litigation Beth Mueller – government, regulatory and internal investigations litigation Sanjay Jose Mullick – international trade Bryan O’Keefe – labour and employment Andrew Pruitt – litigation Michael Schulman – labour and employment Megan Wold – appellate litigation

Covington & Burling 2017 partner promotions

John Balzano, New York – regulatory Lindsay Burke, Washington DC – employment Bradley Chernin, San Francisco – corporate Christopher DeCresce, New York – corporate Guy Dingley, London – tax Matthew Dunn, Washington DC – litigation Laura Flahive Wu, Washington DC – litigation Pamela Forrest, Washington DC – regulatory Megan Keane, Washington DC – litigation Sam Pyun, Seoul – corporate Kyle Rabe, New York – corporate Ansgar Simon, New York – tax Andrew Soukup, Washington DC – litigation Emily Ullman, Washington DC – litigation Mark Young, London – intellectual property