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 

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

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

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